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
“So you keep your ocean, I’ll take the Lake”
Layken and Will have stood the test of time. They have overcome scenarios that no one would even want to be in but their love has come out the other side stronger than ever. Now on their honeymoon, Lake wants to know everything about Will, about his past and about theirs. Although Will would prefer not to rehash these painful memories, he cant resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to tell the story, his side of the story from his parents death to the very part of their marriage.
Will reveals intimate thoughts and feelings, retelling good and bad parts and sharing confessions that Lake never knew from the time they both first met.
So join Will and fall back in love with his versions of events.
I’d like to first start off and say, if you haven’t read Slammed and Point of Retreat yet…HOLY CRAP get to Amazon, 1-Click or order the book and get this series in your life right now. You will love every single character in this book; they will evoke all sorts of emotions from you, from tears, to laughter, to smiles to anger, you name it, this book has it. But it also makes you fall in love. Fall in love with the journey that all the characters go through – In both books now. You see that love and family and friendship can survive anything when you have each other to get you through painful and also happy scenarios.
Colleen Hoover is a god and This Girl is the perfect book to end the Slammed series. It isn’t just a rehash of Slammed and P.O.R in his point of view, oh no. We get the scenes which we loved and disliked (disliked in a good way because they were so sad to read) and we also get to see Lake’s reactions in the present time when Will finishes his versions of events as well as a special epilogue!!
Normally I would sum up what happens in the book, but if you read my reviews of Slammed and P.O.R then you will get the jist of what This Girl is about, but there are new events, events that weren’t in Slammed because it was Layken’s POV, events that will tear at your heart, make you catch your breath, make you cry; just have that pounding in your heart for Will. There are new slams, and by god are they powerful. They captured my attention, had me sitting up straight. They conveyed so much depth; you couldn’t help but reread them.
This Girl had me hooked. I was going to wait to read it, but my fingers kept hovering over the title until I clicked on it. I couldn’t have cared less if I had a load of ARC’s to read; This Girl had to be read. I had to love Will even more, I had to know his versions of events, and I had to see how their story ended. It didn’t take me long to read because I couldn’t put it down.
Throughout the book, from Will’s POV, you really see how much pain he has gone through. From losing his parents, to having to give up the girl he loves – Lake. You can see how much he loves Layken from the beginning. From the very first moment he set eyes on her. He was completely hooked and it killed him so much to find out she was his student. Killed him that he has to try and stay away from her even though all he wanted to do was be with her; to have found this girl, to have fallen in love and not be able to be with her.
God the emotion you feel coming from Will and Lake in these scenes really hit you. You feel the pain and heartbreak and the anger from both of them that they can’t be together, that they have to try and stay away, act like they don’t know one another. My heart was hurting so much.
Throughout the stories, you will see every emotion pour not just from Will, but from yourself as well. Will bears his heart and soul into this book, and when telling Lake – from losing his family, to the Slam poetry, this all comes from his heart. You will melt, you will sigh, you will want to give him a massive hug. Seriously, you will be a wreck reading his POV.
What I also loved was how close Gavin and Will are. You never really see their friendship until Will and Layken are ‘figured’ out and are together, but it was brilliant to see that Gavin and Will were close. BFF’s ;). We never really got to see anyone be on Will’s side, to talk to him and keep him in line. Tell him what he is doing wrong. I really like Gavin and he was there from the very start when Will took Lake on the first date and he’s there until the very end too!
Now, what I loved was the epilogue. I was laughing at Gavin’s reaction, crying at Kel – the sweetest little man even – or should I say teenager? And crying at Will and Lake. It was the perfect way to end the Slammed series and it was so nice to see everyone get their happily ever after. They all truly deserved it after all the things that had been through and to be together, still so close and so happy; it was the greatest ending that could have been – especially with the last slam poem at the end. Oh. Floods. Of. Tears!
I don’t really want to say a lot about This Girl, but I beg you to read this series. You get added bonus scenes in This Girl, you get to see Will and Lake on their honeymoon, being all cute and you get to see them in the future, in the epilogue. I cannot express how much I love this series. How much emotion has gone through me with these books and how much I will cherish these characters and their journeys.
It’s butterflying amazing.
“You want to know my sweet?” I ask her.
I kiss her on the forehead. “You. Always you.”