Series: Slammed #3
Publisher: Atria Books
Date Published: April 30, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Description: 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.
I enjoyed both Slammed and Point of Retreat and basically anything else written my Colleen Hoover, so naturally I was super excited when I received this ARC through netgalley. This Girl is essentially a retelling of my favorite parts of Slammed, but from Will’s POV and with more details. I enjoyed the book and was instantly interested in knowing what Will was thinking during all the times he and Lake were fighting to stay away from one another during Lake’s senior year. I know it is definitely a trend lately for writer’s to retell a story from the male’s POV, but I am not sure if I am entirely sold on that idea. I mean, do not get me wrong, I enjoyed every minute of reading this book, but for me, some of the magic is lost as far as the love story aspect goes whenever I already know all the major plot points. Sometimes it feels like the writers are simply giving the readers what they want for sheer entertainment value (which I guess makes sense, since if we do not read for fun, what do we read for???) but at the same time I cannot say if This Girl was absolutely necessary for Lake and Will’s story to be complete. I do not think it was. I enjoyed it. At about 80 percent through the book, I was beginning to get worried that Ms. Hoover was not going to give me, as a reader, exactly what I wanted, but alas, have no fear, Ms. Hoover is one author who is completely, 100 percent trustworthy. I absolutely LOVED the ending.