Friday, May 17, 2013

ARC REVIEW: This GIrl (Slammed #3) by Colleen Hoover

Title/Series: This Girl | Slammed #3
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: April 30th 2013
Format: eBook | Pages: 256
Genre: YA/NA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble  
★★★★★ (5/5) Stars!!!!

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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.

I'm just so
in love
This Book
No, no
This Series

This one was probably the easiest of the three to read, of course. For the obvious reason that, for the most part, I already know everything that will be said or done because I've lived through it with Slammed. I mean there are quite a few surprises and "Aha!!" moments. Which were both awesome and "ohh crap".

It's unbearably sweet. We're once again in Will's POV and Lake is wanting to know his side of the story. They lay there reminiscing on key points of their relationship and points of his life that brought him to her. So we go back and forth between past and present. Like I said there were quite a few surprises along the way. A lot of them were happy and had me squealing with delight when certain situations take on a whole new light. Will's poem "The Lake" for instance took on a whole new meaning after reading the first flashback in this book. Loved it. But it wasn't all happy. I mean you didn't think we'd get through an entire book filled with Sweet right? There definitely was some Suck. Big Suck.

Overall I'm so happy with how this series progressed. Through all the good and the bad both. Even when I was crying my eyes out and wanting to curse Colleen Hoover for giving me so many feels. From start to finish each book just kept getting better and better. You know how in some cases** where we get a retelling from the guys POV of our favorite novels and we're so excited only to have it just feel sort of....flat? Yeah this isn't one of those. This lived up to what I would have wanted and like I said even surprised me.

For the entire series...My Suck? Right now. I mean it's over. I have to say goodbye to these people. Yes. I know I can reread and revisit them any time I want, I am one of those rereading types. But the firsts are all gone. The surprises have been uncovered. So that's a huge suck. My Sweet? Right now. It's over but it was so much fun. I'm glad for being able to get to know these characters. For all the tears shed. For the laughter it pulled from me. The heartache. The pulse pounding love. All of it. Huge sweet. It ended on a high. For me.

You: "Good lord Sheri can you be a little bit more over dramatic? It's just a book..."

Me as I smile and laugh at you: "They're never just books..." :)

**I'm not saying that book was bad! It just felt rushed and not a full on retelling from an opposite POV. I still enjoyed it a lot. 

Huge thanks to NetGalley/Atria Books for putting this out there on "auto approval" for those of us who were lucky enough to grab a copy in exchange for a fair review while it was up there. I'm butterflying thankful ;)


  1. I love that you did a sweet and suck review, that's perfect! I enjoyed the book, it just didn't wow me liked Slammed did. The slam poetry was fun as always and it was nice to spend more time with Will and Lake. Like you, I was sad to say bye :-)

    BookishTrish @ Between the Lines

  2. Haha yay! And I agree I guess my view was that as sort of a "flashback/been there done that" sort of book it was great and a good way to say goodbye. But oh yeah Slammed and even Point of Retreat were on a much higher level. :)

  3. I skimmed your review since I recently read Hopeless and fell in love with this author and picked up Slammed..i am excited that you enjoyed book three so much!

  4. Haha I do the same thing if I haven't read a book yet. Skim just enough to get either a "yay" or "nay" vibe. Colleen Hoover is awesome. They're not as hard as Hopeless but emotional all the same! :)