{Review & Giveaway} The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott

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{Review & Giveaway} The Girl I Was Before by Ginger ScottThe Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott
Series: Falling #3
Publisher: Self-Published on June 23, 2015
Pages: 299

Our Rating

5 Stars

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.



This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

TheVerdictThere’s just something about Ginger Scott’s writing that perfectly captures each moment and emotion in a story.  I was pretty much blown away by This is Falling, the first book in this series, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Paige’s story.  Paige has never been an easy character to like, but she had a few good moments in the previous books.  Despite her seemingly selfish ways, I knew there was more to her when she had absolutely no reaction to Rowe’s scars, and I really wanted to see what made her tick.

Unlike most romance heroines, Paige is not some perfect but misunderstood girl.  She’s been selfish, manipulative, and just plain cruel, even to those she loves the most.  Her need to be at the top of the social hierarchy has led her to a sorority where bitchiness seems to rule, and her boyfriend is absolutely worthless.  She’s basically everything you expect from a mean girl, including empty inside.  When she sees the futility of everything she’s done and become, standing up for herself means a lonely fall from the top.

Though she’s met Houston before, he really comes into her life when she’s facing the consequences of turning against her sorority and her jerk of a now ex-boyfriend.  Houston’s a genuinely good guy, but he’s got a bit of baggage, too, and it’s pretty much the last thing anyone expects.  He’s a single father at a terribly young age, still living at home and sharing as much responsibility as he can with his mother while he tries to finish college.  But he’s kind to Paige and seems to see past her mistakes, and in doing so he offers her a chance to really grow into herself.

The friendship between Paige and Houston is sweet, even more so when they beginning crossing the line into something more.  But it’s also done very much in a way that feels like it could be real.  Houston’s daughter comes first, even when he can’t deny his feelings for Paige, and it’s that love that eventually has Paige putting herself second as well.  It felt like Paige wanted to be a better person, but Houston is the one who showed her exactly how that’s done.

The story is achingly real, with characters who are truly flawed and facing the kinds of challenges not normally played out in romance novels.  Houston isn’t just some young, single dad with a heart of gold, and Paige isn’t some social climber turned angel overnight.  Their story is rough at times, making those moments when everything seems to come together that much more perfect.  I read a couple hundred books a year and have been doing that for most of my life, but rarely have I found a series – much less an author — who could so perfectly transport me into not just another world, but another person’s shoes.  Forget the series; just grab everything Ginger Scott has written and get to reading.  She is ridiculously talented.

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About Ginger Scott

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. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

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).

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