Book Review and Giveaway : Going Long by Ginger Scott

October 21, 2013 Book review, Giveaway 10 ★★★★

Going Long is a totally satisfying wind-up to the story that began in Waiting on the Sidelines.  Reed and Nolan tangled themselves up into my heart in book 1 and this book has the same vibe of making you really care for these characters.  Don’t forgot to scroll down for your chance to win an e-copy of Waiting on the Sidelines 🙂

Book Review and Giveaway : Going Long by Ginger ScottGoing Long by Ginger Scott
Series: Waiting on the Sidelines #2
Published by self published on 1st Oct 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Pages: 243
Format: eARC
Source: Received from Author
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four-stars

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?

Reed and Nolan’s story continues in "Going Long," sequel to "Waiting on the Sidelines.

My Recap of Going Long:

Reed and Nolan are now in college, they are still deeply in love but there a few challenges ahead.  A long distance relationship is never easy and Reed is getting ready to be drafted to play professional football.  Can a first love really survive all the curveballs that life can throw at them?

First Line :

“The first time I thought about marrying Nolan Lennox, she had just saved my father’s life.”

My Thoughts on Going Long :

There are two reasons I love this book.  One is Reed and two is Nolan.  These characters feel so real, so genuine that when I think about this book, I think of both of these characters with real affection for them.  I watched them grow up in the first book, like colts with shaky legs, making awkward, clumsy moves but gradually finding confidence and taking control of themselves.

In Going Long I see them make mistakes, learn from them and develop into their adult lives.  It sounds corny but I feel so proud of them both especially Reed as he has made great strides from his younger wild boy ways.  They are not angelic though and still revert to old insecurities from time to time but I always had faith in them to find their path.

I was afraid before I read this book that it might take these characters and just add drama for the sake of a new book.  This is far from the case.  The plot is well evolved, it feels natural and is something that can happen and does happen to couples everywhere.

Going Long is an emotional rollercoaster, mostly because I’m so fond of these two characters.  I felt like I was constantly going up and down in a lift, there were highs and lows, we were making progress and losing progress.  As a bystander, I could see so clearly what they needed to do and if I could have jumped into the book to point them in the right direction I would have!

All my favourite characters from the previous book are here plus some new characters to spin things up a bit.  Apart from having a lovely romance, a huge part of why I love this book is the friendships that surround the Reed and Nolan.  They add humour, an amazing support network and round out the plot.

I don’t think this book would work as a standalone as it’s quite short and you need to know the background stories to really appreciate what is happening.  But if you have read Waiting on the Sidelines, I’d encourage you to read this one too.  It is a perfect follow on and by the end of the book, I felt a bit choked-up to be saying goodbye to the cast

Rating Report
Characters
four-half-stars
Setting
three-half-stars
Pace
three-half-stars
Did I feel it?
four-half-stars
Overall: four-stars

Who should read Waiting on the Sidelines and Going Long?

If you are looking for a book with lots of character development, a book to make you feel good, a book that you will leave down with a dorky smile on your face, then I’d recommend both Waiting on the Sidelines and Going Long to you.

Thanks to Ginger for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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10 Responses to “Book Review and Giveaway : Going Long by Ginger Scott”

    • trish

      It is a lovely coming of age story Wattle and with a cast that just make their way into your heart. I loved how it captured all those clumsy awkward moments of being a teenager. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway as it’s for the first book and not the sequel! Good luck :O

    • trish

      Great to hear that Mary. I think it would be a great one to discuss as it reminds you of that awkward teenage stage when you have no confidence. Well it did for me anyway!

    • trish

      I agree, I prefer this book cover too. It seems more grown up! Both books are really good though with memorable characters.

  1. Jolene A

    I love coming of age stories and I think this sounds like an amazing read! Thanks for the chance to win

  2. barb

    I LOVED both of Gingers books. Made me relive my high school years. Everything about WOTS is real and raw. GL gets you even more entwined with love & loss with Reed & Nolan.

    • trish

      Totally agree Barb, I really love these characters. It captures all the awkward moments of growing up and I feel so proud of what both Reed and Nolan grew in to. Both books gave me all the feels 🙂

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