June 26, 2015

Review - The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott

THE GIRL I WAS BEFORE by Ginger Scott is finally here! Check out the review and giveaway below!

 NA Contemporary Romance
Scheduled to release: 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.


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About the Author:

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).

Social Media Links:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GingerScottAuthor

Twitter: @TheGingerScott

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/thegingerscott/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GingerScottAuthor

Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GingerScottAuthor/posts

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/GingerScott


Holy cow, this is book, I am in complete book love. First, I am a huge fan of Ginger Scott and I have loved this series, but this story – it’s just MORE!

Paige Owens is the girl we at first, loved to hate. She was mean, crass, and self-centered. I honestly, couldn’t stand her in This is Falling, but somewhere along the way she wormed her way into my heart. I was actually excited to read her story and from the very beginning I was impressed with her.

Paige is used to being the Queen B, the leader, the girl other girls want to be, but what she has quickly realized is her whole live is fake. Nothing is real, the only real things in her life: her sister and family, she gave up to be popular. First, I loved how Paige made this realization early. Don’t get me wrong she still has so much growing up to do, but Paige is on the right track.

Houston Orr is the hot deli boy. The story is told from dual POV and we quickly see Houston’s not your typical twenty-one year old. He lives at home, works a ton of hours and goes to college. He isn’t wrapped up in partying or living the “college experience” he is just a good guy trying to do the right thing.

Paige and Houston are acquaintances after Paige makes many visits to the deli where Houston works. Houston has noticed Paige, really seen her. He sees beyond her façade to the real girl. Paige isn’t used to anyone really seeing her and can’t deny the feelings that he evokes.

Paige and Houston are two people who are probably never supposed to be together. She is the self-centered party girl and he is the twenty-one year old forced to be an adult, but together they see something in each other.

I truly loved this story. It was everything I needed in a read! It was sweet and funny, but also had moments of angst. There was real character growth throughout the story and it wasn’t immediate. I love how it was a struggle, like real life, but in the end it was worth it. I loved the connection between Paige, Houston and Houston’s family. I never would have imagined this story for Paige, but Ginger really delivered for her. She brought Paige past what we knew and made her into my favorite character in the series.

There is so much more to this story, but I do not want to list any spoilers. Mainly because I loved gradually learning these surprises. They really made this story for me. I was excited and couldn’t wait to turn the page and learn more. I highly recommend this read. If you are a fan of the series I think you will be super happy with Paige’s story. If you are new to the series, I recommend visiting McConnell and meeting the gang.

Thank you so much Ginger for giving us these characters. I hope to see more of them in the future!

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