Series: Falling #3
on June 23, 2015
Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult
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.
The Girl I Was Before is the third and final book in the Falling series. I fell in love with Ginger Scott’s writing in her first book and have devoured the second and third one with as much enthusiasm.
You may remember Paige from the other two books. She is Cass’ twin sister. From the other two books you can sum up that Paige is quite a piece of work. She is not too kind to people and can be brutally honest. Some of her choices she has made have completely appalled me. But Paige doesn’t apologize for who she is, she completely owns it. In The Girl I Was Before, she tries to set herself on a path of redemption and right the wrongs she has done. Along the way she finally gets her heart stolen by one of the most amazing book boyfriends ever to be written.
“Just because computer geeks weren’t your thing before…doesn’t mean they aren’t now. I have a way of converting people, just sayin’.”
Houston is just AHHHH…MAZING. I mean, he is literally amazing. He is working a few too many shifts to provide for his family. He is also going to school on top of that and keeping his priorities in check. What he does not need is the distraction of real-life Barbie, Paige. She is so different than what he is used to but he falls for her nonetheless. Ginger Scott has written some amazing leading heroes but Houston completely tops the list.
“But the thing is, with anyone else, you’d just be their girlfriend, and with me…you’re kind of my world.”
Honestly, I tried my hardest to fall for Paige but I just couldn’t. I think she came off a bit too harsh for my liking. From the get-go, she was not very kind to Houston but layer by layer he chipped away at her icy facade. I will say that there is one scene in particular that made me like Paige a bit more (I’m not spoiling it) and it was a very important for Houston as well. I really did enjoy the twists and turns that The Girl I Was Before had and the story was fabulously executed. Also, I liked that you got to see glimpses of Cass, Ty, Nate, and Rowe as well. I do wish there was more of an epilogue…maybe a few years down the road? But a girl can always wish, right?! Psst…Ginger-I’m waiting.
Other Books in the Series
This is Falling
You and Everything After