My Review: Cry Baby by Ginger Scott

My Review:  Cry Baby by Ginger ScottCry Baby by Ginger Scott
Publication Date: June 22, 2018
Genres: Young Adult
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Synopsis

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.

My Review

Cry Baby by Author Ginger Scott is a YA, standalone novel.

“…I see your map, and I’m begging you to just look at this alternate route I’m showing you. You don’t have to go this way, Tristan. You can turn.”

My heart went out to the boy who became a young man in a world that consumed him in ways he often regretted. Tristan had no choice in his affiliation. His life was pre-determined by his location and his father’s association. His potential was used and abused. His intelligence tainted for the destruction of others. Tortured. That’s how Tristan was in this novel. And I felt completely helpless for him. It’s sad when someone feels that they aren’t smart enough, strong enough, good enough. It is an entire different level of sorrow when a person knows they could be better, do better, but they are paralyzed to change, and not entirely of their own doing.

“Tristan Lopez is the first for me—he’s my first. He was my first real kiss. He’s become the first boy I’ve been intimate with, and I want to give him more firsts. I want him to have my heart. I want to keep him.”

Riley was the new girl who was not giving up. Everywhere she went she fought hard to play her game. She was an inspiration in her outlook on life and her ability to see the best in others. I LOVED her. Her charisma, charm, and unwavering zest for life made her an unsinkable heroine.

“I’m walking two paths beginning right this minute, and I can’t let them cross. The collision would be deadly.”

It takes vision to dream and hope. It takes guts to put yourself out there, pleading for the effort put into it to be fruitful. Tristan and Riley defied odds in finding one another, and the path they took in Cry Baby was a constant push against the society that built walls around them. Their story was a paper shredder for my heart, ripping and tearing until the moment in which the greatest grind occurred, cutting apart every fine layer.

“I will stand here. I will hold on. I will be brave so he can be frightened…”

Author Ginger Scott doesn’t just write stories. She creates, making characters, setting, feelings, and background bend to every word she pens. She writes to leave life-long impressions. This one begged us not to give up, to always keep hope, to find a glimpse of possibility and hang on. Cry Baby was fierce, foreboding, and relentless, a must-read in YA literature.

“We are everything. We are everything. We are everything.”

5 Stars

About Ginger Scott

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight 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, Wild
Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.

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).

More from Ginger Scott

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