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Tristan Lopez is loyal to his brothers. He doesn’t really have a choice, born into a gang that has a chokehold on every kid that roams its streets. He gave his life to them willingly, knowing if he did then one day this kingdom, led by boys drunk with power and ruled by fear, would all be his.
He was loyal through it all. Loyal when prison took his dad away. Loyal when his face was touched by the cold metal of the rival gang’s gun. Loyal even though his mom begged him to run the moment she returned home from rehab.
He thought about becoming someone else. It was hard not to crave the life of a regular 17-year-old. It’s the only reason he stayed in school — to pretend. But he always fell back in line.
Riley Rojas didn’t belong in Tristan’s real world. She should have only been part of the fantasy, one of the many faces he got to pretend with amidst rows of metal chairs and desks and whiteboards with assignments. But there she was, moving boxes from the back of an old pick-up into a house Tristan had shot up on a dare with his friends only a few months before.
Tall enough to look him in the eyes and strong enough to fill his shadow, Riley took up space on his streets, her loud mouth fearless in the face of the gang leaders who terrified everyone else. She pushed Tristan around on the hard court, and she balled better than his friends — better than him sometimes. She challenged him. She needed him. He liked it. And when her pale blue eyes stared into his, he quit wanting to pretend.
He couldn’t ask her to leave because she’d only dig her heels in deeper. He couldn’t ask because he didn’t want her to go. She was blurring his lines. She was testing his loyalty.
He was falling in love.
And it was going to tear him apart.
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As you can imagine, this was yet another book I’ve loved from Ginger Scott. Her writing once again is beyond beautiful and compelling.
I loved the theme of this book, because it’s so raw and hard and overall gut wrenching. This book deals with gangs, gang related violence, and the lack of choices some people are born into. I felt like Ginger Scott created such a great character with Tristan. He was so good and it was impossible not to love him, but, it was also impossible to be entirely comfortable with his choices. He grew so much during this book, learning to be his own person, and make decisions he can live with. I loved Tristan, he’s one of my favorite heroes ever.
Riley… I loved Riley, her sassiness and determination, the way she knew what she wanted. But, she sometimes made things harder than they should be, and I know that was part of her personality and all, but given the situation and what was around her, it made her reckless, and I wanted to slap her sometimes.
I really appreciate the huge inclusion of family. Even though both parents on this book worked a lot, they both tried to be there for their children, even if in different ways. And they were huge parts of their lives.
Now, the only thing I’m gonna say that is negative, is that I wanted more relationship development, especially between Riley and Tristan. They spend a lot of time bickering and stuff, but there’s more things that are not said, than the ones that are. They became such integral parts of each other’s lives, that I wanted more development that lead to that.
Like I said before, the plot is amazing, and it’s a story that pulls on your heartstrings. But that ending? That ending killed me… I needed more, and I still can’t believe that that’s how it ended 😦 .
So people, go read this book NOW, you won’t regret it. But prepare the tissues and be ready for the heartbreak.
About the Author:
Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.
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, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. 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).