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.
When I first started reading this book it reminded me of the book Choosing You by Allie Everhart.
The concept of a female that is scared and in a new place and a hot guy that takes her under his wing. Now obviously they both go their different directions, but I really liked Choosing You. So if you haven’t read This is Falling, and you liked Choosing You then you will enjoy this book; and vice-versa.
We are introduced to our protagonist female, Rowe, who is from Arizona and lived through a tragic experiences. She has suffered with Post-Traumatic-Stress for the past two years, causing her to be home-schooled. She was barely living, but with the help of her parents and therapist she went to college. She picked McCollen University in Oklahoma. There she meets Nate Preetre. He is gorgeous (in her eyes) and scares the crap out of her. She is not ready for anything romantic, but she is trying to make friends.
Nate Preetre is from Louisiana, born and raised southern boy. After an accident that left his brother in a wheel chair he felt it was his duty to carry on his brothers dreams of playing college baseball. Nate is a catcher, and a darn good one. He chose to go to school in Oklahoma so he can be with his brother. He meets Rowe and immediately is captivated by her. His exact phrase is “She is my type.”
These two have a world wind relationship through their first semester together. Through the semester her and Nate’s relationship blooms (with the help of all their roommates). They each overcome their own personal struggles and help each other grow emotionally, socially, and athletically.
I am already a big fan of Ginger Scott’s some of her books are on my top 10 Must Read List and some I like, but not as much. This one falls in between. “This is Falling” I truly enjoyed. I think this story covers so many emotional levels. This isn’t about first loves, but it is about not giving up on who you want to be. There are people in our lives that come into it to help us become who we are supposed to be. I think that for Nate and Rowe they were each the person that the other one needed to get through some tough stuff. You can tell that Ginger Scott loved writing this. There was so much love for these two characters in between the lines of the pages. Also, it is a baseball based book, which if you know this author, she is a HUGE baseball fan.
I loved Rowe. She is the girl you just want to give a big hug to. She wants so bad to move on with her life, but is struggling. She wants to live again, but doesn’t know really how or what to do. Nate, Ty, Paige, and Cass all play a part in Rowe’s road to recovery. I love college stories, because unlike high school ones, it is about starting a new chapter in one’s life all on their own.
Should you read this book?
I think you should.
You will enjoy it.
It isn’t a YA Sports, but an NA Sports Romance.
Go for it, you will not be disappointed.
When I first read the synopsis about this book I knew it was something I wanted to read. I finally got the opportunity.
Avery’s struggles are real! Her ex-husband (the douchebag) left her. She was a single mom with a one-year-old that was given a diagnoses of something she had no clue about. She had her bestfriend and her father. There was no room for anyone or anything else to take up her time. She knew that the only person fighting for her son, would be her. So Mason showing up and reopening old wounds wasn't in Avery's plans. She had to many other things to deal with, then having to deal with her heart regarding the the one boy who truely broke her heart in high school.
The emotional, mental and physical effort it takes to go out in public and do ordinary things can be extremely difficult for any mom, but add having a child with special needs makes it excruciating. I give my heart to Avery when she was disturbing the fear and anxiety she was having when ever entering a new situation with Max or when he was having a melt down. The first chapter of the book I was crying. I mean like huge crocodile tears because of Avery struggling at the grocery store. I have seen those people and heard them. I used to be one, before I understood. Avery is such a strong women.
I loved how Max was into space. I love how Ginger Scott showed how easy it was for Max to pick up music. He has a photographic memory and his auditory skills carry over to that too. He was great. I have seen those people and heard them.
I am glad that Masons didn’t understand what Autism was and that he had to have it explained to him. There is SO much more to it, then what was described in the book. I loved that music was such a large part of this book; and, I mean not the pop stuff either. We had inspiration from Otis, Cash, and Stones. Got to love a book that knows good music.
Avery’s father, Ray, was the old wise man in the story. Almost like a fairy-god-mother that was keeping everything in order with the other characters. I truly enjoyed his loving rough exterior ways.
This book gives the readers highs and lows. It has such strong themes of personal strength, sacrifice, over coming ones fears, and autism awareness.
I am so grateful I finally read this book. It is something that was entertaining, heart pounding, inspiring and total swoon worthy. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.
If you haven’t read this book,YOU MUST!
Max is always telling me about gravity, and how it pulls two masses together. Gravity. That's what I'm feeling right now."
When I was a teenager my sister had her first son. He was the light of all our lives and I loved him. He was so smart and funny and adorable. Around two years old things felt off to my family. My sister took him in and he was diagnosed with autism at 2 ½. It was very difficult for everyone, especially my sister. She would cry at night and struggle during the day. She submersed herself into studying and reading about the disorder. She did everything, changed his diet, took him to all his therapies, and changed many other things in their lives to make his easier. Unlike Avery, in the story, my sister had her husband and all of us for help. We would try going to restaurants and he would have a melt down because of the noise. Life was difficult. That little boy is now going to be 12 years old. He is very high functioning. He has been taken off the Autism diagnoses, but he still has some social struggles. He is SO SMART! I mean the kid knows geography of the world like the back of his hand. He is into space and enjoys asking questions and is curious about everything. I love him so much.
Most people for their 21 birthday go party and drinking with their friends. On my 21 birthday my family and I went to an Autism fair in Southern California that they hold every year. I spent the day eating Gluten and Diary free cupcakes and playing games with my nephew. It was great. I will always remember that. I would haven't changed that experiences for anything.
Every April I promote Autism awareness month to help inform people of the reality of the diagnoses. I am going to put this book out there as a must read in April to help bring more knowledge and bits of reality regarding the struggles individuals and families go through.
Traci's Top NA Reads
1. Anywhere with You
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