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Published by Self Published on June 23rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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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.
The Girl I Was Before, in Five Words
Honesty. This is a story about not just telling the truth, but being honest with yourself, even when it goes against your grain.
Selflessness. Paige learns the ultimate lesson in her growth throughout the story. Being selfish is a lot easier than giving up your wants and desires to see someone else be happy and thrive. The concept at the heart of The Girl I Was Before is really rather simple—doing the right thing. Simple as it is, it’s still so very hard, and the struggle to do so is something we can all relate to in some place in our lives.
Bravery. Sometimes it’s scary to take a leap, especially if it’s a leap of the heart. Going into unknown territory, abandoning comfort—those are themes that play throughout this story.
Friendship. Paige learns the meaning of true friendship—and how friendship can be the ultimate foundation for true love, as well.
Change. This word in many ways defines the entire Falling Series. The shift that happens that first year of college is tremendous and powerful. This series chronicles that very important first year in the lives of six people, and more than anything, we get to see them change. They aren’t what they will be yet, but they are on their way.
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