The Girl I Was Before

Posted June 24, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

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The Girl I Was Before Book Cover The Girl I Was Before
Falling #3
Ginger Scott

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 strong goddess who doesn’t need anyone to save her, but damn does she need someone to believe in her.”

I have to admit that I was very nervous to start this book. I had been looking forward to this third book in the falling series for months, but there was one little problem.  I really disliked Paige in the previous two installments of this series. You need not worry though, Ms. Scott works her magic and takes this flat, superficial, and sometimes downright cruel character and manages to give her depth, dimension and a soul.

I found myself loving Paige. I cried for her, I cheered her on. I wanted her so badly to come out on top. Paige is like so many young girls who crave attention and want to be popular. She just got caught up and made some very bad decisions and hurt those closest to her along the way. When her world begins to fall apart, she is forced to make some real changes in regards to the person she is, and the person she wants to be. I think being forced to take a hard look in the mirror and admit to yourself that you are wrong and that you have done some really shitty things to people is one of the hardest things in life to do. It takes Paige a while, and she certainly digresses at some points but in the end she realizes that she no longer wants to be that girl.

I also loved, loved, loved Houston. What a great character. His story is absolutely heartbreaking, yet he has never let it break him. He still wants to be the good guy, despite all of the crappy things that life has thrown at him. The dynamic between him and Paige is really wonderful. He sees things in Paige that she wishes she could see in herself. It makes her want to become a better person, not for him, but for herself. Their romance is sweet. It is also work. It is not insta-love. It is slow building and real. It is what a true romance novel should be. If you google romance writer I feel that a picture of Ginger Scott should pop up. She is truly a master of her craft. The slow burn that takes place between Paige and Houston is almost excruciating at times, but the payoff is so worth it. The stolen glances, the first touch, the first kiss, the feelings that the author is able to invoke are really incredible.

The Preeter brothers also make a few appearances (swoon)! These two are easily some of my favorite book characters ever. We also get a glimpse of what Cas and Rowe have been up to. I know I’m biased but I just can’t help loving a Ginger Scott book! In 300 pages she can make you believe in love. She will make you laugh, cry and make you believe in romance, fairytales, and happily ever after.

5 Stars and a six pack of whatever you can find! (These are college kids after all)

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