Book Review: The Hard Count by Ginger Scott

November 18, 2016 Book review 1 ★★★

Urrrggh, The Hard Count by Ginger Scott is a hard one to rate.  Parts I loved and other parts (I’m looking at you football) made me skim furiously.  But overall I think it’s quite an achievement that despite an aversion to football, I still enjoyed this football themed book!

Book Review: The Hard Count by Ginger ScottThe Hard Count by Ginger Scott
Published by self published on 15 July 2016
Genres: Social Issues, Sports & Recreation, YA Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 300
Format: eBook
Source: Received from Author
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Nico Medina’s world is eleven 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.
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.
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 world…it hasn’t met the boy from West End.

From the TBR pile Romance swoon! Young Adult

First Line of The Hard Count by Ginger Scott:

“I look over my shoulder when I walk home from school.”

My thoughts on The Hard Count by Ginger Scott:

I don’t want you all to just look at the 3 star rating and think this is a meh book.  Because, it’s definitely not a meh book.  It’s a book with a heart, and an important message, and characters to fall in love with.  A book with a family to shake your head over, but then watch proudly as they grow and develop.

The Good!

I really enjoyed the emotional intensity and the family dynamics. There is a theme of racism and lots of private school politics which I loved to hate.  Reagan is the coach’s daughter, and twin sister to the team star player.  Nico is her biggest rival in class, they love to debate and score points.

There is a delicious chemistry underlining their connections.  Even more so when he proves he is as talented on the field as he is in the classroom.  And stirs up a hornets nest as he is not from the right side of town, not from money and not a legacy player.  I thoroughly appreciate diversity in books and I loved this theme.

The Bad!

But the football…yawn! That’s just me, I don’t get football. I still have no idea why it’s called the hard count.  I think it’s some kind of a football play, if that’s even the right terminology.  Don’t ask me!  Because I was skimming all the football stuff to get back to the bits I love. The swoons, the toxic school old-boys-club politics, and did I mention the swoons!

I also prefer sports themed books where the GIRL is the sporty one.  I loved that Reagan loved photography and making videos and had her own interests.  But I personally love books where the female character is out there being all athletic.  As it inspires me and sends out such a positive message.


If you love football, sweet romances, and more football; then I think you’d love this so much more than I did.  Basically for me it was like a sandwich where I preferred the filling and left the bread behind!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Who should read The Hard Count by Ginger Scott?

I’d recommend this to you if you like YA romances with a sports theme, or if you like seeing the underdog battle his way to the top.  And it’s probably best if you love football as there is a lot of that here.  Fans of Ginger’s previous books like On The Sidelines should also enjoy this.  I’d also recommend it if you like authors such as Rachel Harris or Michelle Kemper Brownlow.

Thanks to Ginger Scott for sending me a copy of this book.  A review was not requested, but as always I am happy to give an honest, unbiased one.


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