01 July 2018

Giveaway: Cry Baby by Ginger Scott

Cry Baby by Ginger Scott.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Romance.
Publication: June 22, 2018.
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.

“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

Review by Kelly

This story is just so heart wrenching! I was sucked in the moment I read the first paragraph. Tristan and Riley’s worlds are so different and as they get to know each other, they both want the best for the other! Tristan is placed in an honors class and he doesn’t know why. His work isn’t that hard. Riley is in the same class. But they met when Riley was moving into the house down from Tristan’s. He stopped briefly to help her with some heavy stuff. She learned he played basketball down the street every night. She just didn’t know he was part of a gang. That knowledge came later. Riley wants to be a professional basketball player someday. She is really that good!

Tristen is a good kid trapped in a bad life situation and with the thought he could never leave his life. If he did, he would be killed! Tristan did what he was told but he never killed anyone himself! He also cares about people. His best friend is Paul, aka Joker. He looks out for everyone. He doesn’t do drugs or alcohol. Except for the one time, Dub (the head of his gang) forced drugs into him when he was really young.

Riley isn’t accepted when she goes to the court down the street, where later everynight, drugs are sold. She is told she doesn’t belong there by Tristan himself. They all ignore her except Lauren. She likes Riley and they become friends. Riley does something on a whim to prove that she can fit in with the boys. Where they learn to like her she never really gets accepted there. But Tristan and Riley have some kind of connection that can’t be ignored! I feel the pull they have to each other.It’s easy to see how both of them can be great leaders!

Okay, so like I said before, I don’t like sports. I just don’t get into it. But when Ginger Scott writes a book she puts sports in it and she explains things and she makes the characters so in need of something that I want them to win, to excel and to be happy in life. And I wanted Riley and Tristan to both have their deepest desires to come to fruition. I want Riley to become someone that people notice and not someone on this itty bitty last minute girls basketball team that has only a volunteer for a coach. And I want Triston to somehow free himself of this life in a gang and to live and be happy. Is that too much to ask? I guess it is sometimes. As for them, you will have to read the book to find out how their story ends!

There is a quote at the end that is what becomes part of their lives. I want to share it but it might be a spoiler so I won’t!

I did find myself crying a few times. Life can be so unfair and Ginger Scott writes these stories that may not be a perfectly ever afters but good enough to be happy with life ever after!

If you like basketball, stories about gangs and gang life, scholarships, realizing the truths in life, friends that stick with you no matter what, then this might be a book for you!

Content: language, one sex scene, violence with guns and fighting.

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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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