BOOK REVIEW | 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.”
Rowe Stanton was a teenager trying to overcome her past. Going to college seemed like the perfect place to start over and finally move on from a horrible tragedy that has consumed her. She didn’t want it to consume her any longer, so she took a chance, but the road wasn’t going to be easy.
I’m not going to give away what happened to Rowe, but I will say it’s something that would be difficult for anyone to go through and get over. It would require a lot of therapy to move forward and I personally would have a hard time trusting the world around me. This was true for Rowe as well, but she took a chance with herself and a young man named Nate Preeter.
Nate Preeter was a star baseball player and wanted by many of the girls attending McConnell University, but he became infatuated by Rowe when he bumped into her in the dorm hallway. He wanted to get to know her, so he made sure he could.
This book really explored the inner emotions of a girl who’s gone through something very tragic and how those feelings mix with her feelings for Nate. Sometimes they didn’t mix well. Sometimes they did. It just made their relationship that much more special. He was able to break through her concrete wall.
I think Rowe is an amazing character. Not only was she going through a lot of psychological issues, she was also transitioning into college life. That is hard in itself. Trying to acclimate into college life isn’t always easy, but Rowe was able to do it on top of everything else. Just barely.
As always, the best part is seeing another love story unfold. I’m a hopeless romantic and can’t get enough of love stories and truly enjoyed how Rowe and Nate’s relationship grew.
This Is Falling is one of those books you can’t put down. It keeps you wanting more. Fortunately, you will get more in Ginger Scott’s You and Everything After, which released this month. This book follows the character Ty Preeter, who’s Nate’s older brother. I just purchased this book and can’t wait to read it, especially if it’s anything like This Is Falling.
“I’m stuck between wanting to let go and wanting to honor everything he was to my life, wanting to prove that I was his until the very end.”
“Every little thing – sometimes the tiniest things – makes me love her more, and I’m in so deep now, I know I won’t make it back out whole.”
“You are the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing I think about at night. You are the face in all of my dreams and the smile I see when I close my eyes.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Scott 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.
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. Scott is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).
Publishing Company: Ginger Scott
Release Date: August 29, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance