Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Review: The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott

Genre: New Adult - Contemporary Romance - College

Series: Falling (Book 3)

Publication Date: 23rd June 2015

Format: ebook

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.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

My Thoughts:

The Girl I Was Before marks the third – and final – book in Ginger Scott’s wonderful Falling series. For those who haven’t read the first two books in the series, don’t worry! The Girl I Was Before can be read as a standalone. However, that being said, I most definitely would read the other two books because they are all interconnected, there is some overlap in terms of timelines, and they are bloody brilliant.

Ginger Scott has a beautiful way of writing that draws you into the lives of her characters immediately and steals a little piece of your heart as you embark on their journey. The Girl I Was Before is the perfect example.

Paige is prickly and difficult, but you can’t help but be drawn to her, feel for her and route for her every step of the way as she embarks on a journey to become the girl she was before… To rediscover herself. There is no cheesy soul searching or overnight transformations. It’s raw and it’s real. There are steps forward and steps back. In the end, she gets there and it leaves you happy and smiling.
Houston… Oh man, Houston. Houston is awesome. He is not your average love interest. He is not your typical New Adult, college guy manwhore / badass / athlete / asshat made good. Nope. Surprise ladies – and gentlemen - he is a good guy! Sure, he has baggage. That baggage leads to a lot of responsibilities. But, he doesn’t let the weight of it crush him. He knows what he wants, he knows who he is and he is freaking sexy gorgeous to boot!

Paige and Houston together are a treat. Their banter is entertaining. The connection between them is so strong, so addictive, that it keeps you engrossed and breathless from the first page to the last. It’s hard reading a book when you love the characters, love the characters together but just don’t know if they’d work, no matter how much they love each other but I was left feeling hopeful that they’d make it.

My only complaint about the book – and I guess the series – is the lack of an epilogue, jumping to the future and confirming that everything works out just lovely in the long term. But that’s life I guess. 

(Review copy granted by author in exchange of an honest review)
*audiobook coming soon

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