Thursday, August 15, 2013

#REVIEW: THIS GIRL @ColleenHoover

The last installment of the Slammed series by Colleen Hoover, THIS GIRL, is a beautiful ending to a beautiful young love story.

My REVIEW of book one (Slammed) is posted HERE.
My REVIEW of book two (Point of Retreat) is posted HERE.

There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.

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.

This time, Will gives his impressions of everything that happened since he met Lake. It was beautiful though it didn't hold my attention as much as the first two books since it felt a bit like a re-telling but there were revelations that I would've missed had I not read This Girl. And this book made me fall even more in love with Will.

Read the whole series - it's not one you can skip around - and immerse yourself in these characters lives. They'll come to feel like family to you. The conclusion of the series takes place in a hospital and will bring a tear to your eye, one final tear for a series that had me sobbing at times.

This book contains slamming. Slamming - for those of you who don't know - is a competition where poets read or recite their original work. It was started back in the mid-1980s in Chicago and became popular, especially among young artists, as a way to express themselves.

In this book, we hear one last Slam from Will. Sigh.

“I held this girl in my arms
She wrapped her tiny fingers around mine.
It was then that I realized.
She was the fusion.
The glue.
The cement that bound all my pieces together.
The piece that seals my puzzle.
The piece that completes my life.
The element that makes me who I am.
Who I was.
Who I'll one day be.
You, baby girl.
You're my final piece.”

RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.

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