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Cry Baby by Ginger Scott

Cry Baby Book Cover Cry Baby
Ginger Scott
Fiction, Young Adult
June 22nd, 2018
Yes

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.

Loyal.

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.

Jenny’s Review

To describe this book is literally so hard for me…. Words are next to impossible to truly say how I feel.

Tristian, this poor tortured soul, I fell in love with him. My heart ached for his troubled upbringing, for his current life, for the loss he endures, and my heart rejoiced that he found his peace.

Riley, this strong fearless girl. Nothing brought her down, nothing made her scared. She fell so easy for Tristan. She fell for the boy she knew was hidden deep down in him and she fell for the boy he currently was. Although she knew there was trouble, she didn’t give up. Now my one issue I have with this story, when I say she didn’t give up, she didn’t. But she did. She gave up to me when it mattered most, because yet again, I am that hard romantic at heart. It didn’t ruin the story for me, it just took away from my true love version. The version of when you love, you love wholeheartedly, not with any give ups or what if’s or maybes. But of course, that is me and the way I want it, hehe!! Again, it didn’t ruin the story at all for me!!

So in ending, this story is so heartbreaking, it’s reckless, it’s so fricken brilliantly told, I fell so hard for it. This author has the amazing ability to suck her readers in, I definitely fell in love again. I encourage you all to pick this one up. It’s amazing!! Available now!!

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 and The Hard Count.

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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