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Nico Medina's world is 11 miles away from mine. During the day, it's a place where doors are open - where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked smoke flows from pipes. West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries them - one at a time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.
I'm Reagan Prescott - coach's daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect family. Life on top. Lies. My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know - I've watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for years. In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light. Quarterback. Hero. Heart. Good. I hated him before I needed him. I fell for him fast. I loved him when it was almost too late. When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my hasn't met the boy from West End.
©2016 Ginger Scott (P)2016 Ginger Scott
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By Reading Momma Book Blog on 08-24-17

New Favorite!

The Hard Count, broke me in the most beautiful way. You know that feeling you get while reading an amazing scene or finishing an unforgettable movie? The one that almost seems like butterflies in your stomach. It's a type of giddiness that you wish would never go away. I had that feeling for more of this book than not and can still feel it. Yes, I finished this book about five hours ago, but can still feel that feeling! It is amazing.

Now, I generally don't have a favorite book. When people ask me to pick a favorite, I look at them dumbfounded. How in the world could I possibly pick just one amazing book when I have read so many?! Well, now I have two books and this one is my number one pick.

I just cannot begin to describe the way this book made me feel. I laughed, I was angry, I was confused, I cried, I smiled, I felt so many things throughout the course of this book.

Can I tell you what sealed the deal of how amazing this book was for me? I finished this book while walking to my first class of the semester this morning and was in awe. I could connect with so many parts and it gave me that giddiness feeling that I loved so much. I didn't really think about it in class, but as soon as I got out it was on my mind. I reread the last chapter and sighed in total contentment of finishing such an amazing book. But then, then as I was pulling into the parking lot of the mall to quickly grab my son some shin guards between classes, I started crying. And not just some tears, I was full on sobbing. Sobbing for me, sobbing for what Ginger Scott felt writing this book, sobbing for the characters, the readers, and anyone and everyone that can connect with this story.

That's how I knew this was a book I would never forget and would encourage every single person I know to read.

It broke me. It broke me hard, but it couldn't have been done in a better way. This is the type of book that makes you a better person for reading it. <3

Audio: I LOVED the audio for this book! I'm not sure it could have been done better! You could hear the emotions in the narrator's voice. You could feel the thoughts in the characters head. You could feel the story! This audio has set the bar for all audio books now and it is set high!

What are you waiting for? Get it now!

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By Paula DeBoer on 06-15-17

A amazing story that changes your life outlook

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Because it shows you how not to judge people you never know what someone is going threw. Plus just where you live doesn't mean your like your environment.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nico the boy never gave up to prove everyone wrong and he loves his family and friends so much it made you fall in love with him too

What about Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross ’s performance did you like?

I loved it all they really brought the story to life

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did I couldn't stop listening to it! Amazing story that makes you say Hoorah with them

Any additional comments?

Amazing book that I'll never forget that needs to be a movie

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