There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.
Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache.
Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met. In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Atria Books
Three Stars: A retelling from Will's point of view that reads like a highlight reel.
For Will and Layken, they finally have their happily ever after. They survived all the heartache and turmoil over the last few years, and now they are ready to start their married life together. After plenty of sizzling and steamy intimate moments, the couple reflects back on how they came to be as Will shares with Layken his perspective and feelings on everything that happened, from the moment they met, all the pain and suffering, and foremost his immediate attraction and undying love for her. Through Will's eyes, relive all that you loved in Slammed and Point of Retreat.
What I Liked:
- Before I start this review, I have a confession. I did not read the first two books before jumping into this one. I can hear many of you gasping, how could I read this book without taking the appropriate journey? *Shrugs* What can I say, I like to color outside the lines every once in awhile. I had every intention of reading the other books but I ran short on time. I figured that reading through Will's point of view would be just as good, and it was and wasn't. I did love the story and the journey. I appreciated that I was able to skip all the gut wrenching drama as I knew that everything worked out since the two are married and this book is a series of flashbacks. Even though it was cheating, I liked that I knew there was a happily ever after. I was glad that I could jump in with this third book and not feel lost.
- Once again, I was impressed by Ms. Hoover's writing. She knows how to write romances that tug at your heartstrings and make you feel. There are plenty of beautiful passages in this one that cover attraction, love, pain, loss and overcoming the past. If you are a fan of emotional books you will enjoy this book and series.
- My favorite portions of the book dealt with the poetry that Will and Lake composed for their slam sessions. Basically, they went to a club that had impromptu poetry performances. Some of the pieces in the book were absolutely amazing!
- I enjoyed the bits of humor sprinkled throughout. Most of the funny parts surrounded Will and Layken's younger brothers Caulder and Kel. The dialogue between Kel and Will on why Will would likely not like Layken is priceless. It made me chuckle!
- Finally, I enjoyed the Epilogue down the road. It was touching, poignant and beautiful. I would say that if you are fan of this series you need to read it for that last scene.
And The Not So Much:
- Perhaps I am becoming a bit desensitized to these emotional, dramatic New Adult reads because this one failed to really grab me. I don't know if it is that I am overexposed to these type of books or if it was because I didn't take the proper journey, but in the end, I felt like this book lacked a bit of something. Even though I have not read the other two books, this book was nothing more than a highlight reel. Will basically reflects back and shares his point of view on all the events that the couple endured before they got their happily ever after. There wasn't a lot of depth and it felt hurried and glossed over. Again, if you are a fan of the series, you will likely get more out of this book than I did.
- I thought the whole drama over why the couple couldn't be together was a bit much. Sure there were some difficulties, but the way they carried on you would think it was the end of the world because circumstances wouldn't allow them to date for six whole months. Even though it would be hard, I don't think waiting a few months is the end of the world. I didn't really feel their pain. I kept thinking of couples who overcome real obstacles to be together like being separated by military service for months and months or living in two different states. Even though they couldn't date in public they lived across the street from each other. The whole conflict was a lot buildup over something that wasn't a big deal.
- I was put off by a scene in the present day where Layken, while on her honeymoon, actually picks a fight with Will and gets overly jealous when he recounts his one time date with a girl that his friends set him up with. Layken totally flies off the handle and I couldn't help but thinking, really? After everything you went through you are getting mad over this date that really didn't matter in the scheme of things. I just thought it was pathetic that during her weekend of happiness she decided to behave in such a ridiculous manner.
- I am not sure that I am a fan of these retellings from a different point of view. While I do enjoy getting inside the other character's head, reliving the same events from the previous books doesn't provide for much development. I don't have time to read the same thing again, I want new and original.
This Girl was a nice read and I enjoyed that I was able to skip beyond all the heavy drama and see the happy couple down the road as they relived the burdens of their past. It reads like a highlight reel where you see the big moments from the first two books through Will's eyes. This book has some beautiful moments, but I felt it didn't quite deliver on the same emotional level as some of Ms. Hoover's other books. If you are a big fan of the series, I am sure this will be a winner for you, but for me it was just average.
"They haven't been for a while. It takes time, but it's starting to make sense. I still miss them every time I take a breath. Their absence will never go unnoticed. But every smile on your face seems to replace A memory I'd rather not hold. Each time you laugh, it fills a void. Each kiss heals another wound in my soul. If my dad were here, he'd be sitting with you. He'd be hugging you...saying thank you. Thank you for saving my boy. Thanks you for brining light to his world.
"Sometimes two people need to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together."
"I can't help but think back on these past two years and all we've been through. The heartache we had to endure to get here and the tears we've all shed in the process. I don't know how one minute, a person can think his life is nothing more than a barren valley with nothing left to look forward to. Then, in the blink of an eye, someone can come along and change it with a simple smile."
"Nothing can explain the moment wen the woman you would give your life for sees her daughter for the very first time."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
Be sure to check out the first two books in the Slammed Series by Colleen Hoover.