“5 stars in my opinion does not do this book justice. I sat down with this book late last night and finished it today. Colleen Hoover is a genius!! The way it is written in Wills perspective but you aren't just re-reading the story was so awesome. To know how he was feeling in those moments and...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Have to say the Epilogue is the best part of "This Girl" - even though Hoover rehashed the first 2 books in the series just to give us this final chapter. I enjoyed the series, but RE-reading the same story from another perspective in a final book is a waste of reading time. In retrospect, I...”see full review » see other reviews »
“5 stars in my opinion does not do this book justice. I sat down with this book late last night and finished it today. Colleen Hoover is a genius!! The way it is written in Wills perspective but you aren't just re-reading the story was so awesome. To know how he was feeling in those moments and then turn the page and know exactly what Lake was feeling all at the same time. I've read a lot of books over the past year but this series by far is one of the best! In this girl, you got to feel all the emotions of Slammed and Point of Retreat. What an wonderful book!!!!!!!!”Jammie@2Bookaholics wrote this review Tuesday, November 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
You probably know my addiction to Collen Hoover. I discovered her books this past January and fell head over heels in love with her writing. SLAMMED, the first book in this series, really touched my heart and dragged all the ugly tears out of me. So I was extremely excited to read THIS GIRL.
I have to say that although it was an enjoyable read, and we got bits and pieces of new mixed in with the old, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. There was some rehashing of events, and although it was nice to finally see Will’s POV, for the most part those thoughts and feelings were pretty well understood even just seeing the story from Layken’s POV before.
What I loved was seeing the dynamics between all the characters now that Will and Layken are married. How their little brothers have to deal with their displays of affection. How they have to function as a married couple…and the epilogue was great! Yeah, I teared up.
Still, THIS GIRL packs an emotional punch and the depth of love between these characters touches my heart. That of course along with the slam poetry.
I will miss this butterflying awesome series.
“Really enjoyed Will's POV I would have given it a 5 but I felt like after the two books before I already knew the story so it seemed like I was reading the same thing all over again. Still a good read though so it gets 4 from me! I love Colleen Hoover and will read anything she writes she never lets me down!”Teri E wrote this review Friday, August 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Three Stars: A retelling from Will's point of view that reads like a highlight reel.
For Will and Layken, they finally have their happily ever after. They survived all the heartache and turmoil over the last few years, and now they are ready to start their married life together. After plenty of sizzling and steamy intimate moments, the couple reflects back on how they came to be as Will shares with Layken his perspective and feelings on everything that happened, from the moment they met, all the pain and suffering, and foremost his immediate attraction and undying love for her. Through Will's eyes, relive all that you loved in Slammed and Point of Retreat.
What I Liked:
*Before I start this review, I have a confession. I did not read the first two books before jumping into this one. I can hear many of you gasping, how could I read this book without taking the appropriate journey? *Shrugs* What can I say, I like to color outside the lines every once in awhile. I had every intention of reading the other books but I ran short on time. I figured that reading through Will's point of view would be just as good, and it was and wasn't. I did love the story and the journey. I appreciated that I was able to skip all the gut wrenching drama as I knew that everything worked out since the two are married and this book is a series of flashbacks. Even though it was cheating, I liked that I knew there was a happily ever after. I was glad that I could jump in with this third book and not feel lost.
*Once again, I was impressed by Ms. Hoover's writing. She knows how to write romances that tug at your heartstrings and make you feel. There are plenty of beautiful passages in this one that cover attraction, love, pain, loss and overcoming the past. If you are a fan of emotional books you will enjoy this book and series.
My favorite portions of the book dealt with the poetry that Will and Lake composed for their slam sessions. Basically, they went to a club that had impromptu poetry performances. Some of the pieces in the book were absolutely amazing!
*I enjoyed the bits of humor sprinkled throughout. Most of the funny parts surrounded Will and Layken's younger brothers Caulder and Kel. The dialogue between Kel and Will on why Will would likely not like Layken is priceless. It made me chuckle!
*Finally, I liked the Epilogue down the road. It was touching, poignant and beautiful. I would say that if you are fan of this series you need to read it for that last scene.
And The Not So Much:
*Perhaps I am becoming a bit desensitized to these emotional, dramatic New Adult reads because this one failed to really grab me. I don't know if it is that I am overexposed to these type of books or if it was because I didn't take the proper journey, but in the end, I felt like this book lacked a bit of something. Even though I have not read the other two books, this book was nothing more than a highlight reel. Will basically reflects back and shares his point of view on all the events that the couple endured before they got their happily ever after. There wasn't a lot of depth and it felt hurried and glossed over. Again, if you are a fan of the series, you will likely get more out of this book than I did.
*I thought the whole drama over why the couple couldn't be together was a bit much. Sure there were some difficulties, but the way they carried on you would think it was the end of the world because circumstances wouldn't allow them to date for six whole months. Even though it would be hard, I don't think waiting a few months is the end of the world. I didn't really feel their pain. I kept thinking of couples who overcome real obstacles to be together like being separated by military service for months and months or living in two different states. Even though they couldn't date in public they lived across the street from each other. The whole conflict was a lot buildup over something that wasn't a big deal.
*I was put off by a scene in the present day where Layken, while on her honeymoon, actually picks a fight with Will and gets overly jealous when he recounts his one time date with a girl that his friends set him up with. Layken totally flies off the handle and I couldn't help but thinking, really? After everything you went through you are getting mad over this date that really didn't matter in the scheme of things. I just thought it was pathetic that during her weekend of happiness she decided to behave in such a ridiculous manner.
*I am not sure that I am a fan of these retellings from a different point of view. While I do enjoy getting inside the other character's head, reliving the same events from the previous books doesn't provide for much development. I don't have time to read the same thing again, I want new and original.
This Girl was a nice read and I enjoyed that I was able to skip beyond all the heavy drama and see the happy couple down the road as they relived the burdens of their past. It reads like a highlight reel where you see the big moments from the first two books through Will's eyes. This book has some beautiful moments, but I felt it didn't quite deliver on the same emotional level as some of Ms. Hoover's other books. If you are a big fan of the series, I am sure this will be a winner for you, but for me it was just average.
"They haven't been for a while. It takes time, but it's starting to make sense. I still miss them every time I take a breath. Their absence will never go unnoticed. But every smile on your face seems to replace A memory I'd rather not hold. Each time you laugh, it fills a void. Each kiss heals another wound in my soul. If my dad were here, he'd be sitting with you. He'd be hugging you...saying thank you. Thank you for saving my boy. Thanks you for brining light to his world.
"Sometimes two people need to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together."
"I can't help but think back on these past two years and all we've been through. The heartache we had to endure to get here and the tears we've all shed in the process. 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."
"Nothing can explain the moment wen the woman you would give your life for sees her daughter for the very first time."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
Posted@Rainy Day Ramblings.
“Have to say the Epilogue is the best part of "This Girl" - even though Hoover rehashed the first 2 books in the series just to give us this final chapter. I enjoyed the series, but RE-reading the same story from another perspective in a final book is a waste of reading time. In retrospect, I would've skipped the first 2 and just read this one.”Chicken Lit wrote this review Sunday, August 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not my favorite- didn't really add to the story much”Lindsay R wrote this review Saturday, August 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"This Girl" is the latest installment of the bestselling Slammed series, a YA set of stories that have been extremely successful, they offer the author's fans love, passion and heartache combined with some excellent poetry.
We meet Will Cooper a high school teacher, caring for his younger brother since their parents untimely deaths. With the added responsibility of caring for his younger brother, Will has doubled up on his own course load and is working as a student teacher at a high school. He's fighting off depression due to his parents' deaths and the fact that his current girlfriend doesn't want the responsibility of caring for a child - Will's brother, so she moves out.
The novel moves at a slow pace as a new neighbor moves in across the street.
The family consists of a mother, a young woman and a boy the same age as Will's brother.
Through the course of things Will asks the girl on a date and brings her to a poetry slam where he performs one of his poems.
Everything seems leading to a course of Will and the neighbor becoming a permanent couple when he sees her at his high school and learns that she will be taking his class in poetry.
Even with strong feelings toward each other, Will understands that it is inappropropriate for a teacher to date one of his students and a dilemma occurs.
A very enjoyable novel where the story is told from Will's point of view. The characters are enjoyable and the plotting well done.
“This Girl is told from Will’s perspective and basically it’s the story in Slammed but now not told by Layken but told through Will’s eyes and feelings. It was not bad but the overall feeling reading this was actually that I read that already. I was touched, however, by the slam at the end of the book and where Julia was mentioned.. ”Inge wrote this review Friday, July 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“sweet”Treesa binny wrote this review Sunday, June 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Well, just rip my heart out, make me sigh, make me cry, make my heart melt, make me laugh with glee and a good fist pump, then finish me off with the perfect HEA!! This Girl is told from Will's point of view, and, quite frankly, he's the kind of guy you want your daughter to meet, maybe AFTER she graduates...
Colleen Hoover can write beautiful, heartfelt prose that crawls under your skin and sits there, all warm and fuzzy. Even when her characters KNOW they are in the wrong, you have to love them. You have to disconnect your reality check button and feel the love, feel the drama, feel the pain as told through Will's eyes and heart.
Romance at its finest in our crazy world.
An ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Atria Books in exchange for my honest review.
Publication Date: August 13, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Series: Slammed, #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendations: New Adult, Adult
My Rating: 5 stars
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