Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Girl I was Before by Ginger Scott [6,000 Likes Giveaway]

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.

5 I’ve got a Crush on you Stars

The Girl I was Before is a standalone and is part of the Falling series.  If you are a fan of the series, I highly recommend you read this. If you have not started this series, I highly recommend you read it.
I went into The Girl I was Before blindly. I didn’t read the blurb, I just knew it was Paige’s story.

Paige is Cass’ twin sister. Rowe is in the first book and Cass is in the second book. Paige is like Barbie. She’s blonde, pretty and is social. Usually these Heroines make me cringe, but I’ve invested into Paige since the first book and I was super curious to how Paige would redeem herself.

The first two books in the series follow the same time-line, HOWEVER The Girl I was Before is after the first two books. I really liked this and I’m glad Ginger went in this direction. Paige is known as the stuck up, self-centered, selfish, spoiled girl.  She’s upset with a lot in life, mostly because she has to deal with her sister’s illness.  She’s trying to change for the better, but it’s a slow process.

When the story starts, we see Paige the way she was in book one. She’s mean, spiteful and very calculating. She will hurt people to get her way and get ahead. Crazy as it sounds, I loved it. Paige is so complex, I just couldn’t get enough of her. Why is she the way she is? Why is she so mean? Does she have any feelings? To answer your question, yes, she does.

Paige has a lot of feelings. I loved reading her POV and I loved getting into her head. I completely clicked and related with her character. Way to go Ginger!

At first Houston seems like your typical college Hero. He works hard and he lives at home to help support his mother. He’s was slightly flirty when I read the little teaser from the second book.  So, I just had to sink my teeth into Houston when I started the book finally. I loved him from day one. He’s a good guy and he has a heart of gold. A complete opposite of Paige. Kind of ironic no?

Houston needs help with Spanish and Paige happens to be at the library while Houston is studying. She reluctantly helps him. The banter between Houston and Paige is off the charts cute, adorable and funny. I loved how rude Paige was and I love how awkward Houston was.

But not everything is what it seems right? Paige isn’t a nice person and Houston comes with baggage.  Houston doesn’t have time for a personal life, he’s too busy working and he’s focusing on school. Paige doesn’t want anything to do with Houston because well, for one, she has a boyfriend and another she has girl drama she has to deal with.

Somehow, they forge this crazy bond and it just worked for me.  I enjoyed this book so much because the characters are so complex and Ginger really pulled everything together nicely. I got the issues and I understood both sides (Houston and Paige’s). I felt for them and I was rooting for them both.

When you want something for someone else more than you want them to be here for you-when you just wish they had more time, rather than more time with you. I’m pretty sure that’s love

More stuff happens in the book and it was a delicious delight as I uncovered more and more. I
wouldn’t say this book is too angsty, which surprised me because that is what Ginger is known for, but it had that enough mild tension to keep you panting for more and happy.

It’s a coming-of-age college romance book that will pull at your heart and make you sigh in a very good way.

An ARC was provided

I was lucky to meet Ginger at the RT convention in Dallas. She's is incredibly sweet and generous.  I told her how excited I was for This is Falling in audio. I love meeting authors and it's extra special when they are humble and nice. More photos HERE 


This is Falling - AUDIO REVIEW
You and Everything After -
The Girl I was Before - AMAZON Google Play - Barnes and Noble - Kobo

Other Books by Ginger
How we Deal with Gravity - REVIEW
Wild Reckless -

 Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of seven 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.

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.

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Signed Paperback of The Girl I was Before

I was lucky to meet Ginger at the RT Convention signing. I hadn't read The Girl I was Before yet and I wished I did, because it's fabulous! Ginger is so generous and really nice. She also has her books on audio and you really need to check them out (I did). Her books are about college romances and overcoming obstacles.
Full Giveaway List (9 Signed Prizes) HERE

**Terms and Conditions - Signed Paperback copy is a USA only giveaway. The ebook is open internationally and will be gifted by me.  The winner must be 18 years or older.  Winner will be drawn within two weeks of posting the giveaway.  The winner has 24 hours to respond to replied message.  The author nor I are responsible for lost or stolen item.  The winner is not allowed to follow-up if the prize is not received.  Full disclaimer - HERE


  1. I can't wait to read this! Thanks for the chance.

  2. so looking forward to this one, LOVE all of Ginger's books
    bertie welck

  3. I loved this book and love Ginger

  4. This is a book I would love to get my hands on!

  5. Congratulations on hitting 6000 likes ... glad I'm one of them! Excited to read this book. Thank you!

  6. This book looks like a very good read!

  7. This sounds so good.

  8. Yay, excited to read!!

  9. Tiffany Ann MastroJuly 19, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Love this series! Thanks for the chance

  10. Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance 💜

  12. Would love to read this. Thanks for the opportunity. =D

  13. Would love to read this. Thanks for the opportunity. =D

  14. This book sounds great! Thanks!

  15. Love your review. I haven't read this one yet, but it's def going to go on my to be read :)

  16. Great post and giveaway! I loved the first two books in the series (especially the first one ;) and would love to win a signed copy of this, thanks!

  17. The book sounds really good!

  18. Love, love, love Ginger Scott!

  19. Sounds great! Just added it to my TBR list. :)

  20. Congrats on 6000 likes and thanks for this awesome giveaway

  21. Congratulations on 62,000 likes, thanks so much for bringing a little of the event home to those of us who couldn't go. 💚

  22. The Girl I Was Before sounds truly amazing.

  23. awesome book -- have it on my TBR list - would be great to win a copy

  24. Oh my, I have to read this book. I have book 1 and am going to buy book 2 and this one. I know once I start Ill have to do a complete read through of these 3 books.

  25. Sounds like a sweet book to read and fall in-love. Would LOVE to win and read this book please.

  26. Thanks (comment by Kim Howlett)

  27. Posted by Lisa Right

  28. I have never read anything by,this author but this sounds really good! I'll have to try it

  29. Awesome giveaway. Thank you for the chance :)

  30. Thank you for the chance
    I love this cover!