BOOK REVIEW: THIS GIRL: A Novel (Slammed #3) 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.




Colleen Hoover is the author of New York Times bestsellers, SLAMMED, POINT OF RETREAT, THIS GIRL, HOPELESS and LOSING HOPE. Her next standalone, MAYBE SOMEDAY, will be released in March, 2014.

Colleen enjoys blogging, writing, creating pointless Instagram videos and placing random words where they don’t belong.





“Ms. Hoover just SLAMMED us all with how to write a POV novel!”

I was provided with a copy of this novel by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Colleen Hoover’s debut novel “Slammed” was referred to me by several authors I have come to know through my reviews.  I decided to give it a try and was incredibly surprised!  If any of you know how I feel about Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park (my all-time favorite and most inspirational book I’ve read to date), you will be shocked to know that “Slammed” CLOSELY rivals FOL in my opinion.

When an author can grab my attention in the first few lines of their novel, I am intrigued.  When they can continue to keep me vested in not only the plot line but also the characters and their development, I am shocked.  When they can put it all together to create a book that inspires me, I am head-over-heels in love with the author!  Colleen Hoover….I adore you!!!

The Slammed Series is a story about fate-plain and simple.  If you ever doubted whether or not fate exists, read this book.  After facing incredible personal tragedies, both main characters (Will and Layken) find their lives fatefully entwined in ways they cannot deny nor ignore.  I was immediately shocked with the ethical dilemma they are faced with and even more so when it turns into a very intricate moral dilemma.  The main characters are so well defined and have such incredible back stories, it shouldn’t seem believable…yet it does.  So much so, you just lose yourself in the story and forget everything around you.

With “This Girl”, Ms. Hoover manages to tell the same story from Will’s perspective with out even one time making me feel like I was reading the same story again!  It was incredible.  While it’s written from Will’s POV, it’s set in the present.  You are with Will and Layken as together they explore all the trials and tribulations they went through in Slammed, but with emotions and experiences you never knew about when reading from Layken’s POV.

Once again, the supporting characters have their own back stories which make them equally intriguing and help add to the plot line and its’ development.  As the book progresses, every character is faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges; yet they all continue on their road of development and their experiences contribute to the story in such amazing ways.  Again though, from Will’s perspective, even these supporting characters have new life breathed into them by Ms. Hoover.

You will feel each and every emotion the characters are feeling.  You will cry, laugh, furrow your brow in worry and sometimes just smile shyly to yourself at the sweetness.  Don’t get me wrong…this is NOT all romance here.  While the underlying story is a romance, there is so much more to the story I really hesitate to even label it a romance.  This is a drama through and through with a romance thrown in to balance out the emotional impact it makes on you.  Reading it from Will’s POV was one of the most refreshing experiences I’ve ever had in a POV story.  I even watched as Layken’s emotions and reactions changed based on Will’s side of things which she is experiencing for the first time.  It never once felt forced or compromised Will’s masculinity which is an incredibly difficult accomplishment.  Well done Ms. Hoover!!

This book is fantastic-like the whole Slammed Series.  From the first page to the last page, the story is utter perfection and instilled so many emotions and inspiration in me.  I will carry this story with me forever.  I’ve never said this before on a POV novel, but THANK YOU Ms. Hoover for giving us Will’s story!!

+  Watching Will tell Layken his story was incredibly touching

+  I was very emotional listening to Will’s feelings

+  So much angst and upheaval you never get comfortable or bored with this relationship

+  Incredible way to tell a different POV – truly ingenious Ms. Hoover

–  Honestly, it was just over too fast

???  Will we ever get to read about the boys once they grow up  ???








Thank you to Colleen Hoover and Atria Books for providing me with a copy of THIS GIRL and for the memorable opportunity to review this novel.


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