Drummer Girl by Ginger Scott
Genres: Contemporary, Mental Illness, Music, Young Adult
Format: e-ARC
Source: the author

Arizona Wakefield was a beat without a melody. Living a half-breathing life in a half-finished neighborhood with parents who always wore half-hearted smiles, the high school senior only had one thing that let her color outside her family’s perfectly drawn lines—her drums.

Jesse Barringer was a song without a chorus. The son of a washed-up rock star who’s also one hell of a deadbeat dad, he was given two things from his father—musical genius and a genetic link to the bipolar disorder that drives him mad.

One night in a garage at the end of a cul-de-sac in the middle of a bankrupt California neighborhood, Jesse’s melody found Arizona’s rhythm. An angry boy with storm-colored eyes found a blonde angel in Doc Martens with missing lines in her own story. Where her rhythm stopped, his words took over, and together, they wrote one hell of a story.

** Drummer Girl is a mature YA/New Adult romance that touches on mental health, drug abuse and includes mature sexual situations.

*Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the Author but that did not in any way influence this review!

There are very few authors who can shred my heart while still, somehow, allowing me to hold on to hope.  Ginger Scott has, once again, given me a story that had me exhausted from so many feels and yet exhilarated from the depth of the story and it’s characters.  I stopped long ago saying that every new Ginger Scott book was my favorite because it happens every time.  Somehow this wonderful author is able to reach deep into my soul and fill it with characters who surprise me, worry me, intrigue me, and make me love them deeply.

Arizona and Jesse have found a place among my favorites.  Their story is one of tragic presents and even more tragic pasts.  Ari and Jesse battle inner demons, and tackle situations that teenagers should never have to deal with, while somehow managing to wade through all the emotions that come with first love.  Ari is such a smart character.  Her ability to deal with  a past that breaks her heart, and with parents who aren’t really present, is inspiring.  I was in awe of her strength and kindness.  She showed empathy beyond her age.  Jesse’s battles broke my heart over and over.  He dreams big dreams but doesn’t always believe in himself.  However, with Ari by his side he continues battling.  And isn’t that what it’s all about…always kicking back when the world tries to knock you down?!?

These two broken souls patched each others’ hearts and souls, keeping each other moving forward, and keeping me glued to every single page.  This is an emotional story that will stay with me for a long time and I’m so glad I spent time with Ari and Jesse.  Ms. Scott’s ability to tell a story with such realism and emotion is one of the reasons that she’s a must-read author for me.  With each and every unique story she tells she transports me into worlds so different from my own…yet always manages to touch me deeply!  Thank you for yet another unforgettable ride, Ginger!

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