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

My Thoughts

 

Amazing. An extended piece of poetry that is consumed
me from beginning to end.
Beautiful. Heartfelt. Sincere. Unfortgettable.
It was butterflying perfect!

6stars

Synopsis

THIS-GIRL1-673x1024Layken 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 fromhis point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

My Review

“I’m too far-gone. There’s no way I can stop myself from falling for this girl now.”

AMAZING. Easily one of my favorite books EVER. I laughed, I cried, I was filled with nostalgic emotion as my heart broke all over again with the struggles Will and Lake had to overcome. I felt giddy with happiness as I grinned widely and warmly at the numerous magical, poetic moments that make these books so special. This Girl completely exceeded my expectations. It was perfect.

This book is SO MUCH more than an alternate POV piece, it’s a look back in time while Will and Lake are on their honeymoon. It’s Lake’s attempt to understand how Will experienced those poignant moments in their lives… what he thought, what he felt.

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

I was incredibly taken with the intimacy I felt. It seemed like I was a part of this very personal conversation between lovers as they remembered the sweets and the sucks of the past two years. And then to experience what happened through Will’s eyes… it was completely fresh again. He’s so deep, passionate, loving, considerate and responsible for his young 21 years. The restraint and selflessness he exhibited time and time again made me love him even more. And I think that as Layken learned about Will’s feelings and thoughts, she fell a little deeper in love with him too.

“You do realize you are the most selfless person I know, right?”

It’s amazing to me that without re-reading Slammed and Point of Retreat, I was still quickly inundated with the all-consuming intensity of feeling and vivid memories of the past two books. It felt as if I had just experienced them yesterday… because I really think these books are not just reads… they truly an experience you feel to your heart and soul. I’m not sure why this series has always felt so special to me… I suppose it’s partly to my affinity to poetry (I started writing and publishing poetry very young myself), partly to the originality of the story and irrevocably because of the brilliant writing of Colleen Hoover. Her writing is not verbose, but is laced with a soulful, sincere emotion. She doesn’t say a word more than needed in order to convey intent or feeling.

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It was especially heartbreaking to read about the times Will and Lake spent apart when they were so in love with each other. The despondency and pain was palpable, jumping off the page to clench my heart. Despite knowing what happened, I found myself shouting at Will to just screw all responsibility and let it be!

“Sometimes people need to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together.”

And guess what?! There are new slams in the book! Admittedly, both the old and new slams made me tear up. To me, there is nothing as moving as emotion conveyed through poetry. It’s powerful. Visceral. The piece that Layken performed, called Schooled, is still one of my favorites, along with others like This Girl and Better Than Third.

And finally… the ending… the epilogue… absolutely butterflying perfect!!! It was bittersweet to finish the book. By the time the words THE END flashed on the screen, my eyes were blurry with tears and I couldn’t believe it was over. The last slam is simply beautiful. You will love it.

Because this book moved me so much, I had to pull out my rare 6 star rating! The book exemplifies why Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors… she’s a master at evoking feeling in really original, yet direct ways. This book read like an extended piece of poetry that is powerful, moving, original, romantic and absolutely unforgettable. I truly soul-deep love this entire series.

“I love you. I’ve loved you since the second I laid eyes on you and I haven’t stopped loving you for a second since.”

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Comments

  1. Cinthya Chacón Gómez says:

    I am reading This Girl now and so far is freaking perfect, Colleen Hoover is one of the most amazing authors ever, all of her books are instant favorites for me..
    And Will Cooper ***swoon <3

  2. Fab review! I can’t wait to get started!

  3. I tried commenting, something went wrong, sorry if it double posts!

    Loved the review. I can’t wait to get started on it.

  4. Like the sound of this book..Thanks for sharing it with all of us!!!

  5. I loved your review! I love all of Colleen’s books and I am about 40% in to This Girl and loving it too!! Thanks for sharing and the giveaway!

  6. Brandi S says:

    Great review!! Love the Slammed series 🙂

  7. Danielle Hoover says:

    I’m reading it right now and am absolutely BUTTERFLYINGLY in love!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to see what happens!!!! Colleen is a writing GENIUS!!!!!!!!! Here’s to one of my FAVORITIST (yes, I said it) authors EVER!!!!!!! <3

  8. Tatia White says:

    Can Will get anymore perfect? This is one of those series that you do cry over because it has ended. I hate it when they end! I have never connected so well with a book like I did Slammed and then you add POR to it and you fall even more in love with them all. This Girl was the perfect ending to it all. I can’t wait to get more from CH. she does no wrong in my book.

  9. Christy Coleman says:

    Just by reading your review it has my heart racing with feeling everything the characters are feeling. I just recently heard about this series and I am excited to get into it and love it just as much as everyone else!!

  10. Dawn Bush says:

    I cannot wait to read this!! Colleen is a superhero! A book writing superhero! Lol! Love her! N thanks for sharing this post!

  11. I cannot wait to read this!!!!! I’m going on a girls trip and plan to read this then so I have peace and wort and I can savor this!!!!! I dont want this to end

  12. Ashley Haszko says:

    Just finished this book yesterday and I cannot express how much I loved it!! The way the book was set-up was different than anything I have read lately, but it made feel what you were reading so much more. To see the emotions Will was feeling for Lake was amazing, but to be able to read her reaction to him retelling the story was even better! The new slams were also AMAZING!!

  13. Christie Jones says:

    I miss Will and Lake and can’t wait to read This Girl! Life needs to step aside for awhile so I can just relax and read 🙂 I butterflying love, love, love Colleen and everything she gives us in her writing!

  14. elena k says:

    loved your review!i cannot wait to read this

  15. eamarko31 says:

    I just started reading This Girl last night and after reading your review Vilma, think I need to take the day off from work and finish it now!!! But seriously, at only 22% in – I already know that I will love it. What a magical time it is when two people fall in love. Reading from Will’s POV takes me back to when my husband and I just met, always wondering what he was thinking when he looked at me that way – it makes me giddy just thinking about it. 🙂
    Wonderful writing Colleen – I truely enjoyed this series!!!

  16. Roxanne G says:

    Colleen Hoover writes nothing but awesomeness!! I love every one of her books and can’t wait to get to this one! Thanks Colleen for the opportunity to win Hopeless! And awesome Review, Vilma! 🙂

  17. Anna Wells says:

    I love your review and I absolutely LOVED This Girl along with the other two 🙂 I didn’t expect the majority of the book to be retold from Will’s POV but I loved it! This book def. left me happy in the end 🙂

  18. What an AMAZING review Vilma!! I couldnt agree more. These books are so special to me and I think a lot of people who read it. The new slams were perfect and Wills story was so tender. I fell in love with him even more!!!

  19. Great review! I love the Slammed series and Colleen Hoover. I can’t wait for Loosing Hope! Vilma, your blog rocks. Colleen Hoover is an amazing writer. She rocks too!!!

  20. almendra says:

    wuahhh … i love this author .. awesome review .. and with photos … ajaja .. i love the cover also… the book .. is soo sooo romantic .. i just love it .. what i can said ? i am wordless

  21. Debbie says:

    I stayed up until midnight waiting for this release and didn’t sleep until I was finished. I absolutely loved it. Now I want to go back and reread all of them. <3

  22. This series is on my TBR list, I am so behind. Slammed with be the next book I read! With all the great reviews, I’m sure I’ll love them!

  23. Lea Burn says:

    I cannot wait to read This GIrl!! I have to go buy it, as soon as possible! Love you review!!

  24. Lori S says:

    I just picked up slammed and point of retreat and plan to dig into them this weekend after I finish the book I’m reading now

  25. I finished this today and to butterflying amazing!

  26. I finished this today and its butterflying amazing

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  27. Amazing review!!! I cannot wait to read this book! I love Colleen Hoover & Slammed & Point of Retreat are favorites of mine.

  28. I can’t wait to read it! This would be the most amazing birthday present. We all can’t get a birthday message from David Gandy (like Miss Raine Mller — lol) It is right around the corner! Thanks for the amazeball review! ♥

    mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

  29. Alisa Kaminski says:

    This is on my TBR list. What a great Review. Colleen is becoming one of my favorite authors.

  30. Would love to thank Colleen Hoover for such amazing books!!! What great reading! Am currently reading This Girl and just love Wills POV! Such an amazing writer!

  31. Allie Mathews says:

    Omg I want this soooooo bad!!! I love Colleen Hoover and her work. She’s an amazing author. Thank you for this review!

  32. Beautiful review, I can’t wait to read!!!!! I so want a signed copy I just have on my kindle:):):)

  33. Aleksandra says:

    Great review! I ADORE Collen Hoover. Read all her books and all were 5stars <3

  34. Wonderful review! I loved, loved This Girl! The entire series is amazing and the ending was perfect! 🙂

  35. Kellee Fabre says:

    Such a great review <3

  36. Leslie C. says:

    I’ve read the first 2 books in this series & loved them! Can’t wait to read this one!

  37. jessiel62 says:

    What a beautiful post to read! I cannot wait to dive into this series. The reviews have been nothing but great!

  38. jessiel62 says:

    What a beautiful post to read! I cannot wait to dive into this series. The reviews have been nothing but great. Thank you for the giveaway!

  39. BEST.BOOK.EVER.

  40. The ending was perfect it gave me chills! I’m so sad the story is over I could read them forever.

  41. I’m dying to read this!

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