Book Review May 16
This Girl (Slammed #3)
by: Colleen Hoover
★ ★ ★ ★ 4 StarsLayken 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.
*ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
This Girl isn’t your average retelling. Oh no, Colleen Hoover is far too magical for that. Instead it reminded me of those reality TV reunion shows where the entire cast gets together and watches snippets from the past season. This Girl features Lake and Will on their honeymoon while she asks him to relive their time together since meeting. The mixture of the past and present was amazing and I became a junkie needing more and more, especially of them in the present... on said honeymoon, need I say more!! You can only imagine what Will was really thinking in Slammed and Point of Retreat. Now that we get to relive it through his eyes, nothing compares.
“I’ve already got your future, now I want to get to know your past.”-Lake
I swear I spent most time swooning over Will all over again and making myself put down the book after each chapter because I never wanted it to end. He leaves nothing out. All their moments from good to bad are hashed out through Will’s eyes and you will love him more…
Words alone are not enough to convey the beauty and awesomeness that is This Girl. You think you know what to expect going in but there is nothing to compare to Will Cooper and being inside his brain.
One of the best things about the book was the return of so many great characters like Lakes mom Julia who still manages to leave some star advice years into their marriage. No surprise their, that woman is like a hovering angel. The kids really helped make Slammed and POR so special so even the little bit they were in the story made it more wonderful. When you hear how Kel tried to warn Will from dating Lake because of her selfish coffee habits and leaving her bras in his car I wanted to reach out and hug him. Also there was Gavin and Eddie as well as Kiersten’s ever-famous butterflying influence.
This Girl is all about Will’s falling in love with ‘This Girl,’ Layken. Nothing can compare to watching Will fall in love with His Girl and see how hard their entire situation was on him when he often times had to be the adult, when that was nowhere near what he wanted to do. Even greater was how close he became with Julia before even beginning a relationship with Lake. She may not have wanted to confide in him when she did but in the long run it helped Julia understand how much Will would be able to help Lake when the inevitable happened as well as give her someone ‘outside’ to talk to.
This Girl had it’s How I Met Your Mother feel where I could definitely see them sitting down with their kids and rehashing their tumultuous relationship with Kel and Caulder making sarcastic comments the whole time.
I’ll admit sometimes the insta-love stories bother me because nothing seems real, but with the entire Slammed series nothing feels more right. The connection Will and Lake share is not something that they can easily rush into, even though they wish they could. First his job gets in the way then its life stirring things up. In the end, after dealing with all this drama, the two are finally able to BE and all the time apart just proves how perfect and right they are together. The insta-love for these two was a lot like a spark that rather than dying out, continued to sizzle and flame until the heat is too much for either to resist.
The main thing that kept them separated was obviously Will’s job and at times even his behavior shadows him as a more adult man than his age portrays. Watching Will wish he had her name to look up her FB relationship status just proved what a genuine sweet guy he is.
What I really love about this book is how beautiful their love is. And believable too. Just think, if most couples sat down and hashed things out the way these two do from the beginning, there would be a lot less secrets and a lot more happy couples. I honestly don’t know how Layken doesn’t melt into a puddle as Will lays out his feelings and memories. It helps that now since they are married there are a few more Adult moments that occur if you catch my drift…
What I really hated about this book was seeing Will’s ex Vaughn through his eyes and how she literally crushed him. It’s really shocking that he was even with someone like her at all. But in the long run she did him a favor and he really lucked out. Reading about her betrayal brought on murderous thoughts because how could anyone be so cruel to Will Cooper. And seeing what both Lake and Will have to go through, with losing family and having to grow up so fast it makes you appreciate the moment and live in the now much more.
One of my favorite parts was the Christening “Our Driveway” scene. It was almost too cute how Will was all sentimental and Lake was just ready to go inside.
I must give props to Colleen Hoover because her writing is just magical. It’s like driving on the road to Awesome town all the while giving my butterflies butterflying butterflies lol…
Best overall thing about This Girl was the epilogue. I will give nothing away but let’s just say it ends with a bang and a slam, no pun intended…
This Girl was simply Mmm, mmm Good, a balm for the senses.