Saturday, August 17, 2013

Title: Waiting on the Sidelines
Author: Ginger Scott
Rating: 5/5
Published: April 14, 2013

Summary: Nolan Lennox had things figured out. Named after a baseball legend, she enjoyed being the Tomboy, her closet 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 to ever 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 and wonders if her humble upbringing can compete with the afforded luxuries of her privileged peers. 

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?

    Where to start with this book?  Can I just say that it was hands down one of my favorite books of the summer?  Pssh, who am I kidding, this is my book blog I can say whatever I want!  I LOVE Ryan Gossling!!!! (Sorry for the random outbust.) Ginger Scott did a gorgeous job getting in the inside of a teenage girl's mind & catching the truth of high school.  An excellent writing job nonetheless, and from a debut author it was an outstanding piece. This books, teenagers and adults both will have you laughing, smiling, crying, and getting to know Nolan as your best friend.  
My Reaction when I read the ending because of the sweetness.
My reaction as soon as I finished Waiting on the Sidelines:

If you can't tell already by the images, and rating that is listed by the summary I honestly loved the book.  I can sorta kinda relate to the character- ergo I'm not tall, nor athletic, but I am also not the most popular girl at school - far from it- and I'm a little different from everyone else.  I used to think that the bullying in books was exaggerated-and in some cases they are-, but I know that girls are mean and caddy in high school.  They say mean things to each other, and about each other to other people.  It's the truth and Ginger did an amazing job capturing teenage girls.
    And the romance between Nolan and Reed?  *sighs* So. Friggin'. Sweet.  They were honestly one of my all time favorite book couples, even though they were only together for the last half of the book while both of them were figuring who they were.  Battling through relationships that wouldn't work all through high school. But I'm not going to spoil the end- but it is for you to figure out if they stay together past high school or were they just high school sweethearts and that is it.
  Another thing the author caught properly was how Nolan felt about Reed was when he came to her house and she was so embarrassed because of how she lived in a trailer and Reed practically lived in a mansion.  She didn't want him to for he may think she was trailer trash, but Nolan was as far from that as possible. Smart, funny, and beautiful she was a gorgeous character. 

Cover Reveal Portion!!!!! 

Cover reveal for the the sequel for Waiting on the Sidelines!

Can first loves really be forever?

Nolan Lennox was strong, a survivor. She’d stood up to those who tore her down and found her purpose in life when she was at her lowest, her heart broken. And she was rewarded with the fairytale ending she’d always dreamed of. She spent four years loving Reed Johnson, the popular quarterback at her small town high school, earning his friendship first and, eventually, his heart. But fairytales are fiction, and life…well, real life is messy. Can Reed and Nolan’s love survive the growing pains that come along with truly growing up?

Reed and Nolan’s story continues in Going Long, the sequel to Waiting on the Sidelines. It will will be available for download on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Sony and Barnes & Noble in October 2013.                 

Everyone of you need to go buy Waiting on the Sidelines for a high school romance that is REAL, and go ahead and be ready to by the sequal, Going Long in a couple of months!
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