author: Colleen Hoover
released: April 30, 2013
format: e-arc, e-book, paperback, audiobook
pages: 256 pages
publisher: Atria Books
Read: June 8 & 10, 2013
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. (From Goodreads.com)
Why You Should Buy It
Just like the first book in this series, this book is quite amazing — Colleen Hoover knows just how to reel you in, rip your heart out, and give it back to you slowly, one page at a time. I have yet to read something by Hoover I haven’t immediately loved.
*I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of NetGalley*
I started looking at this series as a cherry pie. Slammed was the crust, Point of Retreat the filling, and this the whipped cream and cherry on top. In Slammed, we get the foundation of Will and Lake and the family they built. Point of Retreat is the filler, what makes their relationship cement from a romance to a family. And this book is the whipped cream — it isn’t nessecary, but it sure makes the pie worth it.
If Hoover had never released this book, the first two could have easily stood on their own. But in This Girl we get the rare opportunity to look back and see what life was like from Will’s point of view. We also get to see Lake and Will through their honeymoon and first days as husband and wife.
This Girl probably would have been better if I hadn’t just read the first two — as there were some obvious overlaps. But honestly, I didn’t care. And the best part had to be the epilogue and the final poem by Will. Seriously, that was the best of the series.
Four out of Five Stars