- Published: 2013
- Number of pages: 306 pages
- Format: Epub
- File Size: 0.51 MB
- Authors: Colleen Hoover
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.
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-three novels, including It Ends with Us, All Your Perfects, Ugly Love, and Verity. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded a nonprofit called The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly book subscription service that has donated over $1,000,000 to various charities to date. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. For more information, please visit ColleenHoover.com.
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⭐ As I am reading this through in Will’s POV I am noticing Julia is being VERY selfish where Lake is concerned, and don’t get me wrong I understand where she is coming from she is dying and wants to spend as much time with her family as she can before she dies BUT knowing how Will AND Lake feel about one another and she has felt the need to guilt Will into staying away from Lake.It’s not right of her to do that to either one of them…granted Will has a great reason to stay away being her teacher and all but that still doesn’t give Julia a right to manipulate the situation to suit her own means no matter what is going on.With that being said I think in the situations Will was put in he did what he thought was right every time and I commend him for that even though it was hard sometimes and he made mistakes he always tried to fix what he fudged up.I do love how it flips between Will’s POV of Slammed and then to the present with the honeymoon. It reminds me of Remy by Katy Evans…like that book this one feels like its own book versus being the sam book only in a different POV. It makes it very easy to read but also a quick read. I have literally been devouring this book today when I get the chance to read without distraction.Reading the fight scene from Will’s POV makes everything even more intense with this scene, because he inadvertently did the right thing without knowing it. He was being completely selfless by telling his superior about the fight even though it could have meant his job. Even though he DIDN’T know that Javi was forcing himself on Lake he STILL went to his superior to turn himself in for what he thought happened when in actuality he was saving her.“He’s lying to both of you because he thinks you’re still nine years old. A honeymoon is when newlyweds have sex, traditionally for the first time. But in some cases,” she rolls her head toward Gavin, “people get ahead of themselves.”SO Kiersten I think is one of my favorite characters of all time! She cracks me up, and I kind of what to read more about her. (*hint, hint* to the author)After reading the last page of this story I am left wanting more of this series…I want to see Caulder and Kel as well as Kiersten. I want them to have their stories too BUT as much as I want them to have their stories and as much as I DON’T want this series to end…I absolutely LOVED how this series did end. I have been staying away from the Young Adult genre lately because honestly the way the books are written have been boring me lately but this series (I would definitely consider this a YA) was AMAZING! The issues the characters were faced with were REAL issues, things that can and DO happen every day, and that is one thing I absolutely love about Colleen Hoover’s writing…she writes about things that are believable. She also writes about things that others seem to shy away from and the emotions her writing evokes when you read her books is not only infuriating but it’s also the greatest gift that an author can give a reader. So as a reader I want to say thank you for writing such a great series.
⭐ I loved the first 2 Slammed books, but was somewhat disappointed in this last one. Why? Nothing really new happens (until the last 2 pages anyway). It is almost entirely a rehash of most of what happened in the first 2 books (the majority from book 1), only from Will’s point of view. Nothing was a big surprise for me. I kind of “got” the feelings they both had, so there weren’t any big, ohhh, so that’s what he was thinking there, moments. I really did love the first books so it wasn’t terrible to rehash everything that happened, it’s just that I read the books back to back to back, so everything was really fresh in my mind.I think I would have liked this more if it had been from Lake’s point of view (Slammed was my favorite of the series, and I relate more to female narrators, being a female). Another thing I would have liked would be flashbacks of something we really weren’t privy too, which was the majority of Julia’s illness, her hospital stay, how the relationship between Lake /Will and Lake/Julia and even Will/Julia was navigated while she was really sick.That being said, as a fan of the first 2 books it’s definitely worth reading this one, just don’t expect a ton of new developments until the very, very end.
⭐ After fabulous Slammed and Point of Retreat this was a must read for me! I was looking forward to spending some more time with Will, Layken and their family and I got exactly what I had expected. I laughed, I cried, I swooned. This Girl was superb conclusion to this amazing series and I loved it all!SPOILER-FREE REVIEWI am going to be short and sweet. There are no words to describe how perfect Will’s and Lake’s story is. You just have to experience it yourself. All those amazing reviews and rating of Slammed series talk for themselves and This Girl is no exception. This Girl reminded me of watching bonus materials on DVD of my favourite movie – you know what is about to happen, you know how it is going to end but you just cannot get enough and you want more, you want deeper insight into the story and characters. I simply loved it and was really glad that it didn’t feel repetitive.It was absolutely fantastic to relive one of my all time favourite stories from Will’s POV. He is great man, brother, boyfriend… And he is also believable character. I loved him in previous books and my love for him even grew in this book.I admire Colleen Hoover for creating such a adorable and lovable characters who will always have a special place in my heart and on my bookshelf. Will, Lake, Coulder, Kel… I love them all and I am sure I will be coming back to their story.Anyway, I cannot write much without giving spoilers. All I can say is that if you haven’t read this series yet, do so now. You won’t regret it. Slammed, Point of Retreat and This Girl are the best you can get when it comes to YA/NA contemporary romance. Freash ideas, unforgettable story, great writing. It is all there. You won’t be able to put it down. And when you finish it, you will never forget this powerful and emotional story!
⭐ Let me start off by saying that I loved the first two novels of the Slammed series, and I love the Slammed series as a whole. However, this third book just wasn’t quite as magical as the first two. This book is basically just a retelling of the first novel through Will’s point of view, as him and Layken look back on their relationship while on their honeymoon. While I did enjoy getting to get inside Will’s head a little bit on certain aspects of the story, I just didn’t think it was all necessary. Some stuff I could gather from the first novel anyway, so I didn’t really need to hear Will straight up say it again. I also felt like a lot of the novel was just Will going all ga-ga over Layken, which is sweet to an extent, but it got to be excessive. In this final book of the series, I would have much rather read about Layken and Will’s life as a married couple and seen how Kel and Caulder were doing, as well as Eddie and Gavin. The last little bit when Will and Layken return from their honeymoon is probably my favorite part, because I got to see their new life together as husband and wife, and check in on Eddie and Gavin and their story as well. So, I still gave this book 3 stars because I did still enjoy it and the little bits of new information that I got. I just really wish it hadn’t been solely a retelling because it just felt like rereading the first book. The epilogue was probably the most redeeming part and it melted my heart. I would have loved to see more of that type of thing in the novel and while it was satisfactory in a way, I wish I could have seen more of how Will and Layken would do after that new development in their life. So overall, it wasn’t my favorite ending book of a series, but it still had its redeeming qualities, and I loved the series as a whole so much that I think it helped balance out the last novel. I still love Colleen Hoover and plan on reading all of her other books.
⭐ Oh! My! God! Word cannot express how full my heart is after reading this book! Colleen Hoover has completely blown me away! I loved Slammed and Point of Retreat, but This Girl has by far surpassed any expectations I had for this series. Lake and Will are definitely up there with my list of favorite couples.Lake and Will have managed to move past all of the obstacles that had been in their way to their happily ever after. Now they are on their honeymoon, and Lake wants to hear their story from Will. She wants to know how he felt during when he first saw her, when he first kissed her, and through all of the heartache that they had to endure on the road to their forever.Will’s perspective of the entire story brought me to my knees. Will captured my heart and completely melted it. I was so captivated by hearing him describe every emotion and thought that went through his head. I can’t even describe how moving this book was. To read Will’s heartache and struggles with losing his parents and trying to reconcile he was doing the right thing for Lake by trying to keep themselves apart broke my heart. He then put my heart back together by describing how much he loved Lake and his family.As I’ve said before, with the recent emergence of books being written in the man’s POV, I keep thinking that I love them just a little bit more than from the girl’s. This book was no exception. Colleen Hoover has written a book that will touch your heart and soul on so many levels. If I could rate this book more than 5 stars, I would. It deserves so much more.
⭐ I’m glad I waited, over two years, to read his after the first two. Had I read it right away, I may not have enjoyed the retelling as much.One critique, though, that puzzled me in the original story, is his career as a teacher. Being a teacher myself, I have a really hard time with the legality and believability of it all. He wouldn’t be student teaching his own classroom. And i really doubt any 21 y/o is mature enough to professionally handle a classroom with friends and a love interest, even though his circumstances did force him to grow up quickly.And the timeline, too. They meet in mid-September. Maybe my memory is failing me, but doesn’t he mention he’s been teaching for about eight weeks? Is this school in session year round? And then they don’t speak for three months after the pumpkin carving evening, which we can assume is October, since they also talk about Halloween costumes. So is he graduating in January? That isn’t likely.Enough complaints, because I did enjoy this series, and the poetry, and being introduced to The Avett Brothers. I also love Colleen Hoover’s writing and story-telling style. Her work just gets better and better, and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!
⭐ I loved this book. You have to be a fan of the Slammed series to love this book. It appears that some were disappointed that they were getting the retelling of Slammed. For me, I didn’t mind. I really wanted to know what was going on in that head of Will’s anyway. The story focuses on the relationship between Will and Julia (Lake’s mother). It really shows the maturity of Will and I love how he really wanted to do what was best for Lake even though his emotions would get in the way. If you remember the second book, Lake and Will went through a lot especially learning how to be in a relationship with each other and dealing with the circumstances. It was nice to see them in a good space in Book 3. Also, some reviewers found Lake to act spoiled. She act spoiled in Slammed and Point of Retreat. I didn’t expect her to act so differently in This Girl. It’s easy to see Lake as spoiled because Will is so mature for his age and he deals with the situation he’s in such a mature way but readers forget that this is still all new to Lake and she is only 18 going through this. It took Will a few years to accept his situation. Lake is still learning to accept hers. Even towards the end, she kept referring to their home as his home and he corrected her several times by saying it’s not mine, it’s ours. This shows that Lake is still learning to accept her situation. As an adult I can’t imagine going through what Will and Lake went through. I definitely can’t imagine it at 18 years old. Lastly, there was an addition of 2 new poems and you get the back story of Will and Vaughn as well as the death of his parents and his handling of it all. Overall, it was a great story. I loved it and my favorite poem was “This Girl”. That poem pretty much says everything he needed to say about his feeling towards Lake and the role she played in his life. If you love Colleen Hoover books and the Slammed Series, you’ll love this book too. If you don’t want to read the retelling of the Slammed book then skip but at least read the sample, you may change your mind.
⭐ YEP! IT WAS AS AWESOME AS I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE!! BUTTERFLYING WONDERFUL!! 5+++ STARS!!!!I totally fell head over heels in love with Will and Layken last year when I read both Slammed and Point of Retreat in less than 24 hours! Yes, these books are THAT GOOD!! In fact I will go so far as to say this is one of my all time favorite series!What I loved most about This Girl is that it wasn’t necessary. What I mean by that is that the story concluded with a wonderful HEA in the previous book! This Girl is just proof that Colleen Hoover loves us and wants us to be insanely happy!!We find Will and Lake on their honeymoon, thoroughly enjoying themselves, and Lake begins to ask Will questions about his life before they met which leads to him giving his side of when they first met, which leads to her asking him to tell her about certain events that they experienced together. I think this is so beautiful. She wants to relive those beautiful some painful times through his eyes.I love stories like this because inevitably when reading an emotional story I always wonder “My God, why would he do that?” or “Wow, that must have broken his heart!” or things along those lines. So getting to feel what Will went through was amazing. I loved that this was not just the same story told from another POV but it’s own story with the characters reliving it through each other. And just when I thought I couldn’t love Will more he would go and say something like this….This girl completely shatters the window to my soul and crawls inside.orOut of all the reasons I can come up with for her to go, there’s only one reason I can come up with for her to stay. I love her.If you are a fan of this series, please don’t miss out on This Girl!! It is a beautiful way to wrap the series up and again I thank Colleen Hoover for loving us enough to give us more Will and Lake!!
⭐ ‘I know in these moments, when it’s just her and me and nothing else, that she truly, soul-deep loves me.’This book, THIS book. I loved this book! Having just read Slammed and Point of Retreat over the past few days, the story was still fresh in my mind and I loved reliving all of those important moments from Slammed through Will’s eyes. It was clever to pepper in bits from their honeymoon in with the recollection of all of those moments. I also loved that even though we were reliving all of these scenes we’ve already been through, the author still managed to surprise us with bits and pieces that we hadn’t seen yet. And some of these things were very important and put a whole new light on why things happened as they did. I also really liked seeing how Will struggled during that time when they couldn’t be together, in Slammed it almost seemed as if he were responsible to a fault and that it was almost easy for him to just do the right thing. We learn in this book that it wasn’t like that at all, seeing how tortured and desperate he was during that time and how thinly he held onto his control made their love story all that much deeper and complete. I loved the new slams we got in this book ‘This Girl’, ‘The Gift’ and ‘My Final Piece’ were just amazing and reliving their slams the night they finally confessed their feelings had my tearing up again. I have a whole new respect for poetry after reading these books, the poems throughout all three completely captivated me and totally enriched the story for me. And the epilogue, man I loved that epilogue. By the time I read that and got through ‘My Final Piece’ I was a blubbering mess. I fell in love with all of the characters in this series and while I am sad to see them go, I couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out for them and I am so glad to have been able to spend this last bit of time with them!
⭐ This Girl represents the end of the Slammed Series, and basically the HEA for Will and Lake. Now married and on their honeymoon, Will is retelling Lake his POV for the most important Slammed-scenes, with a few added bonuses.As was the case in Point of Retreat, part two of the Slammed series, I totally enjoyed reading everything from Will’s point of view. He is the perfect and too-good-to-be-true book boyfriend everyone wishes were real. However, I must admit it felt kind of boring to me hearing things from Will’s perspective. Okay, some parts were really swoonworthy, but I just felt I already knew most things: obviously I knew what was going to happen, but when Colleen Hoover described Will’s part of the story, with feelings and all, I felt like I already knew what Will felt at that moment. This may sound very weird to you, but I kid you not.However, and even if This Girl is mainly a re-written Slammed, you do get some added bonuses, as I mentioned: some extra info and details, although nothing too important to dramatically change the story. And the end was just the perfect ending for Lake and Will. But I actually felt sorry that it was indeed the end. I would have loved to have a continuation to these series, or perhaps a spin-off with Gavin and Eddie…And hey, Will and Lake are now MAR-RIED! Does that mean we’re talking business now? Like, real business? Nah, unfortunately, we will never get a steamy scene out of Colleen Hoover (only hints of it), but if she keeps writing the way she does, that’s fine by me.Looking forward to the next books!
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