Series: Varsity, #4
Author: Ginger Scott
Publication Date: October 15, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance, Mature Young Adult, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC provided by WordSmith Publicity and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
June Mabee is a lot of things.
She’s the girl next door.
She’s the best friend I ever had.
She was my first kiss, as awkward as it was.
And she’s the last person I should have feelings for. Ever.
Two years ago, I cut all ties with her because I had no choice. No more late night phone calls, no hellos or goodbyes, not even a passing smile. I left her to wonder what happened to the us we used to be. We were best friends, and then suddenly…we weren’t. And I know it hurt. But the truth would have hurt her more, and being anything with June would have destroyed my family.
For a while, we managed to exist a hundred feet apart with no connection at all. She changed schools. I kept busy. We existed, apart. But no matter how hard I tried to not think about her, I just couldn’t stay away from the funny, adventurous, steadfast girl with wild green eyes.
She’s back. We’re seniors now. We’ve grown—all of us. And while I might be different, she’s different too. She takes risks, stands up for herself and doesn’t back down. The more we’re forced together, the more I miss her. But for June to be a part of my story, I need to tell her the whole truth, everything that happened. And I’m not sure any of us are ready for that.
When I read Varsity Heartbreaker I really wanted Lucas’s point of view. Lucas was frustrating to say the least in that book. I just wanted to shout at him to give it up and admit to what was going on with him. The secrecy around his character was fabulous for the storyline with June, but it felt like something was missing. The thing that was missing was Varsity Captain. I am so happy that Ginger Scott decided to give it to us!
Being in Lucas’s head wasn’t all that fun in the beginning. If you’ve read Varsity Heartbreaker (which you should absolutely do before reading this book because this is a companion to that book) you know why. Getting his thoughts and feelings made his actions more understandable and him more likable. I didn’t always love what Lucas chose to do, but I now have a better understanding of his actions. I also loved how this book wasn’t just a copy of that first book in his POV, but gave us all sorts of new goodies to enjoy. It was honestly the perfect companion novel to Varsity Heartbreaker.