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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

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New Favorite!

The Hard Count, broke me in the most beautiful way. You know that feeling you get while reading an amazing scene or finishing an unforgettable movie? The one that almost seems like butterflies in your stomach. It's a type of giddiness that you wish would never go away. I had that feeling for more of this book than not and can still feel it. Yes, I finished this book about five hours ago, but can still feel that feeling! It is amazing.

Now, I generally don't have a favorite book. When people ask me to pick a favorite, I look at them dumbfounded. How in the world could I possibly pick just one amazing book when I have read so many?! Well, now I have two books and this one is my number one pick.

I just cannot begin to describe the way this book made me feel. I laughed, I was angry, I was confused, I cried, I smiled, I felt so many things throughout the course of this book.

Can I tell you what sealed the deal of how amazing this book was for me? I finished this book while walking to my first class of the semester this morning and was in awe. I could connect with so many parts and it gave me that giddiness feeling that I loved so much. I didn't really think about it in class, but as soon as I got out it was on my mind. I reread the last chapter and sighed in total contentment of finishing such an amazing book. But then, then as I was pulling into the parking lot of the mall to quickly grab my son some shin guards between classes, I started crying. And not just some tears, I was full on sobbing. Sobbing for me, sobbing for what Ginger Scott felt writing this book, sobbing for the characters, the readers, and anyone and everyone that can connect with this story.

That's how I knew this was a book I would never forget and would encourage every single person I know to read.

It broke me. It broke me hard, but it couldn't have been done in a better way. This is the type of book that makes you a better person for reading it. <3


Audio: I LOVED the audio for this book! I'm not sure it could have been done better! You could hear the emotions in the narrator's voice. You could feel the thoughts in the characters head. You could feel the story! This audio has set the bar for all audio books now and it is set high!

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A amazing story that changes your life outlook

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Because it shows you how not to judge people you never know what someone is going threw. Plus just where you live doesn't mean your like your environment.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nico the boy never gave up to prove everyone wrong and he loves his family and friends so much it made you fall in love with him too

What about Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross ’s performance did you like?

I loved it all they really brought the story to life

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did I couldn't stop listening to it! Amazing story that makes you say Hoorah with them

Any additional comments?

Amazing book that I'll never forget that needs to be a movie

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Wow....

This Book had my EMOTIONS ALL OVER THE PLACE...1 minute it had me Laughing then Crying, oh & let's not forget anger!! Thats a GREAT THING TO BE ABLE TO FILL ALL THOSE EMOTIONS! Wen Ross & Kai Kennicott MADE IT EVEN BETTER!! The ONLY thing I would say that might be a bit of a downfall was there were times I had a hard time figuring out what was going on...There definitely a few spots that could've used some more details!!

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Unexpectedly Great! Outside my normal genre.

Ginger Scott is a new author to me. I typically do not listen to YA or NA books, but this one was awesome. I thought the author did a great job developing the characters and writing the overall story. Both Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross did fantastic performances. They added so much emotion and feeling to the book that one would not get just reading it. Due to the length of this listen, I could not listen to it all at once, but I wanted to. So glad that I listened to something new outside my normal genres. I was provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Unbelievable, incredible

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!!!!!

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Get ready to smile and ugly cry!

What did you love best about The Hard Count?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to it all in one sitting... and it was amazing.

Any additional comments?

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.<br/><br/>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!

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tissues are in your best interest

For some, football is king...
Others, it's a religion...
a livelihood...

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.

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I actually loved this book.

What made the experience of listening to The Hard Count the most enjoyable?

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.

What does Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely

Any additional comments?

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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