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This Girl (Slammed #3) by Colleen Hoover

This Girl

“I don’t know how one minute, a person can think his life is nothing more than a barren valley with nothing left to look forward to. Then, in the blink of an eye, someone can come along and change it with a simple smile.”

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.

Personal Thoughts:

This Girl is the third and final installment to Colleen Hoover Slammed series, which basically tell Layken and Will’s journey in Slammed but this time in Will Cooper’s point of view and using a different approached. While Lake and Will spend their time together as a legal couple for the first time, Lake asked Will to tell her some of the things that happened in his past. From Will’s relationship with Vaughn, the first time he saw Lake, his parents and the devastating accident, up-to the last details of their bumpy relationship.

Even though that technically this third installment is just a retelling of some scenes from the first book, Slammed in Will’s point of view, there’s so much revelations and new information in the story. It is like deciphering the important events in Lake and Will’s life and rediscovering their love all over again. Some scenes and lines makes more sense than before. Like the reference of ocean in Will’s poem, The Lake, which actually symbolize Vaughn and her blue eyes. There’s also the revelation about Gavin knowing about Lake and Will first date and a lot more surprises that you won’t see coming for a retelling of the same story. It just proves how creative and talented Colleen Hoover is. She successfully weaved a new story together with her old one.

“I want to be your soulmate, even if I don’t believe in them.”

Lake and Will’s journey isn’t easy and as Will narrate his side of the story you will appreciate more of the things that happened in their lives — both the ups and downs. Your heart will surely melt for Will, and you will be surprised how selfless, considerate, and loving he is. Will’s point of view offers new insight and shed some lights about his previous decisions in some of the events happened in Slammed. There so much sacrifices, and so much heartaches he endured, all for the sake of what he thinks is the right thing to do. Hearing it directly from him add more impact and felt more real than ever. You will surely feel all his confusions, heartache, and torments while he tried to navigate his feelings for Lake and everything that is happening between them.

“I just wanna make sure that you don’t miss out on the things in life that are happening when you’re not thinking. Because believe me, those are the best things in life.”

There’s also some private moments between Will, Coulder, and Kel that we haven’t seen before. The interactions between these boys are fun to read. And there are some Will and Julia’s moments too, things that we don’t get from Lake’s point of view before.

“I didn’t even cry right away when I found out my parents died, but that’s not to say it wasn’t the worst moment in my life.”

Slammed series won’t be what it is without the poetry, and in this final installment, Colleen Hoover seems poured everything into Will’s poems. In here you’ll feel the lines and messages easily. All the pains, joy, hopes, and dreams were raw and visible through lines and rhymes. Will’s composition grew incredibly well from the first two books. There are few old poems from Slammed that becomes more meaningful and more emotional as you read because after knowing more of Will’s thoughts, it feels like you understand him more, and in returns makes his poems more powerful and meaningful. As for the new ones, those are the best. I particularly like “The Gift”, and I love the “The Final Piece”. I’ve re-read that one last poem a couple of times and I am completely awed. It so meaningful and fitting.

Colleen Hoover is really talented and this book proves how great she is as a writer. She perfected weaving a new story with her old one. Who would have thought that an old story can be told in a different light with more surprises and more emotions? For someone who don’t usually enjoy story with an obvious ending, I devoured reading this book.

This Girl shows that there’s always two sides to every story, and proves that there is always another way to look at things. Sometimes we need to see both angle in order to fully understand and appreciate the situation we are in.

* This review is based on an eBook I received courtesy of the publisher, Atria Books via NetGalley.

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