Review + Giveaway: This is Falling by Ginger Scott

This is Falling by Ginger Scott

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.

Title: This is Falling
Author: Ginger Scott
Source: ARC from author
Publication date: August 29, 2014

I received This is Falling from Ginger Scott in exchange for an honest review.

I think I have a new favorite Ginger Scott book. This is Falling is at least right up there with Waiting on the Sidelines. Only 5% into the book, I knew I would be giving it five stars. I love Nate and Rowe and their relationship so, so much. This is a couple that has a lot of fun together. Their teasing and bantering and nicknames and pranks are fun to read about and left me smiling every time I put the book down.

This is Falling begins as Rowe leaves home in Arizona for college in Oklahoma. She’s spent the past two years in social isolation, recovering from a tragedy. She even left public school for homeschooling. Her PTSD is so bad that she hasn’t really been living, just existing, for her final two years of high school. It’s a surprise to everyone when she chooses a college so far away from home, but it turns out to be the perfect decision. It forces Rowe to interact with the world again, to move forward, and to gain her independence just like every other college freshman. The details of the events that led to her withdrawal from life are revealed slowly, and it’s not until she opens up to Nate that we learn everything that happened.

Rowe meets Nate on her first day at McConnell College, so it’s very early on in the book. (Maybe near that 5% point?) I love their first meeting. It really sets the tone for the development of their relationship. Meanwhile, Rowe is also dealing with all the other unfamiliar aspects of college: roommates, being away from home for the first time, and sharing a bathroom with an entire dorm floor.

Nate’s brother Ty and Rowe’s roommate Cass are secondary characters but they’re around a lot as the four spend a lot of time together — and they’re the focus of Ginger Scott’s next book! I’m really looking forward to reading more about Ty and Cass. We don’t get too much of their relationship during This is Falling, but there’s enough hints to know that their book will be just as much fun to read. Cass has a twin sister Paige, who also shares a room with Cass and Rowe, but she’s off doing her own thing (like joining a sorority) most of the time. Cass and Paige are very different, but in time, Rowe comes to appreciate Paige too.

My only complaint about Nate comes about halfway through, when he gets jealous. When he sees Rowe simply walking back from class with another guy, he gets irrational and stupid. I’m old enough that I don’t have much patience for that, although I don’t give Rowe a pass either. She provokes him by playing games and leading the other guy, who clearly has interest in her, on. How hard would it have been for her to tell him she had a boyfriend? Nate and Rowe haven’t exactly labeled their relationship at that point, and Rowe’s inexperience left her insecure, but it’s not like Nate was right there listening. Eventually, Rowe and Nate are able to move past that problem and face the others that lie ahead.

I expected to like This is Falling because I like baseball and Nate plays, but there really isn’t a lot of the sport in the book, and there’s not enough to hinder people who don’t like it. I’m giving away an ecopy of This is Falling. The winner must be able to accept an ebook from Amazon and reply to my email with 24 hours to confirm your email address. Enter below!

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Comments

  1. Oh, that poor girl! To have PTSD so bad that she had to pull away from the world–that’s harsh. But it certainly sets up an interesting conflict. Definitely sounds like an interesting couple!
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  2. This sounds like the sort of mixture of tragic and hopeful that I like. And I’m always looking for a good NA book anyway. This sounds really touching and enjoyable! I think I’ll have to get a copy for myself for sure 🙂
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  3. I haven’t read any of Ginger Scott’s books but this sounds really good. I’m curious about what happened to Rowe but this also sounds uplifting. I’m adding this to my TBR. This is a great review and thank you for the giveaway!
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  4. This sounds like a fun read!
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