Nico Medina's world is 11 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 them - one at a time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.
I'm Reagan Prescott - coach's daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect family. Life on top. Lies. My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know - I've watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for years. In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light. Quarterback. Hero. Heart. Good. I hated him before I needed him. I fell for him fast. I loved him when it was almost too late. When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my world...it hasn't met the boy from West End.
©2016 Ginger Scott (P)2016 Ginger Scott
This was by far one of the best books I've ever read. Without a doubt, I will read whatever Ms. Scott writes because she creates and follows through with each character she pens and makes them totally believable. Could not put this down!!!!!
I love reading! You can find me at home at night with my face in a book or listening to books during the day while I'm working!
I love that the two main characters in this book come from the same town but are very much from two different worlds. Nico is from the "wrong side of the tracks" while Reagan is the daughter of the prestigious high school's football coach. Both have their own issues to deal with because nothing is ever what it seems to be on the outside and we get to see that. Also, if you're missing Friday Night Lights, this has that same feel to it.
There is this scene toward the end of the book - the scene that made me ugly cry - and it was this extremely profound moment for one of the main characters that engulfed all of the other characters and it was such a shared exprerience that it's a scene that will stay with me for a very long time. I'm not going to give it away, but let's just say thinking about it now is still making me tear up and I listened to the book a few weeks ago.
I did listen to it all in one sitting... and it was amazing.
Nico and Reagan attend the same high school where Nico is trying to be valedictorian and get a scholarship to college and Reagan is the making a film about the role football plays in her family and school as her father is the head coach and her brother the star quarterback. Nico and Reagan have always been at odds until her brother gets injured and she sees something in Nico that makes her think that he would be the perfect fit for the team, all she has to do is convince both Nico and her father of it.
This book is so well written! It pulls you in from the start, grabs onto your heart and doesn't let go. It touches on so many different topics but the main one is the adversity that faces people and the opportunities to change lives. There's sports, politics, drama, love and an endearingness that comes across so wonderfully that it makes for a memorable story. The narration is spot on, Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross do a great job with their respective parts. I cannot recommend this book enough! It was highly engaging and entertaining, while still having that gravitas that makes a story rise above so many others. It took me by surprise how much I loved this book! You will not regret listening to this one!
For some, football is king...
Others, it's a religion...
And for her family is suffocating. Reagan's family is drowning in the sport they love. Grasping for ways to numb everything.
But Reagan clings to hope and maybe the one person she hates the most. She clings to him because he could be everything they need.
Ginger Scott killed me. I have a massive headache for the crying jag. I refuse to say what happened. Spoilers aren't my thing, but DAMN woman!!!!
I may be a softy but I was sobbing!!
The story of Reagan and Nico was brought to life by two talented people. The narrators make a great duo. I just wish we had more Nico.
Kai's performance sucked me in, battered my heart and spit me out into a sniveling mess. The writing was everything I had ever wanted in a book. I needed some time after it was over, a grieving process of sorts. I didn't want the story to end, and even though it was 'just' a young adult novel, it had plenty of drama and intrigue to keep me interested and wanting more. Wen's addition to the story, while minimal, was an important piece, and he pulled it off spectacularly.
Kai's narration was very emotional, she didn't hold back. When the characters were angry, you knew it, and when they cried, Kai brought sensitivity and passion to her reading.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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