Sunday, 5 May 2013

This Girl (Slammed 3) by Colleen Hoover

Reviewed by Donna, Willow & Dawn. 

What Donna Says: 5 big fat shiny butterflyingly fantastic stars…if I could give more I would! 
My suck for the day, I finished “This Girl”

My sweet for the day, I actually had the opportunity to read “This Girl”

Totally amazeballs, this is how you write the same book from a different POV, pure genius, absolutely pure genius…to say I loved it is an understatement, I freakin loved it!!

I didn’t think it was possible to fall any more in love with Will Cooper, but This Girl, damn, had me crying through most of it, laughing, smiling, went all mushy, just totally and utterly fell in love all over again with Will Cooper. The whole book is from Will’s POV both in past and present, they are laying on their bed on honeymoon reflecting on their past and talking about how they met, got together and what they went through…genius I tell you, absolute butterflying genius. I was glad that I had read Slammed and Point of Retreat moons ago as whilst reading this it brought back all the memories of those books and to read them from Will’s POV was just the icing on the cake. Throughout Slammed and Point of Retreat you never really appreciated the emotional torture that Will went through and to hear about it was painful at times, it made me cry….alot!!! I loved reading about the “chats” that Julia and Will used to have, she really did appreciate him and loved him like a son..although she always had best intentions at heart somethings just needed to be said.
Reliving Lake’s slam in the classroom had me chuckling….
“Mean….According to the thesaurus and according to me….. there are over thirty different meanings and substitutions for the word mean. (Shouting) Jackass, jerk, cruel, dickhead, unkind, harsh, wicked, hateful, heartless, vicious, virulent, un-relenting, tyrannical, malevolent, atrocious, bastard, barbarous, bitter, brutal, callous, degenerate, brutish, depraved, evil, fierce, hard, implacable, rancorous, pernicious, inhumane, monstrous, merciless, inexorable and my personal favourite – asshole”.   But poor Will “her poem stirred something in me unlike anything I have ever felt. It was a mixture of embarrassment, anger, hurt and heartache. But that wasn’t good enough for her – she had to go and add jealousy on top of all that. If there is one thing I’ve learned about today, it’s that I don’t handle jealousy well. At all.”

And then the reaction to Lake’s “Schooled” Slam…

“COMPLETELY. Utterly. Frozen. My eyes drop to the table in front of me when she finishes. Her words are still sinking in. A boy that I’m seriously, deeply, madly, incredibly, and undeniably in love with. In love with? That’s what she said. In love with. As in the present tense. She loves me. Layken Cohen loves me.”

“…………….life knows. Life is trying to tell me. That the girl I love? The girl I fell so hard for? There’s room for her in first. I am putting her first.” “I love you Lake” I lean my forehead against hers. “You deserve to come first”…..awwwwww

I have highlighted so many things in this book that if I put them all down I might as well just type up another manuscript and I am sure that would go against some anti piracy laws (that I am totally supporting the authors in by the way lol) I won’t.

 All I can say is that this is a MUST READ!!! If you have read Slammed and Point of Retreat then this will not disappoint, it will just enhance, intensify, reinforce and amplify your love for all things Colleen Hoover, Will Cooper and Layken Cohen and all the other the characters that we knew and fell in love with.
The epilogue was just amazeballs, a fitting end to a fantastic series, the stars and the letter from Julia just had me sobbing, I would put in a quote but it would spoil it for you all.
 I will leave you with an extract from Will’s last slam.

“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.”

Totally and utterly brilliant, thank you Colleen Hoover!!

What Willow says: 5 Bemazing Stars 
Colleen Hoover, I am totally in love with you! Every single book I've read of yours are worth more than 5 stars -without a doubt!!

I have read so many books in the last year and Slammed was one of the first books I read when I started this mad kindle book addiction. The thing is that some of those books I can't really remember, but some books you'll never forget and Slammed (& POR) I will never forget.  I felt there was so much emotion and heartache in that book, it was brilliant.
Can you hear how much I loved Slammed? but to love This Girl I needed it to be different, I didnt want to just read the same story again and I didn't - it felt like a different book, but at the same time familiar. I wondered how I would feel, whether I would still have all those emotions because I know what happens, but reading it from Will's pov, understanding how he felt, definitely draws you in emotionally again. I fell in love with Will all over again and harder than before. But that's not just it - because of how the story is told you get to see Lake's reaction to Will's side of the story, sometimes it's happiness, sometimes it's sadness and sometimes it's torture.......
"what the hell do you want me to say Will? Do you want me to admit that i'm not perfect? That i'm jealous? I know you said that it didn't me anything to you, but that doesn't mean that it didn't mean something to me"
"Its just.... I know we don't believe in soul mates" she says "There are so many people in this world that can be right for each other. If there weren't, then cheating would never be an issue. Everyone would find their one true love and life would be great - relationships would be a piece of cake. But that's not how it is in reality and I realise this. So.... it just hurts okay? It hurts me to know there are other women out there in the world that could make you happy. I know it's immature and I was being petty and jealous, but... I just want to be your only one. I want to be your soul-mate even if I don't believe in them. I overreacted and I'm sorry"
And that's the other thing about Colleen's writing that I love, her books aren't fantasy, the situations are believable, something you could see in your real life, the people in them have real emotions, real beliefs, its not all "you're my soul mate, the only one for me"
The ending did have me in tears, for two reasons, the thing that Julia had the foresight to do, along with the last poem, but also because I knew it was the end of Will and Lake's story. As Donna says that was definitely my suck for the day.
All I can say is that if you have read Slammed & POR, you must read this, you will not be disappointed! and if you haven't read Slammed & POR why the hell not? Go read them - now.

A butterflyingly brilliant bemazing book (and series) from a butterflyingly brilliant bemazing author. 

What Dawn says:  5 Big Sweet Stars

I'm struggling to convey exactly how I feel about this book into words that won't go on forever. I agree with what the girls said above. I loved it. I cried at the memories, I smiled at the memories.
This is exactly how a recount for an old story should be re told from a different POV but give the reader a new story at the same time.

Once a gain Colleen writes beautifully and has us gripped from the first page. I'm sad it's over now but I'll keep theses books in my heart forever.

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