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Waiting on the Sidelines

Narrated by: Laura Darrell
Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
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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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Brilliant

I really like the fact that this story was told over a few years. Often romances are whirlwind in books but the highs and lows of Nolan and Reed played out over years, giving their relationship more depth and making it more realistic.

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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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  • Listening is Reading
  • 22-08-18

Waiting on the Sidelines

I found this book to be a little predictable but I overall enjoyed these characters. I am not for the dramalama and I did roll my eyes a few times but the bones of the story sucked me in.

New guy, becomes popular. Kind of under the radar girl falls for the new guy. Can’t forget the mean girl, who gets the new guy. ;)

But what kept me going was Reed and his friendship with Nolan even when Reeds Meanie GF was around he was still friends with Nolan.

Can we please talk about Reed's dad, I think he is one of the best supporting characters in this book. He is awesome and I loved that he knew Nolan was special and needed the encouragement.

Love that Nolan had a great relationship with her dad that made my heart happy.

The will they won’t they were getting a little old, but I hung in there and I am happy I finished.

Very much loved the narration I think Laura Darrell does a perfect job.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-08-18

"PULLED AN ALL-NIGHTER! WOW!"

If you're reading this, be prepared to go on emotional rollercoaster with unending twists and turns. Wheeeewww!!! OMG! I was SO angry, happy, sad; every emotion you can think of is what I felt. Nolan, and Reed had a beautiful love story. However, it didn't exclude angst, resentment, heartbreak (typical teenage/high school stuff). (((SPOILER!!!!))) My only drawback, was how desperate Nolan was for Reed (Just my POV). She gave him her WHOLE heart only to have it stopped on over-and-over again. I felt like Reed knew deep down he wanted Nolan, like from the start. But, typical boy he was with raging hormones, he decided to sow his 'royal oats' knowing that Nolan would always be there. I hated that not only was Nolan bullied, by her arch enemy (someone Reed continually slept with, knowing somewhat that she was bullying his friend/love interest) He continued to lead Nolan on, uncertain of what he really wants (trusting that no matter how many girls he slept with, how vulgar his words were, Nolan would be right there. And she was to an extent). I appreciated the author allowing Nolan, to raise up and defend herself (she wasn't the proverbial 'stupid-girl' but I just felt like what she did wasn't enough. SHE HURT OVER AND OVER AGAIN, AND ALL SHE EVER DID WAS LOVE REED!!!!) This behavior (though Reed was apologetic and tried to mend fences) continued all the way to graduation. And I know this is typical for youth's who are 'coming of age,' but it was rather annoying having Nolan constantly pine over a boy who wasn't sure whether or not he was ready to treat her like she deserved. Over all, it was a great read! I could not put it down.

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  • FS Meurinne
  • 18-08-18

I love it

I read the book as an ARC a while back, I now got the audiobook and fell more in love with it. A must for anyone who lokes sports romance.

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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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  • Lenore Kosinski
  • 12-01-19

Solid narration, frustrating book...

3.5 stars — I previously reviewed the Kindle book, review can be found on Amazon. This is mainly a review of the audiobook narrator, as my opinion of the book really didn’t change much. The book still started off super strong, yet by the end I was left feeling frustrated and angry with both Reed and Nolan. It was just one too many instances of Reed behaving badly, which suggests to me he will always deal with stress and uncertainty in a harmful way; and one too many instances of Nolan bending over backwards for him and taking him back with barely a whisper of an apology, not helping him to learn and grow in the future. Now, they are teenagers. But still. This is the one book that I can now say I consistently end it wishing that the two hadn’t ended up together. At least not yet. Not without more growth. Perhaps I will get that in the next book.

Anyways, as for our narrator, I thought she was decent. Her pacing was fantastic, I thought she did a good job of the different voices of characters, and her voice fit as Nolan for me. I will admit that the way she narrated Nolan made me more acutely aware of just how much Nolan’s love of Reed felt more like infatuation…but again, she is a teenager. And I definitely felt some of the emotional moments from her. I did notice the occasional pronunciation that twigged me (though apparently one of them can be pronounced both ways), and while I enjoyed her, she didn’t make my top narrator list. But I would be fine listening to her again in the future (which is good since she narrates the next book in this series).

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  • Shelly Hastings Suhr
  • 11-01-19

Utterly addicting!

Ginger Scott knows her way around a young adult book. I mean, I was sucked into this one immediately and held spellbound while Nolan and Reed navigated their way through all kinds of angst and drama that felt so authentic to the high school experience. Plus: epic love.

I LOVED their love story. I hung on every twist and turn and bump in the road they encountered. I was here for their drama, 100% - and left wanting more. The narration was flawless and pulled me right into the story. I literally couldn’t get enough, and definitely recommend!

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  • Astrid
  • 02-12-18

Teenage angst galore

I was fortunate to receive the audiobook for this story and I have to say that Laura Darnell did a tremendous job narrating the heroine Nolan. She has a young enough voice to make it credible and I really enjoyed listening to her bringing life to the characters.

In my last review of one of Ginger Scott's books I mentioned that I can rely on lovable heroes. This time it's the hero who made me feel utterly conflicted in WAITING ON THE SIDELINES.

Reed's immature actions and sometimes spiteful reactions didn't exactly endear him to me. I would have been able to explain it away if he'd had a good reason to be the way he was but he didn't. Nolan and Reed started out as friends with the heroine always carrying a torch for Reed. When the time came that Reed developed deeper feelings he dropped the ball not only once but numerous times and at some point I was wondering if Nolan wouldn't be better off without him. But (yes, there is a but): I saw glimpses of the characters I've come to love in this author's stories and I'm hoping that he will make up for all the crap he gave Nolan in the next book.

By now you're probably wondering why I still gave WAITING ON THE SIDELINES a high rating. And here is why: The book was told in the heroine's point of view and I felt like it was more her journey in this Coming of Age story than it was the hero's. Nolan grew so much from the beginning of her puppy love for Reed to the end when she knew she'd always love him but recognized the toxic relationship they'd had in the past. I loved Nolan - sure she had her moments, sometimes being immature as well but she owned it, learned from it and grew with it.

This story isn't easy - it's full of teenage angst and yet Ginger Scott managed to make me relate to the characters. Yeah it's been a while since I was in high school but I can remember the heartbreak back then. I need a little breather before I go into GOING LONG but I want to see how Reed is being redeemed. I expect more delicious angst!