Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Atria Books and Netgalley.)
This is the third book in the ‘Slammed’ series, and kicks off with Will and Lake on their honeymoon.
This story is told from Will’s point of view, and basically involves Lake asking Will to tell her his version of their story. The story is mostly told in the form of flashbacks, some scenes of which weren’t in the original 2 books.
I’m torn over this book, I disliked the flashback-style in which it was written, but there were some really sweet moments too.
Let’s just start by saying that I haven’t read the first two books in this series, but I was interested in reading this one because other people said it was good, and I wanted to join in the buddy read!
Most of this book is told in flashbacks though, kinda like in TV programs where they do clips from previous shows and call it a new episode. For me, this kind of thing is a bit of a ‘filler’ episode, something that gets you from one show to the next without progressing much. I’m definitely reminded of the TV show ‘friends’, who seemed to have these sort of flashback shows quite a bit. The thing is with these sort of things, if the flashbacks are something I haven’t seen before, then they can be enjoyable, if they’re rehashing something I’ve already seen, then I feel a bit cheated.
That being said, I haven’t read the first 2 books, so nothing was rehashed as such for me, but still the constant jumping backward was slightly irritating! I did find some of the flashbacks sweet and enjoyable, but I have a feeling that if I had read the first 2 books, and had already been through these scenes once before, this would have gotten old really quick.
Anyway, I did think that Lake and Will made a cute couple, even though the whole ‘I accidentally snogged my teacher’ thing has been done before. There were some really sweet moments between the pair, and they seemed to genuinely care for one another, and I liked the romance between them. I did think the whole ‘yes we’ll wait a year before we have sex’ thing was a little ridiculous, and I have a feeling that if I had been reading through two whole books of this teasing and messing about I would have gotten a bit annoyed. And who gets married at 19 anyway?
The poetry aspect of the story was alright, but I can’t say that I really liked it. A couple of the poems were alright, but they weren’t anything amazing. Having read this book I might still read ‘Slammed’, but I get the impression that ‘Point of Retreat’ would really annoy me!
Overall; I did enjoy this book, but it did feel like a rehash of the first two books, and I haven’t even read the first two books! If you really love this series, then go for it, but otherwise I don’t think I’d bother, you’re basically paying for something that you have already read!
6.5 out of 10.