Monday, February 17, 2014

Waiting On The Sidelines by Ginger Scott

Waiting On The Sidelines by Ginger Scott
Waiting On The Sidelines # 1

 4 1/2 Stars
Honestly,I put off reading this book a few months and now I want to kick myself for it.  I read the blurb and boy is it a blurb a long blurb.  The cover is what threw me off, it was hideous.  Even after reading the long blurb with the cover I had this drawn out story of a nerdy girl pining after a jock.  That is not the case.

Waiting on the Sidelines is the first installment of the self-titled series.  I dove right into this YA book and fell hard for the characters.  This is your typical EPIC teenage drama filled life but with Ms. Scott’s writing style it becomes so much more. 

 I instantly thought of My So-Called Life from back in the day.  Waiting on the Sidelines could easily become a TV series.  The book contains everything you go thought as a girl growing up through high school.  The good, the bad, and the gorgeous…everything you don’t want your parents to know.

The plot starts off as your basic freshman experience falling for an unattainable guy and quickly turns into an all-out affair that you can’t put down.

The characters development nicely as we follow the group throughout their high school experience.  Through the ups and downs I found myself rooting for these two even through the stupidity and mishaps along the way.

All in all, this saga is worth the read.  I can’t wait to see where Reed and Nolan end up next!


Nolan Lennox had things figured out. Named after a baseball legend, she enjoyed being the Tomboy, her closet filled with her brother’s hand-me-downs, cut-off jeans and soccer shorts. But when her first trip to high school results in a broken heart from the first boy to ever make her heart flutter and cruel words from an older girl she once thought a family friend, Nolan starts to question the very person she thought she was and wonders if her humble upbringing can compete with the afforded luxuries of her privileged peers.

Throughout the next four years, Nolan struggles to maintain herself throughout her path of discovery, learning just how cruel teenagers can be through the pressures of underage drinking, sexuality and class. And despite how life seems to continue to work against her, she still manages to listen to her heart, falling deeper and deeper for the guy the entire town adores, even if he only sees her as a friend. Can Nolan strike a compromise between her own integrity and the boy she loves? And can she make him notice her before it’s too late?

Reed Johnson came to Coolidge High School with a lot of fanfare. The son of a hometown football legend and the brother of a local football hero, Reed wore all the pressures of carrying a town without hope into the spotlight. Thankfully, he had the talent to back it up. But when he meets a girl who makes him think twice about exactly what being a hero means, he starts to wonder if following in his brother’s footsteps might be all wrong.

Nolan Lennox was everything that was opposite of expected. She didn’t flirt, she didn’t drink and she didn’t sleep around. Nothing about her was easy, but something about her made Reed want to try harder. Though she didn’t look the part, she seemed to be spending a lot of time in Reed’s thoughts, and he wondered if she could be the one who made it all worthwhile. But could Reed handle letting her down? And would breaking her heart break him beyond repair?

Waiting on the Sidelines explores young love to its fullest, exposing how real young heartbreak and passion is and how important it is to discover yourself and hold onto your own identity. The story follows two young characters as they deal with mature situations, including the prevalence of bullying and promiscuity in today’s high school setting. Ultimately, Waiting on the Sidelines is a story of hope, honesty and those powerful, first true loves—the ones worth holding onto at any cost


Going Long By Ginger Scott
Waiting On The Sidelines # 2

4 Stars

After reading Waiting On The Sidelines, I had to immediately start Going Long.

Going Long is the second installment of Waiting On The Sidelines by Ginger Scott.

This sequel is not a disappointment and has every bit of heart the first book has.  I am thankful that Ms. Scott wrote a second book because the first book was phenomenal and I don’t think I could have just read one book about Reed and Nolan. 

Going Long is the EPIC finale (or isit?) in Reed and Nolan’s saga.  We follow the couple through their tumultuous relationship as the head off for different colleges and hit repeat on some of the crazy drama from high school in this book.  With haphazard timing, a long distance relationship, and a few shady characters thrown in the mix will this couple withstand the test of time and get their HEA?

Ms. Scott is the queen of sucking me in and leaving me with a smile.  Her books tend to sweep me off my feet.  I enjoy her writing style as always and Going Long is one of my all-time favorites!  I am a fan for life and can’t wait to see what she writes next.


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."


1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you like these books. I don't know anyone who's read them who didn't like them. I was very surprised at how much time was covered in Waiting on the Sidelines. That's unusual, at least with the books I've read.