“I love you. I’ve loved you since the second I laid eyes on you and I haven’t stopped loving you for a second since.”
- Buy #1 SLAMMED (Kindle) <—– start here
- Buy #2 POINT OF RETREAT (Kindle)
- Buy #3 THIS GIRL (Kindle) <—– that’s this book!!
THIS IS ME SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOPS !!!!!
THIS. BOOK. IS. PHENOMENAL.
I’m laughing. I’m crying. I’m shaking.
It was perfect. Every single line was perfect.
Beautiful. Heartbreak. Breathtaking.
Pure. butterflying. gold.
6 HUGE STARS!!!
Books like this are the reason why I love reading.
Colleen Hoover has outdone herself. She managed to take a story that we love and retell it from the hero’s POV while still making every single word of it feel new, fresh and powerful.
Yes, technically it’s a retelling of Slammed from Will’s POV but there is SO much more. There are new scenes, added story lines, and even a epilogue that is guaranteed to make your heart squeeze. Not one word of it felt repetitive.
Reading this book was like taking a beautiful walk down memory lane. It’s been over a year since I read Slammed and Point of Retreat. Those two books are one of the reasons I started blogging. Slammed was actually the first book ever that inspired me to write anything about it. At the time, it was only a small review paragraph where I tried to convey my love for the story but it was something. The depth to which those books hit me was unlike any other book I’d read at that point. I “felt” the story with every single part of my heart and soul.
But before starting This Girl, I didn’t have time to reread either of them and I wondered if I’d be able to connect to it as strongly as I did to the first two. But can I just say that barely 10 lines into the book, every, single emotion that the original books had instilled in me came flooding back. My heart clenched. My throat closed up. I was right back there. Right. There. In this beautifully crafted world, surrounded by the characters I’d come to love with my whole heart.
There is something simply magical about reading a book that revisits characters you are already in love with. EVERYTHING just has so much more weight. It’s like the best possible kind of reunion imaginable.
Do you need to re-read Slammed and Point of Retreat before reading this? No. But you do need to read them at least once first? For sure!
Without spoilers, I want to tell you a little about this book. The whole book is from Will’s POV. I know it’s being called “Slammed from Will’s POV” but it is so much more. It actually takes place after Point of Retreat and is a continuation of their story in that respect. But, a major part of the book, is Lake asking Will what his perspective was on a lot of the things they went through together, and asking him things about himself that neither she nor us (the readers) knew.
And because when you read this, you’ll already know the general story, something as simple as this line can just make your breath catch:
“I cross the street, unable to take my eyes off the girl in the U-Haul.”
And then, finally, after the alternate story of Slammed has been caught up, Will and Lake’s story progresses even farther ((cue the squeeling)) including an absolutely perfect, utterly beautiful, heartwarming epilogue that literally left me smiling, crying and shaking.
“She doesn’t speak, but she doesn’t have to. I know in these moments when it’s just her and me and nothing else, that she truly, soul-deep, loves me.”
I could NOT put this book down. It was riveting, captivating, and I was so wrapped up in the story that I didn’t even notice that I literally read until the sun came up. I wanted both to rush through it and yet also to read it as slow as possible to savor every and every world. It absolutely consumed me.
This book was perfect from start to finish. It captured that heart-fluttering power of first love told from the POV of one of our favorite book heroes. Everything was just so emotionally charged – the flirting, the introduction, the crushing, the chemistry, the sheer, raw, passionate intensity that just rolled off the page. Like I said, perfect!
“I can’t remember feeling this way since… well, ever. It’s new. It’s scary. It’s exciting. It’s nerve-wracking. It’s calming. It’s every single emotion I’ve ever felt balled up into an intense urge to grab a hold of her and never let go.”
There are also new slams!! A few of them actually. And ohhhhh my are they ever beautiful! You know, I’ve never been into poetry, for some reason I just can’t seem to get into it, but the slams in this series are just so POWERFUL that you can’t help but “feel” them.
For those of you who have yet to start this series, you should know that there is a reason that Colleen Hoover is getting the acclaim she’s receiving right now. Everything about her writing – the story, the style, the characters, is simply breathtaking. The sheer level of raw, powerful EMOTION that exists in nearly every line of this book is just overwhelming. I loved every minute. Her words speak straight to your soul.
“I suddenly don’t care where we are or who might be watching us. I have to kiss her. I have to.”
I laughed, I cried, and sometimes I laughed through my tears. And when the FULL understanding of the title hit me, I can’t even describe to you what I felt. Just. WOW.
My 6-star book list is reserved for those few books that, from start to finish, go above and beyond. That grab a hold of my heart so strongly that a year later, I can just pick the books up and the emotions are right THERE. That tell a story that is so beautiful, real, original, and powerful that it leaves a mark on my heart that I know will be there for ever.
This book did that.
Soul deep, guys.
Just, butterflying perfect.
Rating: 6 huge stars.
Casting: This is how I see Will.
♥♥ READING ORDER + BOOK INFO ♥♥
These books should absolutely be read in order.
Each of the books in this series got a 6 star rating from me.
♥♥ LISTS ♥♥
And, it goes without saying that THIS GIRL
has been added to my list of Best Books of 2013