He was loyal through it all. Loyal when prison took his dad away. Loyal when his ...more
One thing I can always count on and appreciate when I sit down to start a Ginger Scott YA read, it will never be a “cookie cutter” romance. Thank the stars!!
I would definitely characterize this sweet romance as a slow burn, second chance. It is also a story about courage and consequences.
The main characters, Tristan and Riley, were both so raw and engaging, but Tristan stole a chunk of my heart.
Here is a bit of the backdrop...
Tristan Lopez was literally ...more
Cry Baby is brilliantly written. It's hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking and will leave you thinking about it for days afterward. Bravo, Ms. Scott. This boy-man stole my heart and I don't want it back.
To describe this book is literally so hard for me.... Words are next to impossible to truly say how I feel.
Tristian, this poor tortured soul, I fell in love with him. My heart ached for his troubled upbringing, for his current life, for the loss he endures, and my heart rejoiced that he found his peace.
Riley, this strong fearless girl. Nothing brought her down, nothing made her scared. She fell so easy for Tristan. She fell for the boy she knew was hidden deep down in him and she fel ...more
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Full disclosure - my mindset when I started Cry Baby wasn't in the right place so my review might be a little bit tainted by that. I have had a lot going on and it was a little hard to focus on a story that so needs to be told. At the beginning I thought that the story was slow until I realized that it was me not having enough time that made me grumpy. Adding to that the the fact that my mind was all over the place I gave myself a couple of days and it definitely worked ...more
Author Ginger Scott takes around round on the basketball court and this time the court is on the mean streets as high school students one a gangbanger and one a driven basketball player fall hard for one another in this new novel.
Tristan Lopez is tied to a gang through birth and his zip code doing things that don’t sit right with him until he meets Riley Rojas who is one hell of a tough heroine. Riley is driven and works hard to make her dreams come true added to that lis ...more
there were a lot of reasons that this didn't work for me but i'll keep it short
- books about gangs/gang activity especially with underage characters are usually a no for me
- i didn't realize this was going to be a YA
- riley was fcking annoying...
why is it that authors are so damn bad at writing bad ass female characters. we either get someone with absolutely no emotion that is truly a bad ass or we're stuck with someone who thinks that they're a bad ass and does seriously dumb shit. we ...more
Such a beautiful story, Ginger Scott impressed me for one more time!Her writing is flawless and her story is intense and emotional.
Cry Baby is raw and realistic, I felt like I was a part of the story.I was connected to the characters the whole time.Riley and Tristan had to work for their friendship.Riley was exactly what Tristan needed.
The story was brilliant and it was fast paced.I'm in love with Ginger's writing, if you haven't read her books yet please you need to try this one!!
Ginger Scott has written some of my favorite YA books but there also have been works of hers in the past I didn’t particularly like and sadly, Cry Baby is now one of them, too.
I wouldn’t say the book was bad but Riley, the female MC got on my last nerve and I wasn’t willing to waste anymore time on her.
She was supposed to be this tough, kick-ass girl who didn’t take shit from anyone. In reality though, she was only pretending to be tough on the outside, which didn’t feel authentic. Sh ...more
The entire time I was reading this book my chest was tight. This was a beautiful book. This was also a really raw and a really hard, heartbreaking read overall.
I don’t see her coming. That’s probably what saved her from me.
I love this author to pieces. She writes such amazing books, books tha ...more
Tristan and Riley's love story isn't a pretty one. It's not the "first love" romance you expect in a YA read. It's raw and honest and so complicated it made my head spin and my chest ache.
There were times I had to stop reading as I was crying so hard I couldn't see. Their innocence at battle with ...more
5 "So stand with me..." Stars
This book really showcases everything phenomenal about Ginger Scott's story telling. It's her unique new adult voice shining with a deeper edge. It's a story of impossible circumstances fighting against one's own upbringing where decisions were made and are beyond tough to fight. It's a coming of age story told through gritty, raw details of a boy struggling to understand how to get what he really want ...more
I felt like this wasn't so much a romance as it was a gritty YA story with romantic overtones. That is - the story was compelling and raw. It was sometimes hard to read, from an emotional standpoint. It held me captive and interested, occasionally on the edge of my seat. And it cut my heart wide o ...more
The blurp saying this is a harsh life of gangster makes me itchy.
Tristan is a very lonely young man. His life is forced into a life of gangster because his dad was a gangster. Deep inside he longes for a normal life. But does not have a courage to break free. Until Riley. She gives Tristan a glimpse of a normal life can be. The story nagivating through his struggle and ...more
5 "Beauty in the Chaos" Stars!!!
It's been awhile since I read a YA novel. And in all honestly I think it's because of the grossly predictability and the over-the-top cheesiness that more often than not comes from reading one. Don't get me wrong, there are times when I crave the extra cheese and the no drama story, but I just wanted something different. And boy did I get just that when reading Cry Baby. And as soon as I finished reading the pr ...more
Cry Baby is so different from any book I’ve ever read. It’s the tale of Tristan Lopez, a member of the Fifty-Seven, a gang started by his father. He’s loyal, caring, and forced into a life he never wanted but had no choice but to be a part of.
Riley Rojas is new to the neighborhood and doesn’t fit into this new world. She’s an incredibly strong lead—the perfect counterpart to Tristan ...more
Wow, I loved this book. Beautifully written and gutwrenchingly emotional, it’s a heartbreaking glimpse into suburban gang life through the eyes of an amazing 17-year-old boy. It’s real and raw, with a gorgeous love story, a really special read that held me absolutely captivated, and I loved it!
Tristan Lopez was born and raised in the gang that was started by his father. Even though it eventually took his father’s life and sent his mother spiralling into drug use and eventual rehab, Tri ...more
Oh my HEART!!! My heart has been hit so hard by Ginger Scott’s latest gem of a YA romance, Cry Baby!!! When you still feel a story coursing through you a day or more later, you know it’s a special story, one that sparked the soul. Cry Baby sparked my soul. Cry Baby MOVED ME from the very first page, hitting my heart and squeezing my soul, and never stopped touching me the whole time reading. I felt this hero and heroines’ story as if it were my own. I felt every word. I felt everything. I could ...more
I’m broken...this is so real it hurts.
Riley is the new girl of the neighbourood, Tristan is the boy who can't run away from there.They become kinda friends,they kinda have feels for each other but they are on different paths and their futures can't be more divergent.
Could Riley's light bright Tristan's dark and hopeless life?
I usually don't read books about mafia or gangs because these subjects are too close to home for me. I don't appreciate the "romantic" view some authors show in their works
I was in a book slump when I picked up this hauntingly beautiful coming-of-age story. It weaves the reality of living in the world of poverty, and gang violence, with the promise of hope and romance. The heroine is bold and brave, and the hero has a broken soul. Together they are dynamic! Check out my interview with Ginger Scott and how she used her experiences growing up, her love of sports, and her passion for romance, to create the best selling novel, Cry Baby.
No words I could possible say right now could even begin to describe how incredible this story truly was. Ginger Scott is an extraordinary author who knows how to captivate her readers with her one of a kind writing! I am still kicking myself for only just now reading something from her, but I've got to say that this was the perfect story to fall in love with her words! I am already looking forward to reading her backlist in the near future (or w ...more
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“I told her she didn’t belong in my world once, but she did. She just didn’t belong in the darkness. She belonged in the light. I just never knew that she’d take me there with her. I never thought I belonged. I’m beginning to believe I do, though.”
Ginger Scott always writes exceptionally good YA novels and Cry baby is no different. With gang crimes forever in the news, Ginger Scott takes us readers on an emotional journey as we battle on the frontlin ...more
Note: This review is for an ARC I received from WordSmith Publicity and is my unbiased review.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you know how I feel about Ginger Scott’s writing. It’s flawless, captivating and filled with heart. She writes books that touch my soul and make me think. Her characters are complex, and the situations they dealt with are relevant to today’s world. I’m always excited to hear she’s writing a new book because I wonder where sh ...more
I literally felt like my heart was breaking for Tristan throughout this book. Life made a lot of his decisions for him...or at least he felt like it did. Living in a gang neighborhood and being the son of the man who helped to start the gang...he seemed predestined for the "life." It was a raw and intense storyline.
Riley has just moved to the area. She has baggage of her own. Her mother left them and her father is trying to raise her on his own. She wants to get out of there ...more
A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pi ...more