Cry Baby

Cry Baby

Tristan Lopez is loyal to his brothers. He doesn’t really have a choice, born into a gang that has a chokehold on every kid that roams its streets. He gave his life to them willingly, knowing if he did then one day this kingdom, led by boys drunk with power and ruled by fear, would all be his.

He was loyal through it all. Loyal when prison took his dad away. Loyal when his face was touched by the cold metal of the rival gang’s gun. Loyal even though his mom begged him to run the moment she returned home from rehab.

He thought about becoming someone else. It was hard not to crave the life of a regular 17-year-old. It’s the only reason he stayed in school—to pretend. But he always fell back in line.


Riley Rojas didn’t belong in Tristan’s real world. She should have only been part of the fantasy, one of the many faces he got to pretend with amidst rows of metal chairs and desks and whiteboards with assignments. But there she was, moving boxes from the back of an old pick-up into a house Tristan had shot up on a dare with his friends only a few months before.

Tall enough to look him in the eyes and strong enough to fill his shadow, Riley took up space on his streets, her loud mouth fearless in the face of the gang leaders who terrified everyone else. She pushed Tristan around on the hard court, and she balled better than his friends—better than him sometimes. She challenged him. She needed him. He liked it. And when her pale blue eyes stared into his, he quit wanting to pretend.

He couldn’t ask her to leave because she’d only dig her heels in deeper. He couldn’t ask because he didn’t want her to go. She was blurring his lines. She was testing his loyalty.

He was falling in love.

And it was going to tear him apart.

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    Cry Baby Reviews

  • KAS

    Dub calls. I say yes. And so goes my life.One thing I can always count on and appreciate when I sit down to start a Ginger Scott YA read, it will never be a “cookie cutter” romance. Thank the star...

  • L.J. Shen

    Ginger Scott writes books that speak to me on another level. YA is my jam, and angsty YA with troubled characters thrown in is basically what I live for.Cry Baby is brilliantly written. It's hauntingl...

  • Jenny??Steamy Reads Blog??

    Cry BabyTo describe this book is literally so hard for me.... Words are next to impossible to truly say how I feel. Tristian, this poor tortured soul, I fell in love with him. My heart ached for his t...

  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOGFull disclosure - my mindset when I started Cry Baby wasn't in the right place so my review might be a little bit tainted by that. I have had a lot going on and it was a litt...

  • Jennifer Kyle

    4 Stars Author Ginger Scott takes around round on the basketball court and this time the court is on the mean streets as high school students one a gangbanger and one a driven basketball player fall ...

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog??

    4-4,5 starsSuch a beautiful story, Ginger Scott impressed me for one more time!Her writing is flawless and her story is intense and emotional.Cry Baby is raw and realistic, I felt like I was a part of...

  • Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)

    As soon as I turned the last page of this book, I felt like I needed to sob. I had all these pent up feelings, all these residual emotions from everything this book made me feel and I just couldn't ge...

  • chan ?

    dnf @ 30%there were a lot of reasons that this didn't work for me but i'll keep it short- books about gangs/gang activity especially with underage characters are usually a no for me- i didn't realize ...

  • akiko

    3.5 My Person Stars17 year old Riley Rojas has just moved to a new place and that's where she meets Tristian, a fellow baller and 12th grade high school student. She finds out some things about him, b...

  • Jessica

    DNF at 65%Ginger Scott has written some of my favorite YA books but there also have been works of hers in the past I didn’t particularly like and sadly, Cry Baby is now one of them, too.I wouldn’t...