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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 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. 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. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).
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The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott is one of those books that I’ve been eagerly waiting for, in the same way I eagerly waited for each new Harry Potter release. Ever since I read the first book in the Falling series, Paige has intrigued me. At a first glance, she appears to be your stereotypical popular “mean” girl, but there’s always something there…something just below the surface that whispers there’s more to this story.
And I was right. I was so, so very and completely utterly right. Paige Owens has so many different layers. I admired her strength, her uncertainty, and her sass. She ultimately learns the true meaning of friendship and selflessness. Her journey is raw and beautiful, and Houston Orr…can we talk about Houston for a moment? PLEASE?
Some of my favorite Houston moments:
“It’s sad that most people think being honest is strange. I just feel like even the ugliest truth feels a whole lot better than carrying around the weight of lies.” – Houston Orr
“I like you, and that’s what this all is to me—it’s me liking you and being perfectly fine with being the guy in the background, beyond your spotlight. That’s what I got out of that story your sister shared. I heard that you’re a leader, that you’re the one people gravitate to—people adore you! How have you forgotten that? I want to see that girl, more of that girl—the girl who rules the playground. This place needs her.” – Houston Orr
“Thing is, with anyone else, you’d just be their girlfriend, and with me…you’re kind of my world.” – Houston Orr
Houston Orr is remarkable. He has been through so much, his story literally gutted me and sliced into my heart. But despite all he’s been through, he isn’t bitter or jaded – he loves with all his heart and he is honest. Their chemistry was breathtaking – their love and how it blossomed was poetic.
Ginger Scott definitely hit the nail on the head with this one. I’ve given it five stars because they are deeply earned, not only from her beautiful writing and the magic that is Paige and Houston, but the fantastic messages of the novel: honesty, selflessness, bravery, friendship and change.
The entire Falling series needs to be celebrated and read by every lover of romance. The way that Ginger weaved each story into the other was nothing short of phenomenal. I absolutely adore the way this series was written, and happily recommend each book to you all!