Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Author: Ginger Scott
Published: October 1, 2013
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?
Book one, Waiting on The Sidelines, captured my whole heart when I read it. In book two, Going Long, the author does it again. The story is told from both Nolan and Reed's POV. Their story picks up two years from the ending of book one but with Reed remembering the details of the last two years so the story isn't missing anything.
They are making a long distance relationship work. Their schedules in the Junior year of college starts to add a little challenge to things. And even more pressure was added by the big decisions they were both needing to make. Reed was doing so well playing football and was looking at entering the draft to play professionally. This was his dream. Nolan wasn't ready to face the reality of having to add even more distance between them if he went pro so she continued to avoid having the conversation with Reed. It was no surprise when new characters entered the story that had potential to ruin their beautiful relationship. I wasn't expecting Nolan to be the one to really screw up. After a devastating circumstance and then feeling betrayed by Reed, Nolan begins to make decisions that lead to more heart break for both of them .
Thank heavens they both have the support of amazing friends to help them find their wake back to the truth of their love and devotion to each other. Reed's mother and brother are the devils workers trying to screw it all up. I love Reed even more for putting them both in their place.
One of my favorite things about these two stories is how the author includes Nolan's work with children of special needs. It adds an even greater depth of emotion to the story. You also can't help but love Reed's father in both books. I was happy for the added bits about his character finding love and happiness. The author gives us the perfect ending with an amazing epilogue. It was just right. These books have definitely been two of my favorites this year.
Author Bio and Links
I tell stories for a living. It’s a pretty great gig, actually. Each story has led to an amazing encounter, be it a new appreciation for the view from atop a polo horse to a deeper understanding of what it means to be the parent of a child with autism. I’ve told the stories of Olympians, comedians, doctors, teachers, politicians, activists, criminals, heroes and towns.
While my craft has always led me down the journalism road, my desire has always been to bring to life the fictional stories in my head. I’ve wanted to write novels since I understood what they were. But then life — and probably a dash of self-doubt — always seemed to get in the way. Finally, my husband pointed out that the only thing stopping me from writing my book was actually…well…writing the damn thing. (His words.) So, I did. My debut novel, “Waiting on the Sidelines,” is now available on Kindle, Nook, Apple, Sony and more. It’s a coming-of-age romance, and like the nonfiction stories I’ve told for years, I hope it, too, is honest and thought-provoking. I’m not going to lie, it’s mushy as hell. But I also think it hits on some important issues — bullying, under-age drinking, anxiety and the pressures girls face to move faster than they want to just to keep up. I hope it inspires dialogue, and I hope mothers and daughters read it together.
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