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Drummer Girl by Ginger Scott

Mature YA/New Adult Contemporary Romance

Release day: July 30, 2019



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A mature YA/New Adult contemporary rock star romance by Ginger Scott

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.

My Review

In Ginger Scott’s newest release, Drummer Girl, she crafts a story about first/young love, about finding a medium that helps individuals’ cope with the pain and heartache of growing up in dysfunction, mistreatment, and neglect, about choosing to live life for themselves in order to secure a future worth having.

From the beginning of the story, Jesse Barringer appears to be a troublemaker bad boy who doesn’t have anything to offer a shy girl like Ari, but as their story continues and it becomes clear that he is a product of his environment, what also becomes quite obvious is that with the right person pushing through his walls and helping him to see his worth and all that he has to offer, not only to her, but to the world as a whole, the Jesse who has always been there beneath his hardened exterior finds his way to the light, allowing readers to understand what Ari always saw in Jesse despite their rough beginning.

I absolutely adored Arizona Wakefield and how she chose to live her life despite the difficulties she faced. It’s clear what she’s had to endure so far in her young life and as much as it works to be her only defining qualities, she refuses to be pulled completely down and she does so with a musical outlet that allows her to be her true self, to express her true feelings, and it’s that medium that gives her hope and Jesse.

The music analogy strung and blended throughout the pages of Drummer Girl illustrate how essential music is to both Arizona and Jesse and the fact that they figure out how to meld together a melody and rhythm that not only expresses their individuality but also demonstrates how well they harmonize together allows them to continue to push forward even when the trauma and pain from their pasts threaten to tear them down.

Ginger Scott is quickly becoming one of my favorite mature YA/New Adult romance authors; her stories are easily relatable to her readers and the topics explored as well as the messages expressed in her books highlight contemporary society’s concerns in an open and honest way.

4.5 Poison Apples


Drummer Girl, Copyright Ginger Scott 2019

“That’s the first time I’ve played that song. I like it. We should add it to our set,” he says, pulling the strap from around his neck before setting his guitar at the foot of his bed. “What do you think?”

He twists so our knees are touching and our shoulders are squared.

“I think you’re a showoff, one. And two…I totally think we should close with that at our gig. People love retro shit like that at shows.” I don’t really know what people like at shows because the only kinds I’ve ever been to have been for high school marching nerds or jazz geeks. I probably don’t even deserve to utter the word gig yet. I’m a gig virgin. I do know movies, though, and if this life was a movie, our band would close with that.

Jesse’s eyes linger on my face, making me warm.

“Okay then,” he says, finally. “And I’m not a showoff.”

His lips pucker with his smirk and mine follow suit until a laugh seeps through.

“You so are!” I shove at him playfully, and his hands wrap around my wrists and shove back gently but don’t let go.

“No, I’m a great example. That’s a totally different thing,” he says, pulling me toward his chest until my fingertips meet the hard surface of his pecs under a well-worn white T-shirt.

“I’m pretty sure it’s just a synonym for showoff how you’re using it. In fact, now you’re just being arrogant!” I gripe back through laughter, a wry smile playing at one side of my mouth. Jesse remains quiet, though. His head leaned a tick to the right. My lips vibrate with this sudden change in atmosphere, and without even helping myself, I bite my bottom lip. There is just enough light in the room to see these small things we’re doing, these…signs. At least, I’m giving a sign. I hope I’m not imagining Jesse’s.

At least three full breaths pass between us without words. I count mine, and I guess how many he takes because really, I can’t see much beyond the dark centers of his eyes and the top curl of his lip. I wait for him. Even though I’m dizzy and happy and excited, I don’t want to be eager and desperate. I wait for him to move closer…to do something.

I wish for him.

“Would it be okay if I kissed you now?”

About the Author

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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