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The Girl I Was Before
     

The Girl I Was Before

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by Ginger Scott
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940151939522
Publisher:
Ginger Scott
Publication date:
06/23/2015
Series:
Falling , #3
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
52,773
File size:
495 KB

Meet the Author

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Awards-nominated author of several 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 and Wild Reckless. In Your Dreams, her tenth novel, releases March 29th, 2016. A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. She 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 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read each book in this series, and while I thought I couldn't love anything better than the first one, I was wrong - this one is my favorite! I loved every part of this story - the relationships, the characters, the plot with twists and turns. Such an enjoyable read. Can't wait to start over and read all three together. Highly recommend! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED the last book in this series!! I didn't think I was going to like it but it ended up being my favorite. I felt like I could feel the pain and the happniess! So well written! If your looking for a book to get lost in, this is it:)
preppea More than 1 year ago
My Favorite Series by This Author Everyone has their favorite book or series by a particular author, and the Falling series, this out of all the books I’ve read by Ginger Scott, is mine. I literally want to crawl up onto McConnell’s college campus and just watch the Preeter brothers, the Owens sisters, Rowe and Houston interact. I’m a big fan of not going overboard pursuing every character in a series just so the series can continue, but I can’t deny that I started watching each of Houston’s friends, wondering if any of them had the potential to be my next love interest so I didn’t have to say goodbye.  Paige is cold and harsh and she always has her eyes on the prize; no matter who she has to take down to get there. But Houston sees beyond her abrasive exterior and sees the brave girl who was born to lead and be her own hero. Just as Paige starts to let down her walls and let herself believe she might be worthy of Houston’s love, her past catches up with her and she has to choose between her own future and the futures of those she loves.  THE GIRL I WAS BEFORE made me laugh, made me cry, made me fall hard for Paige, Houston, and their love story. I couldn’t get enough of this amazing book that felt so comfortable, so familiar, and yet so special all at once. I loved the characters, loved the setting, loved how dimensional and real it all felt. The only moment I questioned for a minute was when Chandra got her dues—it seemed a little unbelievable how the story panned out in that moment but other than that, it was bliss. I give THE GIRL I WAS BEFORE a resounding 5 stars and hope every future book by Ginger Scott develops an equally phenomenal group of characters (no pressure or anything ;)). **Complimentary copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read book 1 of this series by this author and liked it. I wanted to give another one of her books a try and purchased this one. I honestly don't believe I've related to any other book as much as this one. I felt and understood parts of each of them - Paige and Houston. Everyone sees a strong women that never hurts and of course it feels you have to keep up the charade to live up to expectations but everyone hurts from time to time. Everyone makes mistakes even when it start of well intentioned. I love Paige and the way she changed for the best and realized her self worth. She truly does have a BIG heart and I found her to be pretty selfless. I love Houston! He was just so adorable, funny, romantic, hard worker and honest (full package). The things he experienced were sad and happy and as real as they get. I know all to well about having to grow up FAST, like yesterday. I don't write long reviews, normally just a couple sentences-get to the point. BUT this book gave me food for thought and pulled and so many of my feelings, thoughts and insecurities that I could keep going but I'll stop. Read it!
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Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott is the third book in her Falling series. Each book has tie-ins to the other books, but they can be read and thoroughly enjoyed as stand-alone books. I loved each one of the books. I would have to say that The Girl I Was Before feels a little more intense than that of This is Falling and Everything After. Paige is all about style over substance. She has the looks and the personality. She wants to be the “It” girl with the best, most socially-successful boyfriend. She has a plan and a path to reach her goal. Unfortunately, she makes some stunningly selfish decisions in order to get what she wants. You know the saying, “be careful what you wish for”? It applies to Paige. She got what she thought she wanted but at a significant cost to her sister, Cass. When Paige sees the damage done and the root meanness of her sorority sisters , she is haunted by her poor decisions. When she attempts to retaliate, it’s not clear who she is really trying to punish: her sister's rival,the sorority president, whose reputation might be sullied or herself as she knows she’ll be ostracized by the group she so desperately wanted to be a part of. Paige is one of those characters you want to hate because of her apparent shallowness and callousness, but every once in a while, she does something that is inherently kind and reveals a bit of the girl she was before. Ginger Scott paints a perfect picture of outwardly beautiful and inwardly conflicted Paige. Carson is her macho, ill-mannered frat-boy boyfriend. Aside from getting Paige into all the best parties, he adds nothing to the relationship. In fact, the extent of his disrespect of women is astounding. Carson helps readers see just how insecure Paige has become. Houston is also a student at McConnell, however, his life is a lot more complicated than most students. He does not have much money and he has a lot of baggage. He also has ethics and integrity. He wants to be a carefree college student, but that is not the path his life took. The trials and tribulations he has endured, as well as some carefully told childhood stories by Paige’s sister, Cass, gives him the insight to see the girl Paige was before. He champions her efforts to be that girl again. I love Paige’s vulnerability and bravery as well as Houston’s patience and inner strength. It is delightful to read a story where the female lead is not rescued by a guy. Paige is the princess who can rescue herself and offer strength to the knight in shiny armor. Ginger Scott has another hit on her hands with The Girl I Was Before. She masterfully wove in various story lines from all three of the books in the Falling series. The characters’ dialogue is lyrical. She has added smart, witty humor that doesn’t overwhelm the story. The storyline complexity she has added to The Girl I Was Before makes for a rich reading experience that I know I will be enjoying again very soon. The secondary characters, many of whom were main characters in prior books, add subtle dimensions to Paige’s and Houston’s story without stealing the spotlight. The Girl I Was before is another great story about the ups and downs of life and love in early adulthood. It’s an engaging story about a strong young woman who happens to find an extraordinary young man with whom she falls in love. If you haven’t read any of Ginger Scott’s other books, The Girl I Was Before is sure to make you an ardent fan.