Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review: This Girl (Slammed #3) by Colleen Hoover

Title: This Girl (Slammed #3)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Published:  April 30, 2013
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My Rating:

Goodreads summary:
There are two sides to every love story.  Now hear Will's.

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.


Note:  This is a series not to be missed and most definitely to be read in order. I know some readers are starting with This Girl; but you really need Will and Layken’s whole story, as well as Layken’s POV, to truly experience every emotion and appreciate the hidden gems and all the revelations that This Girl has to offer.  After all, you really are going to want to know what 'basagna' is and what 'carving pumpkins' really means ;) *exits soapbox*


“I know in these moments, when it’s just her and me and nothing else,
 that she truly, soul-deep loves me.”

It crushes me to say goodbye to Will and Lake, but this has to be one of my most favorite farewells of all my books.  Their journey, the ending of the story, and the amazing epilogue are perfect.  Butterflying perfect. I loved Will’s POV in Point of Retreat; and This Girl, if at all possible, makes me adore Will Cooper even more.  It’s not just that we get Will’s side of the story of everything that happened in Slammed – it’s the way Colleen Hoover allows Will to tell it.

“‘I just want to know everything about you.  I’ve already got your future, now I want to get to know your past.’ 

I roll over onto my stomach and prop a pillow under my chin, and then begin to tell her my story.”

It is nothing short of beautiful.  The story is just so romantic and lovely; it warms my heart and makes my stomach flip-flop like a teenager in love.   Of course, there were tears – lots of tears.  This book gives you all the feels.

I was only four years old when my grandparents were killed in a tragic accident.  They say you don’t have many memories of being that young; but I will never, ever forget walking into my mother’s bedroom and seeing her sitting in her rocking chair, completely and utterly broken.  It is frozen in my mind.  When Will shares his story of the awful accident that robbed him of the people he loved most and changed his life forever, I sobbed, remembering my mom that day and also recognizing as an adult just how painful that must have been for her.

“These strong independent people I had admired and respected
 and thought the world of.  These people that could be broken by nothing.
 Yet, here they were. Broken and weak.  
The only thing that can break the unbreakable is the unthinkable.”

 The author wrote this moment beautifully and realistically.  Ms. Hoover elicits such emotion from me and also makes me feel as though I am right there with these characters, experiencing every heartache and every joy right along with them.

 “From this point on I’ll be able to do that for her. 
 Should there be any more burdens I’ll be able to carry them for her. 
 It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do for this girl since the moment
 I first laid eyes on her.”

It's very difficult to not write more because I could gush about this book and this series all day long.  I tried so hard to refrain from including my usual number of quotes – and believe me, there are so many I want to share – so I’m only going to allow one more in this review.  I truly believe every moment of this series needs to be experienced firsthand, word for word, line by line, one beautiful passage at a time.

I fell in love with Slammed, I fell even deeper with Point of Retreat, and This Girl?  Well, This Girl butterflying stole my heart and soul.  I’ll read anything Colleen Hoover writes – I am a forever fan.

“‘You want to know my sweet?’ I ask her. 
She nods. 
I kiss her on the forehead.
‘You.  Always you.’” 

The beautiful original covers I have in my collection
(and my personal favorites because I'm a sentimental mush):
Slammed (Slammed, #1)Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)

The gorgeous new covers
(which I'm ordering because I'm obsessed with this series and I'm a book hoarder):

Slammed (Slammed, #1)Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)This Girl (Slammed, #3)
(click on the above covers for more information)

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