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.
Oh, Ginger, you are good. I mean, I knew that, but TGIWB ju confirms it. This story is great; full of relatable characters, jus enough angst to skip heartbeats, and twists that the reader just doesn’t see coming.
So, Paige & Houston have met before, just in a “wow you’re cute from afar” kind of way. But after Houston witnesses Paige’s boyfriend act like a total douche (again), he finally says something; telling her she can do and deserves better. This is, of course, after Paige does something that monumentality changes her life, so maybe she’s actually listening…
These two dance around their growing attraction for a while, creating a wonderful tension that I enjoyed thoroughly. Neither Paige or Houston believes they are in a position to give in to their electrifying connection – each dealing with their own past and current personal road blocks.
Houston is so amazing! Chivalrous, sweet, hard working, smart, and sexy – what a package! He sees that Paige is in need and immediately jumps in to help. And thank goodnessgoodness! Poor paige has made some mistakes, but crap! She did not deserve half of what she got.
TGIWB is a great book that had me emotionally invested from beginning to end. Ginger Scott has solidified her spot on my Favorite Authors list.
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 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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