Cry Baby by Ginger Scott
A Contemporary Young Adult Romance
Release day: June 22, 2018
Release day: June 22, 2018
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“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.”- L.J. Shen, Bestselling Author
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.
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).
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Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Author and Wordsmith Publicity
Genre: NA/Adult Romance
My Cry Baby Review . . .
Normally I adore anything by Ginger Scott, and don't get me wrong I did quite like this one a lot as well, but this is the first time it took me awhile to get enraptured by the story. However, the slow build up is also needed to build the foundation of this gang lifestyle, especially since most reading the story will be ignorant in this way of living. Once the foundation was set then the story picked up and I was able to get lost in the story and the characters as I usually do with Ginger Scott..
Tristan was born into a life and now is torn because he wants more than that life, but to get out of that life is basically impossible.
As Tristan's getting pulled more into the life he meets Riley who is the epitomy of hope and future. But he knows he can't have that and the last thing he wants is for anyone to know he has a weakness and wants more.
But that doesn't stop Tristan from wanting more and being attracted to Riley.
Riley has had to fight for everything in life and she's still fighting. And meeting Tristan just gives her more to fight for.
Ginger has such a great way at making you feel everything that is going on within her stories.
I was rooting for Tristan and Riley the whole way and didn't see any hope possible for these two and then a sliver of light was let through causing the barest of chances for a future and I loved it.
3.75 There is always hope thumbs up!