Monday, June 22, 2015

BLOG TOUR FIVE STAR REVIEW... The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott + Giveaway

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.

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

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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Twitter: @TheGingerScott






This Book Nerd Says: 
I've been waiting for this book since I read This Is Falling (Falling Series #1)  &  You and Everything After (Falling Series #2) . In both of those reads and reviews I pointed out that Paige had intrigued me. She seemed to be so conflicted in her actions and so even when you weren't sure exactly how to feel about her, she made you want to get to know her because everything in those first two books seemed to scream that that she had a lot going on under the surface. 
The Girl I Was Before was just what I needed... Paige's story. 

"Nobody would ever guess how broken she is inside." 

Paige is everything I hoped she would be and then some. We knew her as the girl who at first gave Rowe a hard time in Falling, and we got more insight into her strained relationship with her twin sister Cass in YAEA; but in The Girl I Was Before we really get to know the true Paige and I'll be frank, I love Paige.
Her sassy, say it like it is, attitude is refreshing and truly makes her character stand out. More than that, Paige's heart is enormous. As we follow Paige's journey along the road to redemption and self reclamation, I found myself really understanding all her emotional struggle as her intentions are sometimes overwhelmed and lost in her actions. 
And then there's Houston. 

"Houston may be good with bad dreams, but I come bearing nightmares..."

Before I started this book I already felt bad for Houston. Why? Because he had to come in under the shadows of those Preeter brothers (**insert heart eyes and harp music**). But as Ginger Scott has proven several times over now, she knows how to write some of the best of the best book boyfriends, and Houston is definitely a top ranked one. 
I enjoyed his straightforward honesty as he balanced the life of a co-ed and the maturity and responsibility of someone who carried more responsibilities than most twenty one year old students have. It's his dedication to both parts of his life is what made him a standout feature. 

"I want to see that girl, more of that girl- the girl who rules the playground. This place needs her." 

Watching the development of the relationship between Houston and Paige was something very special. Now even though I loved Paige, this where Houston shines. He has the wisdom to see Paige for all the things she tries to keep hidden and his encouragement for her to reconnect her outer confidence with her inner confidence is what seals the deal. Houston makes it very easy to want to be his girl... and Paige is the girl he wants even when he doesn't want to want her. 
Houston is everything Paige needs, even if he's everything she never expected. And for someone who thinks everyone thinks of her as selfish, Paige's character evolves to show her willing to sacrifice what she wants and needs for something even greater. 

"With Houston, I'm me- I'm my flaws and my good stuff all at once.
 And he seems to want both parts." 

This is one of my favorite series and this book is just another example of why. Ginger Scott does something quite remarkable with these characters. She crafts them so that they feel real... they have real life flaws, real life problems, and their response to situations is spot on true New Adult maturity. Scott doesn't shy away from bringing real campus-life issues to the table in this addition. Adding in visits to beloved characters and introductions to some new faces was the icing on the cake. 

I always walk away from Scott's books with a heart swollen with feels and eyes wet with the mark of a fantastic love story. I'm not going to lie to you, when I finished this one I was more emotional than usual. As much as I looked forward to reading Paige's story, I hadn't prepared to say 'goodbye' to some of my favorite book besties and book boyfriends. So while I am 1000% happy with the ending of The Girl I Was Before... I'm really going to miss them all. I find a sliver of solace that maybe (just maybe) this will only be a goodbye for now. 

I'm giving The Girl I Was Before 5 Stars. 


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