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The Hard Count

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  4,393 ratings  ·  628 reviews
Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked smoke flows from pipes.

West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries t
300 pages
Published July 15th 2016
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Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!!!!!

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This is my favorite kind of YA read. Just the right amount of romance, heavy on the feels, self discovery, family and friendship. Add in the fact that it was a sports romance, that just made it all the better! The Hard Count is not only a beautiful YA romance, it’s also uplifting and inspiring. It had such a wonderful message and makes you want to do better, to be better.

Nico Medina goes to the same school as Reagan Prescott, but he’s from the We
Jennifer Kyle
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arcs
5 "Honor. Brotherhood. Tradition." STARS

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What is a Hard Count?A strategy used by a quarterback in which they will use a deceptive snap count in an effort to draw the defense offsides. Typically, a good hard count will rely on using a longer count to force an overaggressive defense to rush too quickly. A hard count can benefit the offense in two distinct ways. First, a team could be called for offsides and the offense could gain five free yards. Second, a team could receive a free pla
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

“Just don’t ever stop looking at me… Look at me like you expect more. Look at me like it isn’t going to be easy.” He breathes the words against my lips… “Make me earn it… I’ll earn it. I’ll never stop trying to earn it… to earn you.”

Holy wow, this story had SO. MUCH. HEART!! It was a YA sports romance that drew me in from the first few pages. The author perfectly captured the intense passion of the game in a way that brought tears to my eyes and made m
Ginger Scott
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I rarely rate my books in here...but damn it...I believe in this one. I hope you all love it too. It's every little piece of me.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best thing about this book is that Ginger not only knows her subject-matter but equally has the talent to fully immerse the reader in that world.

That said, I have a deep, fathomless and immeasurable *insert other synonyms* aversion to white-saviour tropes and the entire premise is how a white teenage daughter of a high school football coach saves a brown Latino boy who hails from the wrong side of the tracks. *eye twitches*

Similarly, the characters were simplistic and the plot undemanding, s
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

*****5 Stars*****


“In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.”

I absolutely loved everything about “The Hard Count.” Ginger Scott is a magician with the written word. I was reminded whilst reading this book why I love YA books so much. It was filled with love, loss, friendship and family. I’ve struggled to find a great book that really speaks to me and has the ability to stay with me forever. This book has it in spades and then some! This is a story of what happens wh
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
My favorite book is live <333


Nico is so much like home; like no home I have ever known."

This story was perfection!! I loved it so much, I was torn between wanting to finish and wishing it would never end, because it was so beautiful! It wasn't a simple romance, it was so much more!! Lately I’ve been reading a lot of sport romances and this one was the best! Everything in this story is special, original and unique!


I love Ginger Sco
I was pleasantly surprised with this book! It's a young adult book with a sports theme. In the beginning I thought I was going to become bored with the football talk and play by play on the field; but that was the farthest from the truth. As I continued to read, I found out this was a story that showed the value of family, loyalty, perseverance and love. This book is an angsty read but it's full of heart!

Nico is the boy that lives in the West End, which is the "bad neighbourhood," one where they

Title: The Hard Count
Series: Standalone
Author: Ginger Scott
Release date: July 15, 2016
Cliffhanger: No
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Honor, brotherhood, and tradition. These are words that inspire great triumph and mold the future success of the football team at Cornwall. They also instill fear and desperation to meet incredibly high expectations. At this private school, there's no room for error, no second chances. Winning and being on top of the competition is considered a frantic goal t
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I DEDICATE THIS REVIEW TO MY FAVORITE HOOCHIE ANA. She never gave up poking me to get this off my currently reading shelf and I deserve all the crap she's giving me now. Thank you, hoochie, love you! 😂😂

One thing that I can rely on when I read a book by Ginger Scott is that the hero will be lovable, strong, special and I have yet to read about a heroine of hers I dislike. Another thing we often get: present day problems addressed in a delicate manner.

In this book we meet
Wil Loves Books!
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whose house is this?
Our house.

I’m in love with this book, period. This was such a great read for me. As a sports nerd and a huge football fan, this book was everything I expected it to be and then some. This book reminded me why I love YA so much and why I should read YA more often. The High School experiences, the anticipation, that first touch, the first kiss, the first love, this book had all of that, and I enjoyed every second of it.

“The difference between our two worlds is impossible n
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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 photo c544a3f8e7b06660d3cc5a152d89b7_zpswf1vscy1.gif “ Special. Loyal. Smart. Mysterious. Important.I want more words for him.”

Before I begin my review, I think I should properly thank Ginger Scott for writing a YA sports romance that is so much more than just the game. Thank you for writing a story that tethers reader’s hearts to a story that shines brighter than Friday Night Lights. Hard Count was pure perfection. It was the quarterback sneak. It was the 40 yard dash to the end zone.
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, sports
This was an unexpected read. I saw a few friends had read this and really liked it. Even going in thinking I'm pretty sure I'll like it too, I was surprised with the effect it had. This is one of those stories that start out kind of slow and then it builds and builds until the end you when you finish and you sit back and think man that was really good! It's the kind of story that stays on your mind long after you finish reading it.

This is YA story that deals with the struggle with quite a few is
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I’m not a person connected to sports. I've never been. I was born lazy.

At school, I used to do everything I could to not participate in sports activities.

I hated P.E. and for that only, this story could have failed me big time.
Anyhow, I was curious after reading a few reviews.
I thought that maybe I could skim the boring parts?? And focus on the romance.
Gah! Did I? I did not!

Not sure how the author pulled this off! I mean, getting a 5 Star from me, because there is a lot of football here. I en
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Ginger Scott is an auto-one-click author for me. I love her stories, but this one might just be my favorite. First this book had so much heart in it, it inspired me and it made think. I loved falling into this world.

The Hard Count is a named after a type of football play. I had no clue what it was, even after I read the definition I was a little confused. However, I had my husband explain it to me and I was like okay, I got it but why? So as read this story I still wondered why. Is it just beca
Jeannine Allison
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First and foremost... I LOVED the message in this one. As the author states in her acknowledgements...
"This book is about more than just football. It’s about family. And it’s about the way people see other people."
And that really shined through for me. People don't always see the best in one another, and sometimes it's not even done in a malicious way. Sometimes people have the best intentions and just don't know any better. It's not okay--it's never okay to treat so
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This wasn't just a story about two kids falling in love, I felt like it was more about family. It was about the fact that no mater where you come from, whither you come from the the poor side of town or the rich, everyone has their own struggles and obstacles that they face. While I appreciated the family feel of the book and the overall message, I wanted a little more romance tbh. I just didn't fully feel their connection romantically. I did feel like they cared for ea
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing

**The Hard Count generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**

5+ "No matter how far that is." Stars

Ginger Scott continually awes me with her uniquely gifted YA voice. Her penchant for story telling steals your reading breath from beginning to end in The Hard Count. She quite eloquently captures the very essence of growing up. Her main characters learn and build upon their own ideas of what's right and wrong deciding for themselves where the gray areas lie and where there shouldn't be a
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
I'm just going to lead with the fact that THIS. BOOK. IS. INCREDIBLE. I can't remember the last book I read that completely captivated me the way THIS extraordinary book just did. This was my very first Ginger Scott book and within two or three pages I was absolutely addicted to her writing style. Within four or five pages I was absolutely consumed by this storyline. The cover screams sports romance. The prologue whispers of an emotional, difficult journey. The first chapter alludes to the poten ...more
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a storyline that is gritty, filled with conflict and jealousy, this one is for you. I loved it! It's edgy! It's exciting! It's surprising! It's extremely compelling! It. Is. Just. Darn. Everything!!!

The love story builds and builds upon itself from page one and is completely satisfying!

Reagan Prescott and Nico Medina, are seniors attending the same college prep school and are both academically gifted, but Nico comes from the wrong side of the railroad tracks. They've been
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
****3.5 STARS****

I liked this one. It had those YA feels. Those coming of age belly flutters. Those first love goosebumps. It was a little slow at the start, but then kicked up and I ended up really enjoying it. I was really invested in these characters. Nico is the sweetest hero. And Reagan is a great girl. I loved them together and apart. And I really, really loved the way Reagan rooted and wanted the best for Nico. Overall this is a good, sweet, story that brought some tender, achy, but lovel
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: no-just-no
Just couldn't get into this one. In all fairness, I've been in one serious book rut and this is the 4th book I couldn't connect to.

It had everything going for it; a YA sport romance with 2 star crossed lovers. But it was really, really, realllllllyyyyyyyy slow. And had an inordinate amount of football talk I just didn't care about. Lately, it's also been really hard for me to get into books that aren't dual POV, mainly because I find being in one character's head for that long cumbersome. And th
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
Love. Loved. Love. ❤️❤️❤️
Wow, this is an amazing story of struggle, loss, determination, acceptance, finding your place, and having the love of not only family but that one special person. I absolutely love a book that the couple gives it their all, Nico & Raegan dive head first into their relationship and never give up. They embrace each other and the struggles together. Amazing!!!!

The story is told entirely from Reagan’s perspective, but it works. However at times, mostly before the 55% mark,
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 LOVED IT Stars!
Ginger Scott is an automatic buy for me. This woman always brings out the feels in me when I'm reading one of her books. She always has me melting with that first kiss! This book right here was no different and I loved every bit of it! I didn't want it to end!
So happy I had a few good days and was able to read this because I didn't want to put it down once I started!

Awesome job GS!! Can't wait for more from you!

Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-heroes
This was an amazing story of struggle, determination, acceptance, and love of not only family but that special person that just fits you. These two MCs had a lot to overcome. Even at their young age though they were both very kind and respectful of one another. Once they both went all in they never waivered and didn't let anything stop them.

There was much more to this story than just a romance. There was the harsh truths about racism and how the lives of the rich determine the lives of the poor
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports-romance
Wonderful football romance.

I LOVED how it focused on football as a game. I've never watched Friday Night Lights, but this is how I would imagine it.

This sports romance definitely stood out, with its detailed descriptions and main characters.

The boy from the wrong side of town, scholarship recipient, honor student, that also excelled in the towns most revered game.

The conflict between coach and board was electrifying, the relationship between athlete and coach was heartwarming, the writing wa
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This book totally took me by surprise. I’ve read books by Ginger Scott before, and I know she writes captivating, intense and emotional stories, but this one is something just a little bit different - a dramatic, mature YA sports novel that is heartfelt and inspiring. Beautifully written and with a gorgeous romance tied in, it’s something special, and I really loved it.

Nico Medina is a boy from the wrong side of the track. Of mixed ethnicity and raised in a dangerous neighbourhood by h
Jacqueline's Reads
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Football Sports Fan Lover Stars

I love Ginger Scott reads. She’s my go-to author for meaty emotional books with real issues and real people. The Hard Count is a young adult read with a football sports theme. If you are a romance sports theme lover or just love football in general then this book is for you.

I love a good young adult book. I found these types of reads very innocent and I love how emotional the characters are. I’ll be honest and admit I’m not the biggest sports fan reader, only bec
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
The Hard Count by Ginger Scott
4.5 stars!!

“Ugly doesn’t have a color. It lives among selfishness and hate. And as much as this story is about football…it’s also about that.”

The Hard Count was one inspirational story penned by Ginger Scott. A book of traditions, beliefs, blanket misconceptions, prejudices and honour. A book whereby talent prevailed rather than the amount of cash and social standing your parents had, a book whereby a coach believed in the underdog and put his own reputa
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA fans of trumy well written stories
4,5 stars

An ARC has been kindly provided by Captured Press, via, in exchange for an honest review.
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This book is about so many things it’s amazing how the author treated them all without being just too much but rather flowing so effortlessly one into another.

It’s about football of course but it’s also about family and prejudice. It’s about making errors and learning from them, mending your soul, going past your jealousy and insecurities to become a bigger man. It’s about kicking
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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling, Goodreads Choice Award and Rita award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including The Waiting Series, The Falling Series, The Harper Boys, The Hard Count, Cry Baby and her recent Varsity Series. A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. When she's not writing, the odds a ...more

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