Review: Falling #1, This is Falling by Ginger Scott

22756190Blurb from Goodreads

First, I had to remember how to breathe. Then, I had to learn how to survive. Two years, three months and sixteen days had passed since I was the Rowe Stanton from before, since tragedy stole my youth and my heart went along with it.

When I left for college, I put a thousand miles between my future and my past. I’d made a choice—I was going to cross back to the other side, to live with the living. I just didn’t know how.

And then I met Nate Preeter.

An All-American baseball player, Nate wasn’t supposed to notice a ghost-of-a-girl like me. But he did. He shouldn’t want to know my name. But he did. And when he learned my secret and saw the scars it left behind, he was supposed to run. But he didn’t.

My heart was dead, and I was never supposed to belong to anyone. But Nate Preeter had me feeling, and he made me want to be his. He showed me everything I was missing.

And then he showed me how to fall.

*This is a standalone in a three-part series that will focus on different characters. Each book can be read on its own.

Kindle edition, 281 pages
Published August 29th 2014
edition language: English
series: Falling
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

This is Falling is my second Ginger Scott book. And I have to say that I love it much more than Waiting on The Sidelines. I love Rowe and Nate story, though I have to say that it’s also like typical NA story I’ve read. But still I enjoyed it very much.

Rowe story is so heartbreaking. Reading it, mostly in first part of the book was breaking my heart. It’s been a while since I read a heartbreaking NA story and her story got me since the first chapter. I can’t imagine what she had been through yet at the same time I can feel her feelings well. The way she tells her story is so raw and clear. I got to see her fear vividly. Her anxious and panic attacks feel real. Everything feels real. I’m so sad for her and also proud of her because I think she’s so brave. She’s so brave to try to move on while at the same time she’s also so afraid to do it. She conquers her fear one at each time and slowly so that I can see her changes throughout the story.

Nate, as her love interest is just so damn perfect, though he also made me think too perfect to be true. Everything in him takes the swoon worthy hero in NA books to the next level. Scratch that. I do have something that I didn’t quite like from him. But he’s so persistent and never gives her up but he’s also willing to take a risk to make her happy and feel better. And it made me sad for him and yet I can’t help not to fall for him too.

And other characters, I couldn’t ask for more. Every single one of them is perfect. I love Ty. He’s so funny and has a big heart, though I can feel that he’s trying to hide it. Cass is so different from Rowe yet she’s perfect for her. Their relationship is so sweet. I was thinking to write Ms. Scott a letter to ask her for their story. And when I came to the last page of Rowe and Nate story to see that there is a sneak peak of Ty and Cass story, I’m so happy I can’t wait to read their full story. And Paige, I have so much to say about her, more than her sister, Cass, actually. At first, I wasn’t a fan of her and was quite mad at Rowe because she’s so judgmental to her. And kinda annoyed that Ms. Scott wrote her so cliché and predictable. I mean there are a lot of characters who similar to her YA/NA books I’ve read. Let’s say I want to read something else, a different character, not a predictable cliché kind of character, though she’s just a secondary character. And then, she surprised me. As Rowe said, she has so much more in her. And I love her for that because at the same time, she’s still the same Paige I read in first few chapters.

The story is so engaging and a page-turner I feel like can’t stop reading it, even when I have to. And the pace is spot on. Ms. Scott surely can put perfect time for me to feel sad, happy, and laugh with the characters. And when I finally come to the last page, I’m not ready to say goodbye to the characters. So happy I’ll meet Ty and Cass soon and hopefully I can still meet Nate and Rowe and Paige too.

Result: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Review: Waiting on the Sidelines by Ginger Scott

18807019Blurb from Goodreads

Nolan Lennox had things figured out. Named after a baseball legend, she enjoyed being the Tomboy, her closet filled with her brother’s hand-me-downs, cut-off jeans and soccer shorts. But when her first trip to high school results in a broken heart from the first boy to ever make her heart flutter and cruel words from an older girl she once thought a family friend, Nolan starts to question the very person she thought she was and wonders if her humble upbringing can compete with the afforded luxuries of her privileged peers.

Throughout the next four years, Nolan struggles to maintain herself throughout her path of discovery, learning just how cruel teenagers can be through the pressures of underage drinking, sexuality and class. And despite how life seems to continue to work against her, she still manages to listen to her heart, falling deeper and deeper for the guy the entire town adores, even if he only sees her as a friend. Can Nolan strike a compromise between her own integrity and the boy she loves? And can she make him notice her before it’s too late?

Reed Johnson came to Coolidge High School with a lot of fanfare. The son of a hometown football legend and the brother of a local football hero, Reed wore all the pressures of carrying a town without hope into the spotlight. Thankfully, he had the talent to back it up. But when he meets a girl who makes him think twice about exactly what being a hero means, he starts to wonder if following in his brother’s footsteps might be all wrong.

Nolan Lennox was everything that was opposite of expected. She didn’t flirt, she didn’t drink and she didn’t sleep around. Nothing about her was easy, but something about her made Reed want to try harder. Though she didn’t look the part, she seemed to be spending a lot of time in Reed’s thoughts, and he wondered if she could be the one who made it all worthwhile. But could Reed handle letting her down? And would breaking her heart break him beyond repair?

Waiting on the Sidelines explores young love to its fullest, exposing how real young heartbreak and passion is and how important it is to discover yourself and hold onto your own identity. The story follows two young characters as they deal with mature situations, including the prevalence of bullying and promiscuity in today’s high school setting. Ultimately, Waiting on the Sidelines is a story of hope, honesty and those powerful, first true loves—the ones worth holding onto at any cost.

ebook, 335 pages
Published November 13th 2013 by Ginger Scott
edition language: English
series: Waiting on the Sidelines
genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
So, this book has a very long blurb. I don’t quite like long blurb, especially the one that seems to tell the whole story. I ended up with this book because my friends have it and I read one paragraph that was quite interesting, without even realized that it still has 4 more long paragraphs in the blurb. At the time, I’ve made my mind to read it.

Then I realized that it has long pages. I think it’s quite long for YA contemporary I used to read. And when I read that Nolan Lennox, the main character, is barely 15 years old, I was wondering what could be told in 300 more pages from a freshman high school student. That was when I started thinking that it might be Nolan story for her entire high school life. And yes, it turns out to be a four year life story. Nolan story from her barely 15 years old freshman year in high school to the beginning of her freshman year in college. That long!

Actually I like Nolan voice, the author surely can write well. Nolan POV is vivid and can make me connect and feel like I was there with her. However I also didn’t like the way she describes everything in such detail.

“My eyes lit up, my eyebrows raised and I cupped my hand over my mouth, muffling my next words a little.”

I don’t think I ever read facial expression this detail. She also likes to describe unnecessary stuff to me.

“I dipped my toothbrush under the water and loaded it with toothpaste and began to brush. Looking in the mirror I noticed one of my eyebrows was curled straight up. “

I surely know how to brush my teeth, by the way. And she even good at guessing of what people think from their expression without them telling her.

“He held my gaze, willing me to look at him. He wanted to make it ok, and he wasn’t going to let me go without making it so.”

Well…it might be just me, though, since I’m not good at guessing of what on people mind. And here is another example of her word that I just couldn’t understand.

“Come on, give me some credit,” I could hear his eyes rolling.

Hmm…can you tell me what exactly eyes rolling sounds?

Nolan can be very descriptive and detail about everything and nothing, but she can also vague with the way she talks. I think it makes the story dragged and sometimes sound weird and too much for me.

And then, there’s first love never die kind of thing. Nolan loves Reed for forever but of course they can’t have it easily. There are always something bad that keep separate them. The thing is they keep hurting each other.

“Then, he looked directly at me, pausing for a second, his jaw hardening, and then reaching for her face, he pulled her into a deep, powerful kiss. He wanted me to see that! I was filled with rage. I tiptoed up to reach Tyler’s ear. “Hey, I think I’d like to go to your party. You wanna leave in a few to get there in time?” I gulped.”

At first I kind of understand it, they are young, impulsive and all but then it happens again and again I was bored and annoyed reading it.

“We were both working so hard to shock the other half into being the first to break. So damned proud and so damned stupid. We’re both cowards, I thought.”

Reed hurt Nolan so many times. I want her to just walk away from him. Show him that she can stay away from him, even when it’s hard for her. But one talk from him can make her forget that he screw up again and again.

Yes, I like drama and angst in the story but it’s just too much for me. I was wondering maybe it’s the way teenagers think and act these days, maybe I should read it with my teenager eyes and mind, maybe I’m too old for it or maybe it’s just not my kind of book.

Result: 2 out of 5 stars