Title: This is Falling
Author: Ginger Scott
Series: Falling #1
Release Date: August 29, 2014
First, I had to remember how to breathe. Then, I had to learn how to survive. Two years, three months and sixteen days had passed since I was the Rowe Stanton from before, since tragedy stole my youth and my heart went along with it.
When I left for college, I put a thousand miles between my future and my past. I’d made a choice—I was going to cross back to the other side, to livewith the living. I just didn’t know how.
And then I met Nate Preeter.
An All-American baseball player, Nate wasn’t supposed to notice a ghost-of-a-girl like me. But he did. He shouldn’t want to know my name. But he did. And when he learned my secret and saw the scars it left behind, he was supposed to run. But he didn’t.
My heart was dead, and I was never supposed to belong to anyone. But Nate Preeter had me feeling, and he made me want to be his. He showed me everything I was missing.
And then he showed me how to fall.
This Is Falling in the first novel by Ginger Scott that I have had the pleasure of reading and I am so glad I got the opportunity to experience this beautiful story. This Is Falling is the story of college students Nate and Rowe, two people holding onto the past and in need of a reminder that it’s ok to let go and live. I absolutely devoured this book, never losing my need to know these characters. Of course it doesn’t hurt that Nate is practically my ideal book boyfriend. Even the secondary characters had me emotionally attached to them in an instant. The relationships between the various characters provided the framework for this story and infused this tale with life.
“And then it’s there – the smile. The same look she had on her face in that picture. It’s joy. And I just gave it to her.”
Rowe was a phenomenal character. Everything about her was raw and real. She’s been through things that have left her shattered and scarred. Ginger Scott skillfully manifested Rowe’s pain and heartache in every gesture, every conversation and every decision she makes throughout the story. Rowe undergoes such an incredible character transformation over the course of this story. She has a lot of learning and healing to do, but as she makes friends, dares to live a little, and lets herself fall, we get to see her evolve and mature. Ginger made sure her personal growth was relatable, took time and didn’t feel forced. She made sure to never let my feeling of familiarity with the character waver. Rowe and Nate had a chemistry that was undeniable. Their hilarious banter, ridiculous pranks, and intensely honest moments really brought this book to life.
“He didn’t ask. He didn’t come up with some transparent scheme. He was just honest – perfectly, beautifully, terrifyingly honest.”
There is something magical about a love story set on a college campus. The carefree attitude, enthusiasm for life, thirst for knowledge and hope for the future that permeates the campus atmosphere is intoxicating. With her words, Ginger Scott had me right back on my own college campus, moving into the dorms, attending my first house party, eating in the cafeteria and taking final exams. I was re-living every beautiful moment of such an important and challenging time in life. Ginger made Nate and Rowe’s experiences my experiences and I could feel their struggles and fears in my own heart. I felt completely transported into their world, solidifying my connection to these fantastic characters. Their broken pieces called to me, and gave me more reason to love this duo that feels so genuine.
“Anger can only carry you so far, and mine has run out. Now, I am only devastated.”
This Is Falling is an emotional and stunning journey of loss, love and letting go. I didn’t expect the path that this book took, but once I was on this journey, I was completely consumed by it. The secrets and truths that come to light in this story were heartbreaking and I’ll admit I ugly cried harder than I had in a long time. Ginger Scott has given her characters breathtaking strength that resonates deeply with me and planted them firmly in my heart. I adored Nate and Rowe and I am already way too anxious for Ty’s book. I will definitely be reading more from this great author.
“You ever make wishes?” he says, out of nowhere. His voice breaks the thick silence, and it makes my heart jump. I think it would have jumped at hearing him anyhow.
“All the time,” I say. “You?”
“Nah,” he says, and I start to laugh, but I realize he isn’t. “I just made my first one in years.”
“Oh yeah? You want Barbie back?”
“No,” he smiles. “I wished you were over here instead of there.”
More seconds pass, and I let them slip into minutes, my eyes unable to leave his. He didn’t ask. He didn’t come up with some transparent scheme. He was just honest—perfectly, beautifully, terrifyingly honest. We lie there for fifteen more minutes just looking at one another, this new feeling swallowing us both up whole, until Nate finally rolls to his back and then his other side, facing away from me.
More seconds. More minutes. I watch his body rise and fall with every breath, and it’s constant and regular, but I know he’s still awake. Being Cass’s friend, being Paige’s friend, even being Ty’s friend—that’s all part of healing. But what I’m about to do right now has nothing to do with my own personal growth and overcoming my trauma. Being Nate’s friend was a level I left in the dust the second I made his acquaintance. And right now is about me, and the pounding in my chest, and the voice in my head telling me to take what I want.
“Nate?” I speak, my eyes shut tightly.
“Can I come over?” I open my eyes as soon as I speak—amazed the words left my lips.
He rolls back over to face me, lifting his blanket open, and I somehow find my balance and tiptoe to the other side of the room, lying down next to him, in the most amazingly safe place I’ve ever felt.
He’s slow with his arm, pulling the top of the blanket over my shoulder and then reaching around the front of my body to pull me in close. He slides his other arm under my head for a pillow, and my head rests heavily on his bicep. I reach up and pull the tie from my hair, dropping it to the floor. Nate’s hand reaches along my arm when I do, and then he runs his fingers up my neck and into my hair, scooping my heavy strands into a pile along my skin. He continues to run his fingers from my hairline to behind my ear, each stroke like a wave crashing over me, making my eyes feel heavy.
“Hey Nate?” I say, my voice barely a whisper.
“Mmmmm,” he says, his nose pressed against the back of my head while he pulls me in closer, continuing to wind my hair through his fingers.
“You should make more wishes,” I say.
“I just made, like, about twenty. But don’t worry. I’m patient.”
Every nerve in my body is tingling from whatever it is we’re doing. This is no longer just flirting. This is levels beyond flirting. And I am about to fall asleep without the help of Ambien for the first time in months.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Falling series:
You and Everything After (Falling #2)
The Girl I Was Before (Falling #3)
In Your Dreams (Falling #4)
Ginger Scott is a writer and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. She is the author of four young and new adult romances, with her fifth title, This Is Falling, set to release in late August 2014.
Scott 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.
When 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. Scott is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).