Monday, July 15, 2013
This Girl by Colleen Hoover
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 hispoint of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series. (from Goodreads)
I had a whirlwind relationship with the Slammed trilogy. I immediately fell in love with Slammed when I read it on a flight home, and I immediately checked out Point of Retreat from the library. I got through that in about 24 hours and read This Girl in the span of one evening.
Simply, This Girl is the retelling of the Slammed from Will's point of view. I enjoyed it. It was nice to see the relationship between Julia and Will, which was unbeknownst to Lake. I also really liked knowing Will's thoughts on the unfolding events. We knew a lot from Slammed because he was always good about talking to Lake, but this book gave us more. Also, from a literary standpoint, I liked how the retelling was set in their honeymoon, as it allowed for Will and Lake to really get everything out on the table before starting their life together. This a cute, fast read and quite enjoyable if you enjoyed Slammed.
That being said, Slammed is still my favorite of the three by far. That book blew me away, while the Point of Retreat and This Girl were just entertaining. Maybe because Slammed had the most poetry? I think that's one reason. Anyway, I love these characters, but it is definitely time to let them go.