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A Girl Like Me

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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 need any more saving.

This time, though, death left me with a reminder of how powerful it is. I know it meant to strip me of my spirit again, but it failed.

Even so, I know I need Wes to survive. Our souls are woven together somehow, our every breath in sync. I feel it, even though everyone says I shouldn’t.

The world thinks he’s missing.
His loved ones don’t want to believe he’s dead.
Only I know just how special he is.

I’m going to find him and bring him home, where he belongs. Together, we’ll face impossible—we’ll rewrite our ending.

And when the bad guys come calling, we will always win.

302 pages, Paperback

First published May 26, 2017

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Ginger Scott

74 books3,324 followers
Ginger Scott is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon-bestselling author from Peoria, Arizona. She was also nominated for both the Goodreads Choice and Rita Awards. She is the author of several young and new adult romances, including recent bestsellers The Fuel Series, The Varsity Series, The Hard Count, A Boy Like You, A Girl Like Me, Cry Baby, This Is Falling and Wild Reckless.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger's other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. She has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for a hella long time. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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Profile Image for Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦.
662 reviews2,414 followers
May 26, 2017

➦If you are a fan of sports romances and stories with paranormal elements then this YA novel might just be your jam. It has somewhat an elaborate plot and character development with a touch of baseball on the side. Oh, and don't forget the mysteriousness, which will keep you guessing all the way throughout.

➦As mentioned in my review of the first book 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 loved the first book, 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 paranormal 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 "why? how did that happen? why isn't anyone freaking out? Are you really not going to explain?" It's just the way I am.

➦The first 30% of the novel was way too slow paced for me. I have to be honest here and say that, perhaps, Ginger Scott's writing style is not for me. I definitely see that the author is very descriptive 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 patterns and they can drive me absolutely bonkers. The author's fascination with facial expressions is very prominent and repetitive. 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.

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794 reviews876 followers
May 26, 2017

It's live on AMAZON

Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books

✬✬✬ 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.

“I know you don’t need a hero, Joss. You are the strongest person I know. Even so, I can’t help myself. I never could. And not because someone told me I was supposed to, either.”

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 isn’t weird. He isn’t alien. He’s a gift— rare and mine.

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 closes the small distance between us and cups my cheeks, pulling my head toward his and resting our foreheads together. “I love you something fierce,” he whispers, and for the first time in an hour, my pulse begins to slow.

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.

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958 reviews1,241 followers
May 24, 2017

Title: A Girl Like Me
Series: Like Us #2
Author: Ginger Scott
Release date: May 26, 2017
Cliffhanger: No

After reading A Boy Like You, 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.

I left this house in the middle of the night in search of answers, and days later, all I have is pain and regret.

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 loved him, 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.

Wes has taught me what tender means; what love is and what self-respect deserves.

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 demand thought. Read. This. Book!

“I’m yours,” he says, his head falling against mine.
“Yeah?” I ask.
“Yeah,” he says. “I’ll be the reason you wake up smiling. That’s hero enough for me.”


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1,335 reviews385 followers
May 25, 2017

**A Girl Like Me generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**

5+ "You sure you can't fly?" Stars

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.

"I can't fly."

A Girl Like Me 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:
A Boy Like You

May 22, 2017
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.
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Author 109 books1,762 followers
April 10, 2017
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!
June 17, 2017
3.5 ★'s

"You defy science."

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, Unbreakable, 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 some 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.
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926 reviews306 followers
June 12, 2017
Original review: The Daydreaming Bookworm

*3.5 Stars!*

After the ending of A Boy Like You left me for dead, I was dying to get my hands on the sequel to see what would happen next. There were so many questions floating around in my head and I just wanted answers to all of them. I was also curious to see if any of my theories would end up being true because some of them felt like a long shot, but I was secretly hoping things would pan out the way I wanted them to.

A Girl Like Me picks up where A Boy Like You left off as Joss and Kyle set out on the road to find Wes and hopefully convince him to return home. While on the search for Wes, they make a few stops along the way and finally get some answers about Wes’ past and they also find out more about Joss’ mother. With this new information in hand, Joss starts to fill in the missing pieces and things start to become clearer. When Joss and Kyle find Wes and tell him what they know, he is not easily convinced. He believes that his presence is a threat to Joss’ safety , but little does he know that he is the only one that can save her from in the end.


If you haven’t read A Boy Like You yet, then I highly suggest you stop reading this review because I’m going to be discussing some major spoilers that will ruin this series for you! I’m also going to try to keep this review as spoiler free for A Girl Like Me, but I make no promises. 🙂


I had a very strong feeling that this contemporary story would somehow turn into a paranormal romance and I was right! I very much got some “Clark Kent vibes” while reading A Boy Like You and the story did end up going down that route and I actually like this little twist. The mystery about who Wes was and what he could do kept me hooked to this story and I lowkey felt like a detective trying to piece together this puzzle. I also liked the fact that Scott leaves no stone unturned. She literally goes back to the beginning to explain how Wes’ powers came to be and why he and Joss share the connection that they do. I honestly still can’t believe I hit the nail on the head when it came to figuring out this twist.

I loved Joss in the first book and I love her even more in this sequel. This girl has literally been through hell and back, but she’s a fighter and everyday she works to become strong and hopefully get back out on the field doing what she loves. She also never gives up on the people in her life and tries to help even if they refuse it. When it comes to Wes, I kind of felt a disconnect with him in this book. Considering majority of this book is Joss trying to figure out what Wes is, I felt like he should’ve been more involved in this story. I also wasn’t too excited when it came to the romance. The romance took a back seat to the mystery and I’m sorry, but a girl just wanted more Wes and Joss scenes. A character that ended up surprising me was Kyle. I didn’t care too much for him in the first book, but he totally won me over in this sequel and he definitely deserves some type of happily-ever-after for helping Joss and Wes find their way back to each other! *Me hinting at a spin-off for Kyle*

The main reason why I didn’t end up loving this book as much as the first has to do with Joss’ dad. In this sequel, a side story develops with Joss’ dad who finds himself in some trouble he can’t easily get out of. This all kind of came out of left field for me and I didn’t like how this conflict took over the second half of the story. It just wasn’t a good flow for me and maybe if this story line had started to develop in the first book, I would’ve been more on board with it.

Although I had a few issues with A Girl Like Me, it was still a satisfying sequel and I’m pleased with how Joss and Wes’ story played out. Ginger Scott took a chance when it came to this series and while I applaud her for it, I definitely feel like the twist is going to be a hit or miss with some readers.
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797 reviews117 followers
May 27, 2017

 6++++ STARS!!!

Waiting for one of your most anticipated books can be stressful. You wander around the authors Facebook page, maybe even in their group, anxious for little teasers or even a mini excerpt. You bite your nails, possibly even start drinking while your stomach whirls, nervous about what's to come.

A Boy Like You surpassed all my hopes and waiting for A Girl Like Me was HARD, but WOW, was it worth it. Magical, mystical, with twists and so many unexpected turns, Ginger Scott gives you a duet that checks all the boxes.

If you haven't read A Boy Like You yet, STOP right here and do that right now as you have to read that prior to reading A Girl Like Me.

We all need superheroes—the person who will rescue you no matter what. It can be a friend, a family member, and sometimes, it can even be yourself.

When we last left Wes and Joss, Wes was missing but Joss knew down deep inside that he wasn't gone for good. Determined to find the boy who's always been her hero, Joss does what she does best, she doesn't give up.

"Sometimes, Josselyn, things just are what they are. There isn't some great reason, or some moment of redemption that makes all of the hurt and suffering right again."

After reading A Boy Like You, I had no idea how Ginger would pull off tying up all the loose ends and unanswered questions. My mind was spinning and my heart was in my throat. I cried—real tears—for two beautiful, incredible people who deserved all the happiness that life offers, yet faced obstacle after obstacle.

"...I try to wrap my brain around where I am, how this life is mine. None of it seems fair. I've has so very few years of happiness. A child should be happy. For a girl like me, though, happy has always been defined differently."

These books will always hold a special place in my heart. Ginger proves once again that she is brilliant, bringing these characters and this story to life. I adored the secondary characters as well and truly hope she revisits them someday.

If you're looking for a #bookgasm and to get lost in a magical story, don't hesitate and dive in. This duet is sitting on my top reads list for 2017, and Ginger Scott nailed it. Breathtaking, perfection. Pure gold.
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2,402 reviews1,850 followers
September 10, 2017
A GIRL LIKE ME went in a few directions I didn't expect or didn't like or.. wasn't sure about.

I found the beginning kind of confusing. I was left uncertain as to where Scott was going with everything. But then.. some of that went away. Things were getting better. Events were calming down; until they weren't.

Yes, this is all going to be the vaguest of vague, because there's so little I can say that won't ruin this duet for new readers.

I don't want to totally rehash my rant to a book buddy (hi Rebecca!) but one of my big pet peeves with contemporary novels that try and push the thriller/drama elements is that when you already those on the go.. why push it further? I definitely feel a line was crossed into escalating things after they should've been resolved. There's just a lot happening, basically from the beginning, and all wrapped around Joss and.. like, I get it, but c'mon. Give me a break. Sometimes it's just way too much and I cannot suspend my disbelief. But. Having said that, the scene in question that really got me going.. it served a purpose and I suppose it was necessary for how everything needed to wrap up. I'm still not really happy about it, though, because it could've gone a hundred other ways to get to that same point. But I digress.

Personally, despite some of the interpersonal dynamics between characters and groundbreaking repair to some damaged relationships, I honestly could've done without this one. A BOY LIKE YOU could almost stand on it's own and I kind of like that idea better. Take book one and replace those final two chapters with those of A GIRL LIKE ME.. and we have a standalone book that I'm on board with.

Despite the unexpected turn of this final installment, I enjoyed a lot of this story and these damaged, broken, hopeful, characters. I did find some of Scott's word choice to be a little repetitive (she was pretty hung up on certain facial expressions and eye contact, but, hey, YAish romance, whatever) but I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
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486 reviews47 followers
May 27, 2017
5 - Forever connected - Stars


*ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

After the thousand questions A Boy Like You left behind, I can easily say that this was one of my most anticipated books of 2017, but it even exceeded all my expectations. Ginger Scott was able to wove together this story so perfectly and cleverly that it absolutely blew me away.

At the end of A Boy Like You a circle closed and a boy and a hero had lost. In A Girl Like Me Joss tries to find his hero and she takes off on a journey with her best friend, Kyle. This is the story where mysterious clues are found, puzzle pieces come together and secrets are revealed.

I truly loved everything about this book and I know I always say this, but I think this duet is truly my favorite by Ginger so far. ❤ I loved how all the threads connected at the end and I loved the message of the story, that there are many different kinds of superheroes and Joss is also one of them. She is super in her own way and I’m so proud of her because of everything that she archived and how she could rise above everything that life threw at her.

This duet is unexpected, unique and outstanding with amazing, unforgettable characters and with a kind of plot that kept me at the edge of my seat during my whole read. I loved how the author dared to step out of the usual boundaries to try out something different and I loved how she touched many serious subject matters in this story too, with exceptional talent and professionalism.

The Like Us duet is a truly emotional journey about first love, new challenges, friendship and two fates bound together forever, but it is also a story of hope. Hope that heroes truly exist and everyone can find their own even sometimes in the most unexpected places. I highly recommend this duet for everyone! ❤

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943 reviews223 followers
June 2, 2017
4 Stars!
I've had a busy few week and I'm so glad I finally got to finish this book. I didn't love it as much as the first one but I still loved it!

I'm a huge fan of Ginger Scotts books! Can't wait for more new releases!

I'd also love to get a book on Wes's brothers and Kyle because I loved them just as much as Joss and Wess:))
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2,867 reviews930 followers
May 26, 2017
3.5 stars

This is the second book in the Like Us series, the follow up to the emotional, dramatic and surprising A Boy Like You. I loved the first book, Joss and Wes’ story was sweet, romantic and unexpected with lots of twists and turns, and I was left with so many questions after I finished it. This book jumps right back into the story (though I found that I did have to go back to the first book to remind myself of some of the details), and the emotion is instantly intense as we finally get some resolution to that unforgettable cliffhanger.

Once again Wes was there for Joss when she needed him the most, but unlike previously where her scars were only emotional, now the scars are physical and her life has been left forever changed. She has worked hard to find herself again, and now she needs to find the boy that she loves in order to truly move forward and have her happy ending.

I feel you. I’m alive…because of you. I…cope…because of you, Wesley Stokes. It has always been you – always.

I can’t go into detail about this story without spoiling it, but I really enjoyed the relationship between Joss and Wes. Their connection to each other is beautifully explored, their reunion is emotional yet realistic, and I loved how deeply in love they are, and all that they meant to each other.

“I don’t need a hero, Wes.” I say again, pressing our foreheads tight again, my thumbs both drawing soft lines along his jaw. “I just need you.”

But as much as this is a romance book, the personal journeys of both Joss and Wes are a big part of the story. They have both been through an enormous about of drama and trauma in their short lives, but it makes for some great character development as the two emotionally damaged kids from the beginning of the series finding happiness and contentment that neither of them had ever dreamed of.

“It’s like for once we’re in charge and this is exactly how our story is supposed to go.”

The story is slow paced and highly descriptive, and I found it a bit overly wordy at times. There is also a slight supernatural element that I wasn’t expecting, and for me it felt a bit strange. There were hints dropped in the first book, but it’s a bigger focus of this book and while I was reading I had no clue where it was all going. I’m usually a fan of all things paranormal, but in this case it felt a bit weird coming out of nowhere the way it did. And it contributed to an already complex storyline to unnecessarily over-complicate the story, and I just wasn’t a fan of that particular part of the story.

But as a character-driven story, I enjoyed this one. Joss and Wes have been through a lot both individually and together, and though it seemed a bit over the top with the drama, and the whole ‘almost-paranormal’ thing didn’t work for me, I did like seeing them work through their everything they were faced with and get their happy ending.

3.5 stars.

Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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1,026 reviews82 followers
May 26, 2017

Wow the waiting was so worth it...A Girl Like Me is an amazing read.

Ginger Scott wrote a sequel as good and as engaging as the first book,the emotional roller-coaster that characterized A Boy Like You is still there and it kept me on my toes from the start to the very end.
Even if the author didn't explain some things I think that is not important because I focused my attention on the power of resilience,that is all human,of our heroine Joss.

I fell for Wes in the first book but I loved Joss in this one, I've really appreciated her growing since the beginning of this journey.
I hope to see these characters again in the future, in the meantime I'll keep them in my heart forever.

Copy kindly provided by the Publisher/Author.

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222 reviews49 followers
June 8, 2017
*An early copy of the book was graciously given by the author*

There has never been a Ginger Scott book that disappointed me. Every book she writes just slays and I can’t help but be obsessed with them. A Girl Like Me contained a unique pull, a palpable plot that will leave every reader either breathless from the suspense, or panting for more.

He’s breaking me just by being, and it isn’t fair.

It’s not everyday that a reader like me encounter characters like Wes and Jos. There’s a unique streak in them that just woke up a whole new kind of curiosity in me and surprised me with emotions that aren’t always inherent in a love story. A love story. Is it, really? I guess it is because of the unconditional love the characters had for each other. But in true Ginger Scott fashion, romance worked like a secondary tone in this story. And yet it went through my heart like a bullet filled with lessons and love.

“I don’t need a hero, Wes,” I say again, pressing our foreheads tight again, my thumbs both drawing soft lines along his jaw. “I just need you.”

The depth, the plot, the twists, the characters, the suspense…all I know is I almost forgot to breathe while reading this book. I loved how unpredictable the plot was, how I didn’t know what will happen, how I wanted to read faster but wanted to absorb every word. Joselyn’s strength was such as beautiful streak in this book. She took badass to a different level. And Wes...this unique, out-of-this-world, compassionate, and hero of a man, was a mystery I loved seeing unraveled. Even the whole gang, the secondary characters, added to the depth and impact of this book. I just loved every bit of their moments.

Maybe that’s the moral of our story—we suffer and overcome, then risk again.

A Girl Like Me is the kind of book that stays in your head even after you’ve read it. It’s the kind that will chase your thoughts and provoke your mind to think. For me, it was an experience. An experience filled with pain and mistakes with their corresponding lessons. A compelling read that I’d want to read over and over. Another top read for me!
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2,758 reviews313 followers
May 28, 2017
A Girl Like Me (Like Us #2) by Ginger Scott
4 stars!!!

“I promised you I would tell you everything I could, but some things might be better left in boxes.”

After the ending of A Boy Like You I was totally confused, but in a good way. My mind was running a mile a minute with what ifs, buts and maybes. My mind was a jumble of trying to piece together what was going on and in what direction Ginger Scott would take this. A Girl Like Me is not what I was expecting, but I loved it anyways and I have come to the conclusion…my predictions are shite.

“He said I’m supposed to be your hero…what if I’m the bad guy?”

I will say that the beginning of this book was a little slower paced than her usual style and it did take me a while to get back into the swing of this story, but once I was in, I was hooked. While the plot does stretch your imagination a little it was not way beyond the realms of possibility and I did enjoy this unique spin on their story.

“I just need you…I need you…I need you…and you are not my villain.”

I have to be vague unfortunately because I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but for me, the main thing that I took away from this book was Joss’s growth. After the way her life was left at the end of A Boy Like You most people would have given up the ghost. Joss though, she perseveres and her inner strength and determination were admirable qualities and really made her grow up in my eyes. The way she throws herself into everything with one hundred percent commitment is commendable and Joss was a great role model in this book.

“There are so many people who love you in this world. I’m merely one of them.”

I particularly loved the relationship she forges with her father. Joss’s father went to pot once her mum had left and had become an absentee drunk, but when needed, he made amends even if he did not go about it the right way, his intentions were pure and honourable. I loved seeing these two build those bridges and went quite the way into showing that a love a father has for a daughter and vice versa never wanes, despite the circumstances.

But onto the romance, here I will be extremely vague. Sometimes you don’t find love, love finds you. There is someone in this world for everyone and at times I am sure that your life is predetermined so that you find them. Call it kismet, call it fate or soul mates or whatever, this I firmly believe as I didn’t find mine until later on in life. Joss’s life was written as a fairytale…or is it a horror story…who knows…well I do, but you need to read it. But, if it is meant to be, it is meant to be and there is nothing that you can do about it.

“Before, I only stayed away for you. Everything…it’s for you. I came back for you, I was born for you.”

Love is a battle, there are ups and downs, twists and turns and it is this journey that makes it stronger. Life makes it stronger. Being there in times of trouble is testament to the bond that a couple has, it is easier to give up, it takes strength and true love to stay and weather the storm. This is certainly a journey that this couple undertakes. It was tragic and beautiful and I loved the romantic element that Ginger Scott delivered.

“We’ve come home, to the beginning. Our story starts again. And nobody writes it but us.”

Overall, I adored this duet. I loved its uniqueness, I loved the morals behind the story, I loved the suspense element and I loved how Ginger Scott finely knitted all these elements together. As ever the writing style was beautiful, totally captivating and submerses the reader into the story being told. Another hit from Ginger Scott.

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937 reviews118 followers
May 25, 2017
4.5 Stars!
This is the second book in the Like Us series which follows Joss and Wes. This is not a standalone so you must read A Boy Like You, which everyone should because this is such a special series. I’m going to try my best to avoid spoilers since I think the mystery is half the fun of this book, but I’m disclosing the warning that this review will have spoilers from the first book.
So the book starts off where book one left us with Wes missing, presumed dead. However, Joss knows in her heart he’s alive. She goes on a search to find him and to eventually learn the secrets that Wes is holding. At the same time, Joss is on her own self-discovery journey and learning to lean on herself to be her own hero.
“But things like that aren’t real. Just like superheroes aren’t real. Villains.”
This book is magical in all the right ways. It’s a play on all our fantasies and grandiose ideas of heroes. It’s a story that does have an element of superheroes, but it’s so much more. It’s about inner strength and being our own heroes. It’s about family, friends, and soul mates. I love the way Joss grows in this story. I will admit for the first 40% of the book, she was irritating me. She was being a typical teenager and lashing out, holding grudges. I was frustrated with her despite understanding the pain she was suffering inside. There are times I want to slap some sense into her. Luckily, she comes around and sees the light. She grows, matures, and it’s so refreshing to see this.
“One look from my boy—my hero---and everything that a breath ago was tough and determined becomes soft.���
“I give him peace. I’m your home.”
Then there is Wes. In the first book, I felt there wasn’t enough of Wes and I’m so glad I get to see more of his story in this book. It’s still all in Joss’ POV but his story and his role become much clearer. He is an absolute hero. He is so special in so many ways, but more than anything it’s his caring nature that makes him special. The way he loves his brother and friends is heartwarming, but the way he loves Joss is epic. I fell in love with their love. Their sweet first love is so beautiful and intense. It is deep and real and their connection is so palpable.
“Before, I only stayed away for you. Everything … it’s for you. I came back for you, I was born for you.”
“I love you something fierce.”
The story gives us a lot of ups and downs and a lot of drama and action. There are scenes that caused me stress, but I had faith in Ginger Scott and her characters. I knew they wouldn’t fail me. I’m so glad I hung on because now that I’m at the end, I feel nothing but absolute joy and relief for these wonderful characters that have touched my heart. This is a definite must read especially if you love the impossible! Let your imagination grow! Happy Reading!
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1,378 reviews78 followers
May 26, 2017
A Girl Like Me is the second book in Ginger Scott’s Like Us Duet. It picks up where A Boy Like You ends-- with Joss and her life-long pal, Kyle, heading off to find some answers and to find the long-missing Wesley Stokes.

“They say everyone’s a superhero to someone. I’m not sure who I’m supposed to save…”—Joss

Josselyn Winters might seem to be the picture-perfect damsel in distress, but she is strong. Life has thrown her one heart-achingly bad break after another, and she never taps out.

Joss, a recent amputee, makes a remarkable recovery with the help of her family, friends, and her dynamic trainer, Rebecca. While she’ll never feel the same again, the part of her that is missing and keeping her from feeling whole is not her leg, but her soul mate, Wesley Stokes. This mysterious, mystical, young man has been Joss’ superhero, and in A Girl Like Me, she becomes his hero.

Joss’ journey to find Wes is also her personal journey to finding answers about her family and her past. Sometimes rewarding and sometimes painful and odd, this journey is amazing and bittersweet. She wants answers, yet she is afraid of those answers. She questions her reasoning, her judgment, and maybe even reality. Her journey is filled with cryptic clues and questions that lead her on a circuitous route to her destination. Along the way, she determines that she doesn’t need someone to save her. Not only can she save herself, she can protect her loved ones.

Uncharacteristic of the typical young adult novel, A Girl Like Me is not prettily tied up in a neat package. Ms. Scott has written a wondrous tale with a message. Her ending is realistically messy, but filled with hope, promise and possibilities. Through it all, Joss stays true to herself and her dreams, which include much more than a boy like Wesley Stokes.

4.5 stars

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1,543 reviews1,397 followers
August 5, 2017
This second book in LIKE US series diminishes the value of the first book, which attracted my attention and kept my interest in it all the time, hoping the mystery will be solved somehow and I would get my answers.

But, alas... this one is a failure, not providing answers or closure.

My review for both books in the series is here:

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809 reviews
May 29, 2017
A universe of stars!

A Girl Like Me by Author Ginger Scott is book two in the Like Us Duet. It is not a standalone and should only be read after A Boy Like You.

"...you’ll never be at peace until you’ve turned over every rock in your journey.”

When I began reading A Girl Like Me, I was already on edge, pondering what was to come and hopeful that my what I conjured in my mind from book one was possible. I felt like I had prepared myself for whatever the outcome, but I had not.

"I am the girl who wants to dive over the edge, the girl who demands to taste the wild side—and when I feel it’s close, I let it take me completely."

This was a complete masterpiece of YA literature. From Chapter One until The End, I was engulfed in a story that had me wrapped around its little finger. Reading the words made me feel excited, hopeful, scared, angry. I went through so many emotions and was completely undone. The suspense had me strung tight. The information overload was exciting and invigorating, launching a series of questions to form that churned again and again in my head. I needed all the answers!

"This is that rare moment where a girl and a boy are ready for something, in a way it was probably always supposed to be. Those other times, those other boys—those were all regrets now, because this…this is special."

I love that this book displayed characters with great strength and fortitude. Wes and Joss continued to be individuals that enchanted me. Not only this, but their ability to look adversity in the face and overcome it, in spite of the obstacles, was inspirational.

"Wes Stokes means more than anything ever has, other than my own dreams. And right now, the two run parallel."

There was also a special component to this story that was so different than anything I’ve ever read from Ginger Scott, and let me just tell you that she excelled in her writing. I was in awe of the storyline that was crafted in such a clever manner and encompassed a world of hopes and dreams in the time of one’s existence. It brought about a sweet, passionate, and all-consuming love that outsmarted fate.

“I know you don’t need a hero, Joss. You are the strongest person I know. Even so, I can’t help myself. I never could. And not because someone told me I was supposed to, either.”

Exquisite, surreal, and awe-inspiring, A Girl Like Me showcased a boy and girl who became a young woman and young man that defied the odds and made their own story. It was the read of a lifetime.

“I’ll be the reason you wake up smiling. That’s hero enough for me.”
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2,575 reviews40 followers
May 30, 2017
Buddy read/review with Tracy!

Ginger left us with a cliffhanger in the first Like Us book, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one.

Like Tracy, I was counting down the days to finally learn the fate of Wes and Joss. A Boy Like You was gut wrenching, and I was desperate to finally see the follow up story. I wasn’t a huge fan of Kyle in Boy, but he completely won me over this one. His devotion to Joss is so heartwarming. He matures and he is the unwavering support Joss needed.

There are some things–some of my ugliest parts–that Kyle will always understand best, maybe even better than Wes.

I couldn’t agree more. Kyle stole my heart in this book. His loyalty and friendship to Joss made him a favorite for me. And Joss needed that friendship more than anything throughout the dips and turns in this roller coaster of a book. Like the first book, I never knew where this story was taking us.

Joss’s journey was never easy, and she endures some real heartbreaking moments. I appreciate that it is never sparkles and rainbows; it is raw and realistic. Joss truly learns to be her own hero and not to rely on anyone else to save her. I admired that about her. I also adore how much the relationship with her father changed throughout these two books. You can’t help but cheer for these two to find some sort of peace.

Superheroes aren’t real, and there isn’t any trouble that can be worse than what I’ve already survived.

Joss’s true strength comes out in this book. With every challenge she faces the stronger she becomes and she hits them head on! I agree she becomes her own hero. When we left the first book there were so many unknowns about Wes and luckily this book gives us the answers.

Yes, I was content to finally learn most of Wes’s background and the truth surrounding his abilities. However, I was somewhat disappointed with the closing chapters. There are numerous side stories, and some the events became overwhelming. I felt like Joss and Wes’s relationship got lost. I’m not a reader who needs every question answered, but the ending felt somewhat incomplete.

I agree, there were so many parts to this story. Some storylines that were just touched on and I felt like I needed more. The journey Joss went on to find herself and her strength was undeniable, but I agree their relationship was second and I wanted more. This series is so different from other Ginger Scott books and I loved how I never knew where this story and Joss’s journey was taking me.

I loved the mystery aspect of this one, and agree it has some differences from Ginger’s previous books. However, the emotional aspect and strong family dynamics is something I admire about her books, and this one is no exception. Ginger never fails to pull on my heart strings. I’m hopeful we will see more from this world in the future; there’s no doubt Kyle has a story to tell, and I’d love to see how Joss and Wes are doing.
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559 reviews66 followers
May 25, 2017
*Disclaimer: An e-copy of this title was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

Actual rating of 4.5 stars! I love Ms. Scott's characters and how humanly imperfect she makes them, but more importantly the personal growth she has them undergo throughout the course of the story. (In two books as is the case with this particular duology, though they make serious strides in each individual installment.) I love these characters so much that I'd even love to see some of the spectacular secondary characters have there own book. Kyle anyone?! (I know it can't be just me that wants to see that boy get his own HEA, dammit!)

I really enjoyed this installment and that Ms. Scott kept me guessing until the very end. I may have been right about a few things, but for the most part, I was so completely wrong and it was quite an experience to be on this wild ride Ms. Scott took us on. I think she did a great job of concluding this duology–seriously, those last few chapters were perfect–and I was more than satisfied with how it all ended.

I did have an issue, though, in regards to Wes's backstory. I would have loved a little more reasoning and explanation, but I was certainly okay with the answers we were actually given. My second little gripe is that we didn't get enough quality time with Wes and Joss in this novel as compared to A Boy Like Me. I respect that Ginger had to focus primarily on the plot in this novel, but I wanted more kissing of those quiet, intimate moments like they shared in the first. (I mean, there are some of those times and some scenes to swoon over, but it just seemed far fewer compared to book one when she was setting their relationship up.)

Still, I enjoyed it and I think others will really like this duology, too! I'm always looking forward to more of Ginger Scott's words.

Teaser Quote: Our girl Joss is just as sassy as ever.

♥ A very special thanks to Ms. Scott for providing me with an advanced copy of this title.

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762 reviews10 followers
May 22, 2017
A Girl Like Me (Like Us Duet - Book 2) by Ginger Scott

Wow what an amazing conclusion to an amazing story. A Girl Like Me picks up pretty much where a Boy Like You finished and these books MUST be read in order.

I won't get into the story but I will say that Scott answers all our questions and wraps the duet up very nicely with A Girl Like Me. The characters are as intriguing and complex as ever - as is their whole story. I personally wish that some of the drama had been taken out or even just scaled back as it got a bit much for my liking however, it's still a fantastic read. If you're sitting on the fence about this duet, don't hesitate to get started on it. Scott writes the most beautiful, heart-tugging stories that leave you wanting more and this was no exception.

*arc received in exchange for honest review.

**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.
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1,883 reviews69 followers
March 4, 2019
First things first, this is not a standalone. It's part 2 of a crazy good story - so do not pick this up without having read A Boy like you. That book ends in a monster cliffhanger, literally leaving the reader with no idea what is going on - i loved it!!! That first book had all the intrigue, the build up, the story, the little bits of romance, sports, friends, family and baggage.

This sequel is a massive amount of aftermath of all of it!!!! Overall when I put the 2 books together I thought it was a knock out duet!!! At times this book lulls because a lot of the pulse is gone, but I was still very into the story, the constant fight, the coming back from the ashes...so to speak!!! I mean it is about superheroes after all!!!!! There are a lot of shot to the heart moments, a lot of heartache and a lot of healing - like I said it's the aftermath!!!
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778 reviews
April 25, 2020
Good, but not great.

I absolutely loved the first book in this duet (A Boy Like You) and was so excited for the story to continue in this book. I knew the author was setting up something on the paranormal side- which I generally don't have that much of an issue with, but I don't think it really worked here. I feel like it almost distracted from the story. I also felt like there was a little too much going on in this book (suspense, paranormal, romance, new amputee, girl power and loads of family stuff.)

But besides those things, I was glad to get more Joss, Wes and the gang. I really liked how Joss' dad came around and would not mind a book for him- even though I know this was just a duet.

Overall, while the sequel didn't live up to the first book, I am so glad that I experienced this duet. I am looking to reading more from Ginger Scott!
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1,314 reviews111 followers
February 25, 2021
3/3.5 Stars

That was just disappointing following the first book. There was supposed to be this element of "magic" but honestly the storyline just. didn't. fit. There were just too many things going on with this. Scott really needed to just pick one and run with it, but there were some amazing parts that I really did love.
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1,276 reviews31 followers
May 18, 2022
W moim odczuciu jednak odrobinę gorsza niż pierwszy tom, ale siła woli i walka, jaką stacza Joss, nie tylko ze wszystkimi dookoła, ale także z samą sobą, to coś, dla czego warto. Cudowna w swojej niepozorności, cieszę się, że nasze drogi się skrzyżowały ❤️
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1,420 reviews77 followers
June 2, 2017
The sequel of A Boy Like You this blends a little bit of magic and being a hero to yourself and others. Sounds confusing and a bit weird? It is, but it is so good. Without giving away the first book and this sequel, that's all I can say. It so good and worth it if you like YA or even if you don't, these high school seniors have very adult problems without the bitchy high school drama.
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