Monday, June 22, 2015

Dare You to Move - Lori's Review of 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



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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.

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).

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @TheGingerScott

I've never met a book by Ginger Scott that I didn't love. I'm especially attached to this series because the Preeter Bros have a special place in my heart. While this book doesn't focus on the brothers, they still make appearances that make me remember why I fell in love with them in the first place. You can check out my review of THIS IS FALLING HERE, but for now let's talk Houston and Paige.

We first met Paige Owens back in This Is Falling. She started out as Rowe's roommate and wannabe rival for Nate Preeter's attention. Paige is not a nice person and isn't above playing dirty to get what she wants. In You and Everything After, we see a different side of Paige through the eyes of her twin sister, Cass. Paige is still a little hard to like and her choices leave much to be desired. By the time we get to The Girl I Was Before, Paige has painted herself in a corner. She has caused trouble for people she was supposed to be close to and has alienated herself from her friends and her family, which is about the time she meets Houston.

While Houston attends the same college as the rest of the gang, he still lives at home with his mother and works a couple of odd jobs to help pay the bills at home. Houston is the complete opposite of Paige's frat-boy boyfriend, but she can't seem to keep her distance. Even though she and Houston can't get along, there is an attraction that neither of them can ignore.

Paige spends much of this book attempting to atone for past sins. She hurt her sister, badly and is trying to make up for it. I guess I just don't understand Paige's thought processes and the way she chooses to 'make things right'. It's just not something my brain can grasp. Of course, I have a good 20 years on Paige and would have definitely handled things differently as an 18 year old then I would now.

Houston helps Paige be a better person. He knows that she can be a b!tch, but he also sees something good in her that has been long hidden. I love that he helps her find her true self buried beneath the layers and that he accepts the parts about her that are not so pretty. He has some not-so-attractive parts to his life as well and wonders if maybe Paige will be the one overlook them and just be with him.

Paige and Houston's story is a little non-conventional, but very enjoyable. Ms. Scott has a great 'voice', telling wonderful Young Adult stories for a slightly more mature audience. If you haven't read her yet, this is an excellent series to start with.

4 out of 5 stars

Switchfoot - Dare You to Move

Welcome to the fallout
Welcome to resistance
The tension is here
Tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be

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