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Nolan Lennox had things figured out. Named after a baseball legend, she enjoyed being the tomboy. Her closet was filled with her brother's hand-me-downs, cut-off jeans, and soccer shorts. But when her first trip to high school results in a broken heart from the first boy ever to make her heart flutter and cruel words from an older girl she once thought a family friend, Nolan starts to question the very person she thought she was.

Throughout the next four years, Nolan struggles to maintain herself throughout her path of discovery, learning just how cruel teenagers can be through the pressures of underage drinking, sexuality, and class. And despite how life seems to continue to work against her, she still manages to listen to her heart, falling deeper and deeper for the guy the entire town adores, even if he only sees her as a friend. Can Nolan strike a compromise between her own integrity and the boy she loves? And can she make him notice her before it's too late?

Reed Johnson came to Coolidge High School with a lot of fanfare. The son of a hometown football legend and the brother of a local football hero, Reed wore all the pressures of carrying a town without hope into the spotlight. Thankfully he had the talent to back it up. But when he meets a girl who makes him think twice about exactly what being a hero means, he starts to wonder if following in his brother's footsteps might be all wrong.

Nolan Lennox was everything that was opposite of expected. She didn't flirt, she didn't drink, and she didn't sleep around. Nothing about her was easy, but something about her made Reed want to try harder. Though she didn't look the part, she seemed to be spending a lot of time in Reed's thoughts, and he wondered if she could be the one who made it all worthwhile. But could Reed handle letting her down? And would breaking her heart break him beyond repair?

©2013 Ginger Scott (Ginger Eiden) (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • BLF
  • 31-07-15

a young adult read

I rarely am moved to write a review but felt compelled to write this one - while I am far from a young adult (even my children are beyond young adult ) I could relate to the trials of Reed and Nolan. I come from a time when people were kinder to each other or at least that is how I remember my high school years. That said I am familiar with the likes of Tatum and later Dylan, those beautiful, smart "in crowd" girls who feed on hurting others. It is a sad commentary on our society that their actions are rewarded and accepted rather than shunned, that was not the case when I was a teenager.

Recently an article appeared on the net looking at what markers were indications for success. No surprise to me, and I am sure to those of my generation, the markers were kindness and ability to share at a young age. I am more than lucky to have raised four successful and wonderful children who are truly good people. To those out there who have suffered at the hands of cruel and callous peers, take heart you shall overcome as my children have and as Nolan and Reed ultimately do.

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  • holly f
  • 02-08-15

Extremely good

Great primary and secondary characters. Well written. Captivating. entertaining.One of the best books I've read in a while.

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  • James
  • 10-09-16

It was okay

Maybe, I'm just in a bad mood but Reed is a jerk & Nolan deserves way better. But when you fall in love, it's hard to be rational. Oh well, I'm willing to read the 2nd but no promises.

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  • Mary Bonham-carter
  • 10-08-18

Unlikeble MC's

I had a hard time liking either of the MC’s. Reed is a self absorbed, unapologetic, prick and Nolan is childish and pathetic. I couldn’t see any redeeming qualities in Reed what so ever. Sure he has looks and athleticism, but he thinks only of himself, and regularly associates with his Ex who proves over and over again to be a disgusting human being. Through out the book Reed has little to no regard for the girl he supposedly loves (Nolan) and in the end he is intentionally cruel to her. If you are looking for a story of a girl's unhealthy obsession with a spoiled selfish popular guy, this is your book.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 08-07-18

Ginger Scott Scored a Touchdown With This One

I rarely give YA books 5 stars because they always feel the same to me, but Ginger Scott created a world where I became emotionally invested in these characters and their outcome.

I had this book as an audible for months and I'm upset with myself that I pushed it off for this long to read. All the readers out there will understand me when I say that I felt like a friend to all of these people looking in on the sidelines watching their lives unfold. I laughed with them, I cried with them, I became angry at them, and I fell in love with them. I have to admit that my favorite character wasn't even one of the main ones - Buck, the most outstanding father out there!! His ability to accept someone into his life and love them unconditionally is rather remarkable. I always enjoyed the scenes with him in them.

My favorite thing about Nolan and Reed's romance is it didn't happen overnight. It took place over a span of 4 years. Nolan was in love with Reed from the beginning - starting off as that hopeless crush that all of us girls and guys have had on someone once (or twice or a million times) in our youth. When you finally think things are going great another curve ball is thrown at us and the characters are yet again pulled apart. After many attempts to finally set things right, we, the readers, finally get that happy ending we were hoping for as the book closes. Definitely worth all of the angst getting there.

The thing that made it believable for me and not like all the other YA romances out there is the troubles and heartaches felt real to me. They fell in line with what real YA would go through in HS. Ginger Scott brought back all the feelings I felt in HS (some good and some totally bad!!) and I could actually relate to the characters. Nolan wasn't just a girl who fell for a "hot" football star. Instead, she was a girl who was smart and witty and had passion for things outside of this boy. In the end despite her love for Reed, she didn't allow that to make her decision on what she wanted to do and where she wanted to go to college to achieve that goal. Something that most girls with HS boyfriends have to face. Reed wasn't just your typical jock either. When he wasn't being a jerk (which there were plenty of those times) he was sweet and intelligent and wanted to be more than what everyone expected he should be as the star quarterback. He had a lot of challenges he was faced with during this novel and I liked that he grew up and learned to be a better person.

This book kept me up late at night and woke me up early so I could get to the end. So I blame you, Ginger Scott, for the last few nights with very little sleep. I hope that weighs heavy on your conscience as you write your next novel because I'm going to keep reading books by you and I may become a zombie soon if this continues :D In all seriousness, this book has become one of my favorite YA romances and I can't wait to continue their story in Going Long.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-06-18

Huge eye roll

Noland is the most insecure woman In the world. So many things could’ve been avoided if she just spoke up! Also the way she likes him is border line creepy asf. That kind of obsession is so unhealthy.

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  • Wheeblers
  • 05-04-18

irredeemable Male Lead

Book was written well, but i just never liked the lead guy. He was a schmuck and he wasnt worthy of her.

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  • Tina Ratttay-Green
  • 06-03-18

love it

loved this book. it lets the reader know that even in print, life isn't all peaches and cream

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  • Maria
  • 09-02-18

loved it!!

I really enjoyed this book. I liked how it spanned the main character's high school years.

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  • Shannon O
  • 09-01-18

Sucked in to their world.

I love the characters Scott wrote and the way the narrator brought them to life. I felt like I was pulled into their world and suddenly their best friend. Cannot wait to see where the journey of their story goes next.