Title: The Girl I Was Before
Author: Ginger Scott
Series: Falling #3
Release Date: June 23, 2015
I’m the selfish one. I suppose that’s the nicest thing people say about me. I’ve heard the other things, too. “Paige Owens is a pretty girl with nothing else to offer. She’s just a good time at a party. She’s stupid, heartless, cold and useless. All she cares about is getting a guy to look at her. Why would anyone want to be her friend?”
Some of those things are true. Others were true. They’re all hurtful.
None of it matters.
I’m ready to make the hard choices. I’m ready to face the consequences. I’m ready to be the girl I was before, and I’m done being the one who lost her way.
I’m ready to become the girl Houston Orr sees when he looks at me.
Houston isn’t a star athlete. He doesn’t play in a band. He’s never going to be president, and his life is so far away from simple and easy it isn’t even funny. He wasn’t part of my plan. But I’m starting to think plans are overrated, and maybe our stories are what we make them. And mine depends entirely on me, and the choices I make…starting now.
Houston is my fairytale. He’s perfectly imperfect. He’s poetry and life. He’s truth and heartbreak, all rolled up in a tall body with dark hair, broad shoulders and green eyes that lull me into submission. He’s nothing I ever thought I wanted, but the very thing I need. He’s the only guy I’ve ever really loved, and he thinks I’m a princess. I fell into him, and now I’m holding on.
But sometimes life takes away our ability to choose. Sometimes…things aren’t in your control. Sometimes, it hurts to be selfless. My only hope is that when it comes time to choose, I get it right.
Welcome to my once upon a time and wish for happily ever after.
Ginger Scott has managed to once again floor me with her impressive grasp on the new adult mindset. Paige’s story is one I was interested in hearing the moment we met her character in This Is Falling. Her hard outer shell and sharp tongue hinted at a damaged girl who had seen her share of heartbreak. Houston and Paige are both incredibly complicated characters, dealing with responsibilities far outside the norm of someone their age. They seem miles apart in the way they handle their circumstances, but their differences are what made this story beautiful. Ginger Scott expertly captured the heartache and uncertainty of Paige and Houston’s journey, resulting in a story that was simply captivating.
“She smiles again, and this time, it’s different. It’s not painted on, or pretend. It’s real. And I put it there. Because I trust her. Because I believe her.”
Ginger Scott definitely has a gift for character development, as is evident in the growth of Paige in The Girl I Was Before. While I was always curious about her, I didn’t really care so much for Paige in the previous books. I saw her as she meant the world to see her: tough, cold, and elitist. This time around Ginger Scott delved deep into this character delivering her heart and soul to us. We get to really understand the motives, fears, and insecurities that shape the girl Paige projects to the world and along the way I began to feel for her. In this way, Houston was the perfect match for her, as I fell in love with him instantly. He was everything Paige needed to recognize in herself and that made my heart soar. Houston and Paige managed to give each other the things in life they were lacking, allowing them both to grow and flourish in a profound way over the course of this story.
“I’m both melting and terrified at once, and when I finally look into his eyes, I feel myself fall into the green layers that grow dark around the edges and are golden in the middle. I swim in them. I drown.”
The Girl I Was Before was a completely unexpected story in my eyes. I couldn’t have even begun to guess what direction Paige’s journey would take her. Nor could I begin to describe the kind of man that would break through her walls. Ginger Scott hit the nail right on the head with this intricate story, managing to keep me on my toes with the many unpredictable twists and startling personal connections. Ginger Scott has crafted a journey of intense emotions and genuine connection that left me feeling gratified. Paige’s story overlaps with the previous ones, allowing us to glimpse events from a new perspective and giving us time with Cass, Rowe, Ty, and Nate again. The intersection of these stories allowed for a sense of wholeness and family that gave the Falling series a sense of completeness. The Girl I Was Before is a beautiful, steamy, and thoughtful story of self-discovery, acceptance, and love.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Falling series:
This is Falling (Falling #1)
You and Everything After (Falling #2)
In Your Dreams (Falling #4)
Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight 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, Wild Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.
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.
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. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).