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Going Long

Narrated by: Laura Darrell, James Fouhey
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (242 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

They fell in love in high school and found their way back to one another despite the odds. But can first loves really be forever? For Reed Johnson the dream was always football. But then Nolan Lennox took over his heart. Is he willing to give up his first love just to keep his true love? Or will he be too late? Reed and Nolan's story continues in Going Long, sequel to Waiting on the Sidelines.

©2013 Ginger Scott (Ginger Eiden) (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Going Long

Book 1 was Nolan and Reed in High School and how they came to be.
This book is all about College, which I loved. But boy oh boy was I frustrated with the lack of COMMUNICATION!!! I can’t tell you how many times I threw my hands up in the air and yelled would you two just TALK to one another.

But it makes for an interesting book right because I couldn’t put it DOWN nope I couldn’t I was sucked in wanting to know what the heck was going to happen next.

LOVED that we had 2 narrators <3 I really think James did an awesome job I already loved Laura’s performance from book 1 so it stands she does a great job in book 2.

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Good Book

This was a good book, it showed the importance of communication in any relationship is key. These two could have avoided many problems and heartaches if they asked questions when in doubt and not assumed anything. But you live and learn.

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Wonderful Story

Just a good story, it caused some tears and some laughs.
May be a young persons story but as an older person it worked for me!

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Huge angst fest!

Well this was a huge pile of angst, my goodness - sometimes I had to stop listening because it was stressing me out.

Nolan and Reed are at now away at college but not the same one so doing the long distance relationship thing. Reed is getting closer to the draft and trying to stay focused on that but he is also splitting his time between that and seeing Nolan as much as he can.

There is a huge pile of miscommunication in this story which then leads to so much bloody angst and heart break. It totally did my head in but I couldn’t stop listening either.

Long distance love, temptation, jealousy and nasty people trying to create problems between Nolan & Reed almost wins out.

However, the depth of love between them is much stronger than anything the world throws at them. This story messed my head but I’m glad I stuck it out ☺

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Dual POV helped me be less frustrated with MCs

3.75 stars — Well whaddya know!! In the end, I enjoyed this one more than the first book! It had the same conundrum for me: fantastic writing with characters I care about who I simultaneously wanted to smack the crap outta because they made me so mad with their drama and tendancy towards bad communication. So basically it was a good book that happened to hit a few of Lenore’s button issues, and thus it’s never going to be a favourite.

I swear to you, I was listening along thinking, okay, this isn’t so bad…and then I started getting some bad feelings about some situations (and apparently my spidey senses were on point, because I totally called some of the conflicts)…and then suddenly I wanted to throw my phone against a wall, and I was so mad, and I was thinking “oh, here we go again!” And then…I don’t know. I was still frustrated with some turns of events, but maybe because I got to be in the head of both Nolan *and* Reed, I at least got a sense of what they were thinking. So while I don’t condone some choices that were made, and certain parts made me uncomfortable, at least I got some more context about the situation and what was going down that I could understand how they both got there. So I think the reason I came out of this book less mad at Reed and Nolan is 100% down to dual POV. Maybe if I’d gotten a peek inside Reed’s head in book one and understood his motivations, I would have been more forgiving of him. I mean, there were still plot devices used (bad/non-existent communication) which aren’t my favourites, but I was happy that I ended the book and was happy with the conclusion.

So yeah…our characters are still horribly flawed. I still am not *super* comfortable with the way Nolan’s low self-esteem makes her love for Reed seem more like infatuation (though it was better than the first book). But I really appreciated the growth that we got to see both characters go through in this book. I felt like they did become better people, even if they had to hit rock bottom first.

I still loved the group of friends that were present in the story, though not really a fan of Trig and his horrible advice. And OMG I love Buck! I loved that we got to see more of Reed’s relationships with his family change over time.

As for our narrators, I thought they were both solid. Maybe because it was split between the two of them, but I enjoyed Ms. Darrell’s narration more in this one. Mr. Fouhey was AWESOME as Reed. I wasn’t a huge fan of his female voices, but that’s just a personal preference…and I noticed it less as the book went on.

Ms. Scott definitely doesn’t shy away from hard topics, and doesn’t create perfect characters. But I was so happy that this one gave me more balance, and an ending that I could get on board with. I’m a little scared to see what she’s going to put poor Reed and Nolan through in the next book…

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Growing Pains

After the first installment of this series it took me a couple of weeks to go back to it because I had to digest the teenage angst of book 1. Now let me start by saying what a wonderful job these narrators do. Again, Laura Darnell narrated a convincing Nolan and I was extremely impressed with the male narrator, James Fouhey who I hadn't heard before. On to the story of GOING LONG...

Remember how I told you in my review for WAITING ON THE SIDELINES that I was conflicted about Reed? He SO redeemed himself. He was understanding, adoring and an all around good boyfriend for his girl. He isn't perfect so he makes a few mistakes along the way but that's alright - nothing was bad enough to make me feel anger towards him as I did in Waiting on the Sidelines.

Nolan had to go through so much. To me, it was perfectly understandable why she needed to come to terms with the events in her life until she could talk to Reed about it. At no point I felt there was a lack of communication on her side. In fact, it was again outside forces who led to their relationship hiatus and it's something that depressed me a little bit.

These two had to come to terms with tragedy and on top of that they have to deal with two douchebag characters who did nothing but stir up trouble. Look, I love my angst in books but I have to admit that this was a recurring theme. In the first book Ginger Scott gave us a girl who drove a wedge between Nolan and Reed. This time it's Gavin. I just thought it was a little too convenient and that it turned the angst into drama. And Reed's brother? I wanted to throw my phone against the wall!

All that notwithstanding I absolutely enjoyed GOING LONG. Ginger Scott really writes beautiful stories with likable characters. She let Nolan and Reed grow up in this installment and it's palpable how much they have grown. Now I hope that THE HAIL MARY will continue to impress me!

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Audio crack!

Seriously, this series is so addicting! It’s like a soap opera - with all the drama and angst and villains and heroes. And I can NOT get enough of it!

I fell so in love with Nolan and Reed’s story in Waiting on the Sidelines And was so happy to get more of them in Going Long. The ride was just as bumpy this time as it was in the first book, but I never wanted it to end. I mean, I maybe sometimes wanted to give them a good shake, but I still rooted for them every step of the way.

Emotional and compelling and beautifully narrated, this was another huge Ginger Scott got for me!

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Absolutely loved it!!

Absolutely loved this book & book 1. Yes, the lack of communication between the 2 main characters got a little frustrating at times but over all, it was a sweet & wonderful book! It made me sad sniffle, laugh out loud & happy cry. Also really liked both of the narrators. Will definitely look for other books they have read.

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"FINALLY!!!!"

So glad that Reed evolves in this sequel. Still annoyed that Nolan goes through a bunch of crap. It wouldn't been nice for her to get a break for once (Reeds mother, brother treated her like garbage. I HATED THAT in this sequel). The ending was nice but too short for my liking. (felt like there were some loose ends with Reeds mother would've liked his mother to come around more.)

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Meh...

Better than the first but still not thrilled with a weak female lead. I am sure others are ok with that aspect. The Male lead wasn't as mean hearted this time so that was an improvement.