Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Review: THIS GIRL by Colleen Hoover

Slammed (Slammed, #1) This Girl (Slammed, #3) Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)
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
In honor of Lake, I have my own little poem done in her style that will tell you what I thought about this book ;)
According to the thesaurus...
and according to me...
there are over thirty different meanings and
substitutions for the word
Amazing, wonderful, stunning, spine-tingling, awesome, astounding,
awe-inspiring, fantastic, moving, incredible, ace,
extraordinary, breathtaking, heart-stirring,
astonishing, terrific, phenomenal, magnificent, stunning,
sigh-inducing, impressive, eye-opening, stupendous, mind-blowing,
marvelous, boss, beautiful, wonderful, incredible, spectacular.
And my personal favorite- special.
There have been a few authors lately who have rewritten books from a different character’s POV (usually the male’s POV) and I have read a few lately. I’m always excited to get my hands on these books, but something always leaves me wanting more. There have been a few that I’ve read that really just feel like the same story (Yes, I realize that, technically, it is) with a few pronouns switched around. And they definitely didn’t live up to my expectations. Those authors need to learn a thing or two from Mrs. Hoover, because THIS is how you retell a story from a different perspective and make it NEW and FRESH. At no point was I bored with this story (I’m not sure that would be possible at all with the Slammed Series anyway). At no point did anything feel redundant. At no point did I feel the need to skim past parts because “I already know what happens here.”  In a lot of ways, this felt like an entirely new story to me and I devoured it just as much, if not more than the other two books in this series. The way it was written was absolutely perfect. The idea to write it as if Will is reminiscing about the past and telling Lake a story was genius. By doing this, Colleen was able to give us both the past and present in this book, and the transition between the two was flawless. I didn’t realize until the end how much I missed the other characters, especially Kiersten, and would have loved for them to have a bigger role in the book, BUT I’m not complaining at all. The book is completely amazing and perfect as it is.

Julia, Julia, Julia. She kills me.


Julia makes me cry ugly tears. She did it in Slammed. She did it probably even more in Point of Retreat. And I foolishly thought that she was done. She couldn’t do any more damage, because after those letters, and the stars, I could handle anything, right? I was wrong. Julia turned me into a blubbering fool this time around as well and I. Love. Her. Besides Will and Lake, she is probably the most important character in this series and it would have been nothing without her. Through Will’s eyes, we got to see a more vulnerable side to her and it was just as heartbreaking as before and so beautiful.

I was extremely happy about the fact that we got a few new poems this time around. They were amazing, as always. Especially This Girl. This series would not be the same AT ALL without the poetry. It truly does add so much to this series. Thank you Colleen for not listening to that ridiculous suggestion that you remove the poetry from your books.

Here’s the point where I bring out my fangirl for the one and only Will Cooper.  I cannot get enough of Will. He is incredible. He is perfect. He is my ultimate book boyfriend. I love him like nothing else. Of course when I first heard about THIS GIRL and it being in Mr. Cooper’s POV, I was excited. Colleen and Will completely exceeded my expectations with this book and blew me away. I have just about the entire book highlighted on my Kindle because every single word or thought from him either made me sigh, laugh, or cry. As much as I adore Slammed and Point of Retreat, seeing things through Will’s eyes in this book added an entirely different layer  of wonderful to this series. The Lake, a poem that will writes for Lake  in Slammed, is a favorite of mine and in THIS GIRL, that poem was given new meaning for me. I didn’t think this series could get any better. I stand corrected. Colleen took amazing and kicked it up about five notches with this book.

I am so very sad to be saying goodbye to this series and the characters that I have come to love. They will always hold a very special place in my heart as their story has become my absolute favorite. As much as I wish this series could continue forever, Colleen has ended it perfectly and beautifully. As for Colleen Hoover—she is a genius and such an incredible author. I have loved everything she has written and will continue to buy her books until the day she decides to stop writing. Obviously I recommend this book and the entire Slammed series! All three books are butterflying incredible!

"I don't think I ever told you, but when you kissed me on the forehead that day it was the best kiss I'd ever had. Up to that point, anyway."
Oh. My. God. That is the hottest damn southern impression I've ever heard. And that smile. And that nervous laughter. Everything she does pierces my heart. It's all I can do to stop myself from grabbing her face and kissing the hell out of her right here and now. Looking down at her, watching her laugh... God, I've never wanted to kiss a girl so bad in my entire life.
The sight of her paralyzes me. I'm pretty sure I forgot how to breathe. I'm pretty sure I'm about to die.
"My suck," she says "is that I seem to be the only person in this room aware of the importance of sex education. My sweet is that a few months from now, thanks to Gavin's inability to wait for his honeymoon, I'll have a steady job babysitting."
Reviewed by Brittany xo
About the Author:
Colleen Hoover
I love music. LOVE music. Namely The Avett Brothers, Lumineers, Pink, Eminem. I have eclectic taste? If you have any recommendations, send them my way!

I'm addicted to diet pepsi and could tell you in a taste-test which restaurant it came from. It's a serious addiction, I tell you.

I get stoked whenever I get a message from goodreads saying I have a new friend request me, dangit!

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