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The Girl I Was Before

(Falling #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  2,462 ratings  ·  250 reviews
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.
Published June 23rd 2015 by Ginger Scott - Little Miss Write
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May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

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‘Even the ugliest truth feels a whole lot better than carrying around the weight of lies.’

There is nothing better getting to that book in a series about the character you love to hate. Paige is that girl. She’s the girl who got under your skin. Who was shallow and made bad choices. Who could hurt peoples feelings and be a little heartless. I always get nervous reading these books. Because they can be amazing, or they can sort of flop. It all depends on the delivery. Ginger Scott
Jennifer Kyle
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-boyfriends
5 ”You can do better” Stars


Ginger Scott created an amazing character in Houston Orr. He's a college student/deli guy who was simply W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L! Paige is the ice queen, status seeker, horrible twin sister of Cass from the prior books of this series. I thought the author did a great job slowly but never fully transforming this bitchy blonde.

”She’s like this perfect blonde bombshell, but damn can she be mean.”

Paige is still in the midst of drama and never truly lets the world see her
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-read
"But thing is, with anyone else, you'd just be their girlfriend, and with me... you're kind of my world. "
"I came here ten months ago with a very concrete plan - I would be popular, part of the elite, dating the kind of guy that other girls envied me for. I got everything I wanted; yet nothing is quite like I thought it would be."
I admit, I was scared to start this one because truth be told, I hated Paige after book 1 & 2 and thought it would be very hard for the author to redeem
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


The Girl I Was Before, is the third and final book of the Falling series. And it's Paige's turn, a shallow, popularity hungry chick, who has had a tendency to grate my nerves. I'll be honest, I worried about the author's ability to make this character likeable. Kudos to Ginger, because while Paige did grow on me, she didn't have a completely ott personality makeover. She remained a little prickly around the edges, but managed to show a softer side.

With Houston, I'm me - I'm my flaws and my good
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

What a heartbreaking ride!!This is my first book of this series but I have read books from this author before and I love her writing so much!This book is full of emotions!I found myself feeling depressed and I wanted to cry in some parts. I was enthralled with the story and the characters, even thought I didn't like a lot Paige at the beginning.

Paige must take a decision..But it isn't easy..In a moment of her life which she feels unsure of what she must really do she will meet

Title: The Girl I Was Before
Series: Falling #3
Author: Ginger Scott
Release date: June 23, 2015
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

Based on my experience with this series in the past, I had high hopes for another spectacular read. But to be truthful, my resolution to start this was not firm. It was shaky, and wavering more by the minute because of the heroine. I was incredibly conflicted-was I setting myself up for failure knowing what an utter bitch this heroine was from the
Jacqueline's Reads
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 I’ve got a Crush on you Stars

This is an AUDIO Re-read < --- because its my favorite form of re-reading. The Girl I was Before just became Live on audio. I have been waiting MONTHS for this. I actually wanted to do the audio when I finished reading it. I love this book like mad.

FUN FACT < ---- The female and male audio narrators are a REAL LIFE couple. I know, I have mega heart eyes. It just makes listening to them even better right?!!!!

The Girl I was Before is a standalone and is part
3.5 STARS!

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

Having love the first book This is Falling in this series and meeting its endearing characters, I was really excited to be back on this bandwagon. When the author said she was writing a book about Paige, I was a little apprehensive on how it'll be written because for those who've read the series, you'll remember that Paige is well...let's say she's not the poster girl for your typical sweet
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Holy cow, this is book, I am in complete book love. First, I am a huge fan of Ginger Scott and I have loved this series, but this story – it’s just MORE!

Paige Owens is the girl we at first, loved to hate. She was mean, crass, and self-centered. I honestly, couldn’t stand her in This is Falling, but somewhere along the way she wormed her way into my heart. I was actually excited to read her story and from the very beginning I was impressed with her.

Paige is used to being the Queen B, the
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott is the third and final installment of the Falling Series. And in this last installment, Ginger Scott reminds us all that she has perfected writing the New Adult genre. Like always, Ms. Scott never fails in expressing pure raw emotions, vulnerabilities, and monumental moments in our lives.


I absolutely loved and adored this series and I couldn't wait for Paige's story. There was always
3.5 Stars
Love Ginger Scotts books. This book however I loved parts and didn't other parts. I knew going in Paige was going to be a tough one to love and now that it's over I'm sad to say I still don't love her. I didn't feel the connection between Houston and Paige at all. I did love Houston though! He was perfect.
I'm not going to review because I'm scared it will come out like I hated it when I didn't. I was just hoping to love it as much as I did the first book in this series.
I'm glad
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
"His name—Houston. God, I love his name. I might even love all of Texas now for giving it to him." I wanted Paige to find her HEA, I just never imagined it this way. Not that it's wrong, or right, but God it's beautiful. I was excited to read about Paige and her bad college sorority princess ways. What I got was a totally different kind of princess, a reforming one. One that was kind, yet revengeful. A girl that was about protecting the ones she loved, all the ones she loved, including a new ...more
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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5 "Be that girl." Stars

Ginger Scott captivates readers once again with another New Adult story perfectly expressing the triumphs and tribulations of falling in love at this vulnerable time in our lives. The Girl I Was Beofre hails as the third book in the Falling series. My recommendation would be to read the first two books first, if you don’t you’ll be spoiled to
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
The Girl I Was Before made me so emotional! There's just something about getting behind the scenes of the 'mean girl' and understanding why she had to put on such a brave face and act slightly bitchy to hide her soft heart.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I love Miss Scott works such as Hard Count and Waiting on Sideline. She has this wonderful talent to bring a new adult topic into life. Her characters are also relate able.

But for some reason the Falling series does not give me that satisfied feeling. Dont get me wrong, the characters are still wonderful. And Miss Scott talent in developing the characters into her story is still wonderful. But something is just off.

In The Girl I Was Before, I give 3 stars to Miss Scott to highlight the issue
Anne OK
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
Oh how I hate to see this amazing New Adult series come to an end. Each book has been such a treat to read and all the characters totally stole my heart in their own special way. From that very first encounter with Paige, I knew this girl had more to her than met the eye. She's a lot more than a pretty face and much deeper than her materialistic ways seem to represent. And Houston Orr? OMG -- he's the perfect book boyfriend! And he's so much more than the "sandwich guy" behind the deli counter. ...more
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*****5 stars*****
I loved this book!
It was by far my favorite in the series! Reading the first two books in this series we can't relate to Paige but in this story we finally get she is a complex, multilayered and strong woman, with her heart in the right place. And Houston Orr ..... is perfect. It's impossible to not fall in love with him!
Ginger Scott is becoming a auto-buy author for me and I recommend her books to everyone.
arc received via wordsmith publicity in return for an honest review.

I love love love this series. It's one of my favorite NA/college romance series. This one was no different and brought the feels. If you've read the other books, you know who Paige is. She was definitely not a favorite of mine. She was always bringing others down and too caught up in herself. She had her moments but they were few and far between.

In this book, Paige has a lot of growing up to do. Something happens where she
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 b!tchy sweet stars

This is my first Ginger Scott read and I'm happy to say that I will definitely be looking into her previous and future books.

Ms Scott really gives good BBF and had me laughing and "aww"ing at the adorable hero and his sweet, bumbly ways. Houston should be template 101 for how to write a funny, patient, persistent and heartbreaking beta hero and although his situation and background isn't really my usual taste in BBF material, the author still made him pull me into his cutie
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest, I have a bit of a girl crush on Ginger Scott! I love her writing so I wasn't surprised that I really enjoyed this one. I can't even say too much about it because it will be pretty spoiler-y. I will say that Houston was perfect and a total book boyfriend contender! Paige truly redeemed herself in this book, it takes a talented author to be able to turn a world class bitch into a relatable and worthy heroine, actually Paige turned out to be my favourite heroine out of the 3 Falling ...more
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: university, children
3.5 stars! ****

Books by Ginger Scott are so hard to review - at least to me. They are good, I like them but there's not much to say about them. It's like a one-night stand - you have it, you enjoy it, you have a great time and then don't really think about it again.

I've never experienced the "mindblown" moment, that would make me want to read it again and again. There was never the "OMG I love him/her/them together" moment. It's okay. It's good. But that's all.

I liked The Girl I Was Before the

I loved the first 2 books in the series and could wait for this final book. Paige is that character that you love to hate; so I was interested in how the author would make her a likable character. It's easy to like someone if you don't have any preconceived notions going into the book. But in a series like this, I already know Paige - or at least bits and pieces of her.

Ginger Scott did not disappoint.

Paige is confident, and bitchy, and has made some questionable choices.

But she's

I came here ten months ago with a very concrete plan - I would be popular, part of the elite, dating the kind of guy that other girls envied me for. I got everything I wanted; yet nothing is quite like I thought it would be.


A very pleasant surprise from Ginger Scott. To those who follow my reviews, you'd have noticed that I didn't have a great experience with my first Ginger Scott novel, Wild Reckless. I wasn't sure if I was going to read
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved the first book. Was a little bit disappointed with the second, but this third one blowed off all my expectations.
I really liked how it was focused of Paige and her path to self-growth and self-understanding. Romance is the obvious main part, but the center of the story is character development. Paige is an 18 year-old freshman with a lot of plans for her college experience and it all started crashing down in the first months. A lot of mistakes, confussion, wrong goals... A lot
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it


I really enjoyed this! I read the first in this series and liked it but I can't remember it and I never read the second one so I was worried that I wouldn't even like this one. I'm glad I was wrong! I was a tad confused because I couldn't, for the life of me, remember what happened to Paige's sister in the first book, and it's mentioned a lot, but it didn't ruin the story for me. I liked the story line and the characters. I loved Houston and Leah! I was shocked and didn't see some things
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, ibooks
To be honest I don't like Paige, really don't. BUT I'm curious to see how she redeems herself!

UPDATE: Ginger Scott can do no wrong!! Absolutely ended up loving The Girls I Was Before!!
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

3.5 Houston Loving Stars!

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy from Author and Wordsmith Publicity

I absolutely love this series and I did like this book but in the end Paige didn't fully win me over. With Paige it's more of a love hate relationship with her. I knew going in that I may not love her as she was quite the bitch in the last two books. Sure she had some good moments but her bitch moments outweighted her good moments.

I know we get to find out why Paige is the way she
Becky Frosco
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this so much more than I thought I would! In fact, I put off reading this for a whole now, since I hated Paige in the first two books of this series and didn't expect to find a connection to her at all. So this book REALLY took me by surprise!
Yes, Paige still seemed shallow at times. And yes, she was still a Barbie of sorts. But soon after starting this book, I realized that there was more to her than we got from the first two books. Did I think she deserved what she got? Yes! Did I
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***WARNING: Possible SPOILERS if you haven’t read the previous Novels of the Falling Series.***

“The Girl I Was Before” is the third installment of the Falling Series by the wonderful author Ginger Scott. As a huge fan of her novels, I tend to always expect amazing stories with feelgood,
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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling, Goodreads Choice Award and Rita award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, This Is Falling, Wild Reckless, The Hard Count, Cry Baby and Bred.

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,

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“I’ve learned that life twists and turns on you, that unexpected shit falls in your lap, and sometimes it’s a blessing and other times it’s your worst nightmare. Through all of that, I’ve learned that wasting time missing out on the things that really matter is just that—a waste of time.” 1 likes
“Paige needs someone who has a spotlight,” Cass starts. I feel Houston shift, and I keep my eyes at my drink. I should argue with her, be offended or defend myself. But the old me, the girl I was before, wouldn’t. She’d agree. “Paige” 0 likes
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