This Girl by Colleen Hoover
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.
*********CONTAINS SPOILERS********** (and the slightest bit of cussing)
Holy shit. HOLY SHIT what a book!
I loved This Girl from the start. It’s absolutely incredible how Colleen was able to switch between the present time and the memories and not make the story into this tell-tale. How she made them flow right into the conversation and also in chronological order. Amazing. Truly. I have so, so much respect for this woman and how she writes her books.
Seeing these scenes from Will’s point of view made me love Slammed even more than I already did. It made me understand his actions so much better. And not only because I was able to look inside his head now, but also because there were so, so many things held off camera in Slammed. Will knew so much more than I knew when reading Slammed and the choices he made, made even more sense now. I hurt for him so, so many times. He was struggling so much more than I realized and the emotions were so high the whole time.
Seriously, though. Getting more of the scene at the end of Slammed was AMAZING. Absolutely loved to see a little more of their ‘happy ever-after’-time, even if it was just for a little while. Those scenes were adorable.
Then the epilogue. The epilogue. HOLY SHIT.
First, I thought it was Eddie, but then she stood up to usher Gavin out of the room and then… Wow. It was absolutely perfect. How Julia made sure she’s still a part of their lives. How Layken and Will made sure Julia will forever be a part of their lives in a completely different way. I’m getting giddy all over again just thinking about it.
Will is just… Wow. I hope to someday meet someone like him. And even if he already found his perfect puzzle piece, I would love to be able to witness a love like that. A man who respects. A man who loves unconditionally. A man who fights for his love and his goals until he succeeds.