I wanted to love This Girl, I’m a huge fan of Colleen Hoover. Hopeless and Slammed are two of my favourite contemporary books. But being honest, I’ve ended up being a bit disappointed with this book.
Series: Slammed #3
Published by Atria Books on 30 Apr 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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
It’s a retelling of Slammed from Will’s point of view and I don’t feel it had much to add to the series. It felt a little bit like listening to an irritating relative telling you a story they have already told you a dozen times. You want to say, I know all this but you have to listen and be polite.
However I love Colleen Hoover’s writing and her ability to capture all the feels and make me live through each one. This is good, solid, intense, emotional read but I miss the sucker punches that made Slammed so perfect.
Colleen is a master at creating sexual tension and this book is no different, you are always hanging on the edge just waiting for the explosion to happen. Will is an amazing character, totally swoon-worthy and far-too-good-to-be-real. That doesn’t bother me in the slightest, he makes a great book boyfriend, who needs reality rearing it’s ugly head in a book boyfriend!
The Slam Poetry is amazing as always, even the ones we already heard in previous books, it’s good to revisit them and see what exactly motivated them.
The last few pages were fun, we got a glimpse into the future for Will and Lake and it was great to see what happened next. My feeling when putting down the book was sad knowing this really is goodbye for this series and these cast of lovable characters that I enjoyed spending time with.
Recommended : If you are a die-hard fan of the Slammed series. If not, then I’m hesitant to recommend it to you. And if you haven’t read Slammed, what are you waiting for, go read it!
Thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Bookish Chat : How do you feel about re-tellings of a book from another POV, do they appeal to you or not? I can enjoy them but in this case I know how good this author is with curve balls in her plots and I feel cheated that we are not getting that here. What is your opinion on them?