A Girl Like Me by Ginger Scott

A Girl Like Me

I’m not supposed to be here.Death has come for me more than once, and each time it’s been a boy who’s stood between me and my final breath.I called him Christopher when he saved me as a child. When he came into my life again, only months ago, I knew him as Wes. Just as he did the time before, he disappeared the moment he made sure I was out of harm’s way; as if I didn’t ne...

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A Girl Like Me Reviews

  • Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)

    A Girl Like Me is unequivocally my most anticipated read of the year. After the way A Boy Like You left me hanging, I needed answers. I needed to know what would come of Josselyn and if what she suspected of Wes was true. Of course, any book by Ginger Scott leaves me full of anticipation but she's never left me with quite as many unanswered questions as she did in the first half of this duet. I couldn't wait for this sequel, for the conclusion to such an unbelievably spellbinding storyline, for

    A Girl Like Me is unequivocally my most anticipated read of the year. After the way A Boy Like You left me hanging, I needed answers. I needed to know what would come of Josselyn and if what she suspected of Wes was true. Of course, any book by Ginger Scott leaves me full of anticipation but she's never left me with quite as many unanswered questions as she did in the first half of this duet. I couldn't wait for this sequel, for the conclusion to such an unbelievably spellbinding storyline, for this extraordinary book that ended up being everything I could've hoped for and a million and one things I never could've expected.

    A Girl Like Me follows Joss as she seeks out answers she's been searching for her entire life... answers to questions we were also left with after the final page of A Boy Like You. This is as much a story of self discovery and acceptance as it is a romance. It's as much a story about Josselyn finding her own strength as it is a story about a special boy who was always around at precisely the right time... until he wasn't. I was completely gutted by the life Joss had led in the first book. And while much of what evolved in the first book was both healing and encouraging... it also wasn't. Joss was inevitably left broken and alone in an entirely new way when the boy who became her hero disappeared from her life. This continuation of that story, as Joss looks for the truth about her missing boy and his connection to her past, is gut wrenching, tugging the heart strings and knotting my stomach the whole way through. This story is intense. It's emotional. It had me gripping my kindle with white knuckled hands, eagerly devouring each page to see what would happen next.

    While it's certainly cryptic and a bit confusing at times, A Girl Like Me is pieced together PERFECTLY. I'll admit I was completely perplexed for much of it, but I was also in awe over how Ginger Scott meticulously crafted this entire storyline. You can't truly appreciate what you've read until you reach the end and can look back at the entire puzzle for what it is. No stone is left unturned, every detail from their childhood to present day fits perfectly into place to illustrate an unbelievably powerful story of love and loyalty and maybe something a little extraordinary. You know the past is somehow intertwined with the present, you know that characters are connected in ways that don't really make sense until they do. You know unbelievable things are happening and that stories have been told, but you really don't know what to believe until everything reveals itself at just the right time. You just have to sit back and let it all unfold before it makes any sense. Because it will. A Girl Like Me is mysterious, completely intriguing, and I was consumed. I was swept away by this beautiful story about a boy that does everything he can to save his world and a girl who finds her own power when her superhero disappears.

    A Girl Like Me is a story of impossible things. It's the story of two young people, both abandoned by the people who should've loved them the most, seemingly destined to heal and protect each other's broken parts. It's a story of survival and strength and forgiveness and hope woven seamlessly with the impossible, with mystery, with romance. This duet is unlike anything this author has ever written. This duet is unlike anything I've ever read. This duet is a thought provoking, emotional journey to find answers, to move forward, to find peace. I was completely gripped by what this author created, if for no other reason than to find those answers. My desire to understand the past and the present and what was to come was enough to keep me glued. But the love story between Joss and Wes is something else. It's special. It's sweet and difficult and heartbreaking and beautiful and, at times, incredibly sexy. Combine all of that with this undercurrent of unease that winds through this story, keeping me at the very edge of my seat both dreading and anxious for what was to come, and it all culminates into an unputdownable story I couldn't get enough of.

  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    3.5 ★'s

    I was really looking forward to this book with only a little trepidation that it was going to fall down the rabbit hole into the paranormal realm. And unfortunately, my intuition wasn't off...not by a long shot.

    Let me explain...if I knew there was a paranormal aspect going in to the first book, I think I would have been more accepting. I really enjoy Wes and Joss and was pulling for them all the way. However, not knowing that, the story took on a kind of comic book fe

    3.5 ★'s

    I was really looking forward to this book with only a little trepidation that it was going to fall down the rabbit hole into the paranormal realm. And unfortunately, my intuition wasn't off...not by a long shot.

    Let me explain...if I knew there was a paranormal aspect going in to the first book, I think I would have been more accepting. I really enjoy Wes and Joss and was pulling for them all the way. However, not knowing that, the story took on a kind of comic book feel. I had mentioned in my review for the first book that this reminded me of the movie,

    , and it still does.

    Not that there's anything wrong with superhero books (I guess I should have taken the first line of the blurb "literally" to heart). It just makes things a little harder to believe.

    From the ending of the last book, we know that Joss' has been in a bad place and Wes is nowhere to be found, however, both those aspects take turns for the better. Joss decides to go look for answers and while she does find some, she also finds just as many more questions.

    A person from both Wes and Joss' past takes a predominant, albeit crazy, position in their lives. I was happy that both of them were able to see through some things...even if other things did indeed come true.

    There's still

    romance...and those were my favorite parts. Wes and Joss are still trying to figure things out and I liked how Wes started opening up to his family and friends.

    There's some huge drama with Joss' dad that seemed to come out of nowhere. Again, not my favorite part and I was happy when that finally got worked out.

    I did really enjoy getting to know Grace and how important she became in Joss' life. She was a welcomed addition.

    I LOVED the epilogue...it was so sweet and even though I didn't like where everyone ended up, there was still hope for their futures.

  • Anne Mercier

    After reading A Boy Like You I was left hanging on a VERY high cliff, gripping tight, anxiously waiting for the sequel and it's finally here. Bless Ginger Scott for being such an amazing friend and sharing an ARC with me. I can't even... with these books! You don't know what's going to happen from one minute to the next. You're guessing... sometimes you're right, sometimes you're wrong--other times you just don't see it coming.

    Ginger has woven a complex tale in this duet. She's created a world

    After reading A Boy Like You I was left hanging on a VERY high cliff, gripping tight, anxiously waiting for the sequel and it's finally here. Bless Ginger Scott for being such an amazing friend and sharing an ARC with me. I can't even... with these books! You don't know what's going to happen from one minute to the next. You're guessing... sometimes you're right, sometimes you're wrong--other times you just don't see it coming.

    Ginger has woven a complex tale in this duet. She's created a world where the impossible can be possible and she's done it in true Ginger Scott fashion. It's not easy... none of it is easy. These teenagers--teenagers!--tackle adult-sized problems and fight their way through. Strong. That's how I'd describe Joss. Persistent. Dedicated. Inspiration. And Wes? He's a walking, talking dream. His kindness, understanding, quiet confidence, and mouth-watering sexiness.

    I want so much to talk about things that happen, but I'm not going to ruin this for you. I want you to experience everything I've experienced while reading these two books. I want you to feel everything I've felt while captivated by the brilliant story-telling of Ginger Scott. When you're finished? You're going to read the last word and you're going to need silence and solitude to take it all in. I am still thinking about this book constantly. Wes and Joss became real and I'll be revisiting them from time to time when I reread this amazing series!

  • Astrid - ☆Vanilla & Spice Books☆

    It's live on

    ✬✬✬ 4.5 STARS ✬✬✬

    When we get a Ginger Scott book it's a sure bet that it will be something different, something that will put your heart through an emotional meat grinder. It will be deliciously angsty and you will want to talk about it with your book bestie.

    The story continues right where the first in this duet ended. Joss is on her way to look for Wes and to visit her grandmother Grace in Arizona to learn more about her mom. On this journey

    It's live on

    ✬✬✬ 4.5 STARS ✬✬✬

    When we get a Ginger Scott book it's a sure bet that it will be something different, something that will put your heart through an emotional meat grinder. It will be deliciously angsty and you will want to talk about it with your book bestie.

    The story continues right where the first in this duet ended. Joss is on her way to look for Wes and to visit her grandmother Grace in Arizona to learn more about her mom. On this journey she receives answers from Grace which raise even more questions and she is not one step closer to finding Wes. Until she takes a closer look at one of the pics her grandmother gave her. The depth of the secrets and lies that become more apparent with every half-truth she learns are staggering.

    This is all you get about the plot from me. Yeah. Tough luck, huh? ;) I promise you'll be better off going in without being spoiled.

    Joss has matured a lot from where we started in book 1. Yes, she still lashes out, especially when she feels the sting of rejection but the heartbreak she experienced had her growing up fast. Not only is there a new maturity to her, there is also an unbreakable strength.

    She deals with problems adults would sway under and does it with dignity. Well. Mostly. Joss and her dad start building a relationship and while it remains complicated there is still a lot of love. She is a lioness and ready to defend those she loves.

    Wes is...Wes. He is such an unassuming, little bit bashful and sweet guy. Quiet, protective and so honest about his love for Joss. He is steadfast in his feelings for her and so wants to be the hero his girl deserves.

    Wes has his own demons to fight and it was hard to see him hurting, this good young man with a heart the size of Texas.

    And can I say that Kyle is the best friend ever? I think my book bestie and I will have to gang up on Ginger and bully her into writing his story. This guy is so good and sweet and always ready to provide comic relief when things get too serious. I adored him. Her dad has really grown on me too.

    Finally I'd like to explain why I deducted a half star. In the last 20% something happens and I could not explain the necessity of this twist. These characters have gone through so much, they have always prevailed. Why send them through hell another time?

    Ginger Scott's tale about a boy and a girl who aren't anything like us is poignant, definitely heart warming and complex. And every time she teaches me something. This story is about growth, being brave to be different and that facing adversity with people at your side is so much easier. And it reminds us that nothing is written in stone. People can change, situations can change and you can be the change

    The writing is impeccable and draws you in from the first words. This author's stories have a way to linger with me and even after days I still miss Wes and Joss. This one has so many twists that it gives you whiplash. It is also a little bit magical and I hope that a lot of people will pick up this duet and read it.

  • Christie«SHBBblogger»

    A Girl Like Me

    Like Us #2

    Ginger Scott

    May 26, 2017

    No

    After reading

    I couldn't wait to get my hands on this conclusion. The cliffy at the end of book one left me desperate for explanations about this very unique and beautifully crafted story. Ginger kept me on my toes, making me brainstorm theories around every corner. Just when I thought I had an element pegged, she turned around and threw a new

    A Girl Like Me

    Like Us #2

    Ginger Scott

    May 26, 2017

    No

    After reading

    I couldn't wait to get my hands on this conclusion. The cliffy at the end of book one left me desperate for explanations about this very unique and beautifully crafted story. Ginger kept me on my toes, making me brainstorm theories around every corner. Just when I thought I had an element pegged, she turned around and threw a new revelation in to contemplate. For me, that successful element of surprise is such a valuable quality while reading. And once I started, I could NOT put this book down. I was held tight in its grip and loving every minute.

    Joss and Wes have already been through hell and back in their young lives, but something ominous still looms. You get hints and pieces in the previous book, but all you're left with is questions and anxiety. You just know their toughest challenge is still to come. But if anyone was up for conquering insurmountable obstacles? It would be this girl. Joss.

    Josselyn Winters is a fighter. Her strength, tenacity, and courage were all characteristics that helped mold her into the gifted softball player she was. Even when tragedy marked her once again, she didn't let pity overwhelm her for long. She stood up, brushed herself off, and declared war. She wasn't going to lose this fight sitting down. And then there was the boy who entered her life, pushed her to find her spirit again. With his disappearance, she could have crumbled, lost herself into her old habits. But instead, she vowed to find him and bring him home by whatever means necessary. What she found was something that she least expected, the knowledge discovered in the journey was devastating.

    Wes was such a pure-hearted, and selfless guy. He made some hard choices, some that were misguided, but his intentions were in the right place. The love he showed Joss was as natural as breathing, it was special in a way I can't describe. Just like him. I

    and I loved him for Joss. If there were ever two characters that soulmates, who were destined to be together, it was them. And the way their story unfolded had me invested in not only their individual growth, but in how their relationship matured. I saw Joss transform from a careless and reckless teen to a young woman who could stand on her own two feet. While she loved that Wes wanted to charge in and rescue her, she wanted to slay her own dragons. And she did.

    I can't finish the review without mentioning how amazing the entire cast of characters were. Not only the h/H, but the secondary characters had such fantastic depth to them. Her father's struggle to overcome his addiction and become the parent that Joss deserved was a beautiful and worthy story all on its own. And Kyle...oh my. Sweet, funny, and so broken-hearted, I was longing for him to find someone of his own. His story just begging to be told, and I can only hope that Ginger takes pity on us all and revisits this town to bring him his HEA.

    My one little quibble is one thing that happens in the end.

    But in the overall scheme of things, it barely registered on my rating. I could undoubtedly see myself re-reading this and enjoying it many times to come.

    This duet is definitely distinctive from Ginger's other stories, but I mean that in the best way. Her writing has such a diverse range and I can't recommend her enough if you haven't had a chance to try out one of her books. I'm obviously a big fan, but I have to say that this duet is my new favorite. It was emotional, mysterious, and it beautifully expressed the power of love and perseverance in adversity. I can't go into major detail about the plot, but I leave you with one important

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  • TeriLyn

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    Absolute perfection from Ginger Scott. My favorite of hers to date. This is book 2 of a contemporary, young adult, duet and must read after book one. There's a magical quality to the writing, the characters, the romance, and the plot, woven through the pages that you'll fall in love with from the very start.

    Due to the distinctly unique nature of this sports/romance/young adult story, this r

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    Absolute perfection from Ginger Scott. My favorite of hers to date. This is book 2 of a contemporary, young adult, duet and must read after book one. There's a magical quality to the writing, the characters, the romance, and the plot, woven through the pages that you'll fall in love with from the very start.

    Due to the distinctly unique nature of this sports/romance/young adult story, this review is purposefully vague. I can't give anything away so instead I'm unleashing my unfiltered feelings about it as well as articulating that Ginger Scott took this duet places I never expected but went willingly with her. This book that finished this duet surprised me in the best possible ways. It's travels through themes that can be applied to every day life while keeping you transfixed to the pages. A pleasant surprise and an unforgettable journey.

    encompasses so much more extraordinary than romance. It's adversity and overcoming. It shapes this idea of good versus evil into something almost mythical. It's a reinvention of perceptions and dreams of a sort leaving you in awe of the finely-tuned writing craft of Ginger Scott.

    A boy and a girl always fall in love. You know that. But what happens when that love leaves you breathless and in pain as much as it makes you soar? What happens when that love becomes greater than your control and the parts you can control get mixed up? There's a superhero and villain in every story. The detailed, fleshy, intriguing parts come from how we rise up from circumstances surrounding those moving parts.

    I feel as though I'm making perfect sense in my head when really I'm making no sense at all. My main objective is that I want you to read this duet. It's compelling and entertaining. It's written and structured brilliantly. Ginger Scott has a beautiful gift for transporting back in time to when you were this age as she reminds of the vulnerability and culpability you have as well as the how it felt to meet the one person who understood you no matter what. She mixes those feelings with familial problems, sports, teenage shenanigans, and forever friends to provide you with a story that stays with you long after the end.

    My 5 star review for book one in the duet:

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  • Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

    ➦If you are a fan of

    and stories with

    then this YA novel might just be your jam. It has somewhat an elaborate plot and character development with a touch of

    on the side. Oh, and don't forget the

    , which will keep you guessing all the way throughout.

    ➦As mentioned in

    in this duet, the heroine encounters a boy who has once saved her life. I really am not going to go into any detail in fear of giving spoilers, so

    ➦If you are a fan of

    and stories with

    then this YA novel might just be your jam. It has somewhat an elaborate plot and character development with a touch of

    on the side. Oh, and don't forget the

    , which will keep you guessing all the way throughout.

    ➦As mentioned in

    in this duet, the heroine encounters a boy who has once saved her life. I really am not going to go into any detail in fear of giving spoilers, so I'm mostly going to talk about my experience while reading this duet.

    ➦I really

    , I did. It has good character development as well as good pacing. It kept me wondering about things and I wasn't sure if the second installment would venture into the

    territory. But it did, it totally did. And I simply have to mention this due to the fact that there will be others like me, who are simply not that into it.

    ➦I'm one of those people who love paranormal books. But it's either full on paranormal or nothing at all. So, whenever a book which appears to be your good old romance starts hinting at some supernatural events, my poor brain keeps asking questions that never get answered. If the book states that a character can FLY, you betcha I'll be asking questions like

    It's just the way I am.

    ➦The first 30% of the novel was way too

    for me. I have to be honest here and say that, perhaps, Ginger Scott's

    is not for me. I definitely see that the author is very

    when it comes to some scenes, trying to submerge the reader and make them part of the story. It didn't work for me.

    ➦I'm one of those people who notice

    and they can drive me absolutely bonkers. The author's

    is very prominent and

    . The smirking, the brow bunching, the lip pulling, the tongue biting, the swallowing is pretty much on every single page. The over-describing slowed down the pace for me and was very distracting. If it wasn't for that, I would have probably enjoyed the story a lot more - it has intriguing characters and a very sweet romance.

  • Akiko

    Almost all of the mysteries are explained and tied up in this one (except for the why of one, not that it needed to be). This book definitely has a paranormal aspect, not that it's the focus, and the ending is really sweet. I don't want to wreck the plot, so I'll leave my review at that.


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