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This Girl: A Novel

This Girl: A Novel

Escrito por Colleen Hoover

Narrado por Kirby Heyborne


This Girl: A Novel

Escrito por Colleen Hoover

Narrado por Kirby Heyborne

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Jun 11, 2013
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9781442366473
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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.
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Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Hopeless, Maybe Someday, Maybe Not, Ugly Love, Confess, November 9, It Ends with Us, Without Merit, and All Your Perfects. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Visit ColleenHoover.com.

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  • (5/5)
    This Was ABSOLUTELY Beautiful ....



    I've been sitting for over an hr trying to figure out how to write my review on this book and this series and How I am going to say goodbye to a FANTASTIC Book Couple and I just can't do it. Writing a review would mean I have to say goodbye to Will and Lake and I'm just not ready to do that yet. So I am simply going to Post all of my favorite Quotes from the book.


    “But every smile on your face
    seems to replace
    A memory I'd rather not hold
    Each time you laugh, it fills a
    void
    Each kiss heals another wound
    in my soul”


    “I can't remember feeling this way... since well, ever. It's new. It's scary. It's exciting. It's nerve-racking. It's calming. It's every single emotion I've ever felt balled up into an intense urge to grab hold of her and never let go.”

    “I want her to wait for me. I want her to wait for me so bad. I don’t want to think about her ever allowing anyone bedsides me to love her.”

    “You're in love with her, aren't you?" I pause. Am I? I sign and clasp my hands behind my head, not sure what to say. "I'm trying so hard not to be," I say quietly, admitting it to myself for the first time.”

    “She rolls her eyes. 'Will, this date is going to be my suck for the day if you don't become a little more talkative.'
    I laugh. 'Yes, we're going to Club N9NE. Yes, we're going to dinner first. Yes, I wrote a slam for you. Yes, we're leaving the club early so we can go back to my house and hardcore make out in the dark.'
    'You just became my sweet,' she says.”


    “Those are the hardest pieces of all to accept.
    The pieces of our puzzle
    That just don't belong”


    “Before I love you can come out of my mouth again, the front door swings open and Julia walks outside. "We're going to have to set some ground rules," she says. There's more amusement in her voice than anger or annoyance.

    "Sorry, Julia," I yell over my shoulder. I turn back to Lake and kiss her one last time, then take a step away from her. "It's just that I'm madly in love with your daughter!"

    "Yeah." Julia laughs. "I can see that.”


    “I hold still against her, taking one final look at this amazing, beautiful girl beneath me. "You're the greatest thing that's ever happened to my life," I whisper.”

    “I love her. I know she loves me. And despite what Julia thinks is good for us, I want her to wait for me. We need to be together. We have to be together. If I don't stop her from walking away right now, I'll regret it for the rest of my life.”

    “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 love you so damn much, it hurts.' I force my lips against hers, then pull away just as fast. 'But it hurts in a really good way.”

    “This is it, Lake," I say pointing back and forth between us. "It's real now. I'm not walking away from you again. Ever."
    Her eyes fill with tears. "Promise?" she whispers.
    "I swear. I love you so much."
    A tear rolls down her cheek. "Say it again," she whispers.”


    “You want to know my sweet?" I ask her/

    She nods.

    I kiss her on the forehead. "You. Always you.”


    “COMPLETELY.
    Utterly.
    Frozen.
    My eyes drop to the table in front of me when she finishes. Her words are 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 present tense.
    She loves me. Layken Cohen loves me.”


    “Then this girl completely shatters the window to my soul and crawls inside.”


    “You, baby girl. You’re my final piece.”
  • (4/5)
    I loved all of the parts that were fresh and new from Will's POV but the other parts basically felt like I was rereading Slammed. Loved that epilogue though!
  • (4/5)

    I have fallen in Love with everything I have read from Colleen so far and I wasn't disappointed with "This Girl". I am a huge fan of the Slammed series and fall in love with the characters.

    What is life like after the wedding and you finally know you are where your suppose to be? That is what we get to find out in This Girl. What I enjoyed about this book is that we get to relive some of the best parts of Slammed and Point of Retreat from Wills point of view while still moving forward with their story. We get a deeper look in to Will before he met Lake and how he feels right at the moment. These two have had a hard life but they get the happily ever after that they deserve and they don't have to call Retreat anymore. This story revealed some new information that doesn't sit well with Lake and he has to learn to move on from Wills past to move on to their Future. Having Lake asking Will to retell how they met is sweet and you can see how Much they love each other.

    I was sad finishing the book knowing that I had to say goodbye to some of my favorite characters but it was worth it in the end. All good things must come to an end right? I would love to see how Kel and Caulder grow up and get a look at how developed with a Brother and Sister raising them.

    I received this book from the Publisher through Netgalley for my honest review.
  • (3/5)
    Newlyweds Will and Layken are on their honeymoon and are reminiscing about how they first met, fell in love, and wound up married. Will is telling the story though his eyes and while Layken listens to his version, she gets to see things differently. She also finds out some truths she never knew as some painful memories are brought to light.When these two first met, they didn't know that Will was to be Layken's teacher, so that apparently caused some drama in the lovebirds lives. It turned into the "we want to be together, but we can't" storyline. Of course, love conquers all, and they get their happily ever after, but not after going through some tough times first.I have not read the first two in this series, but this installment seemed like it was memories from the previous books, all given through Will's point of view as flashbacks. I enjoyed This Girl enough and after reading it, I don't feel the need to read the first in the series as this seems like it took all the main parts of the story and retold them neatly. I think die hard fans of the first two books might enjoy this third one as kind of a 'wrap up' installment. Especially for those who read and loved the first two books and are experiencing the dreaded book withdrawal syndrome and need a dose of their favorite characters to take the edge off.I would read Colleen Hoover again, I enjoyed her style of storytelling. She had me laughing out loud during some scenes and sighing during others. She captures Will's voice nicely too and I liked that this book was narrated by the hero. The romance was sweet. Will is a nice guy, he's a teacher, raises his little brother, writes poetry and is devoted to Layken. Layken annoyed me sometimes, but of course she is only eighteen and some of her actions seemed overly dramatic.All in all, This Girl was a nice dose of contemporary new adult romance.disclaimer:This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, such as this one, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I received a free copy of This Girl from the publisher.
  • (2/5)
    Not horrible, but pretty much a rehash of the other 2 books. The epilogue was the only real reason to read it.
  • (4/5)
    The only suck... No Avett Brothers Lyrics
  • (5/5)
    What can I say about this book that wasn't reflected in my progress statuses or the amazon tweets?
    I loved Slammed. I loved Point of Retreat. I butterflying loved Hopeless (unrelated to Slammed, I know), so why wouldn't I love This Girl?
    I think Colleen did a fantastic job reminiscing Slammed from Will's point of view. He's even more swoony than he was when I first read Slammed. And I would've never thought that possible.
    And the end of the epilogue crushed my soul in such a good, sweet way. Love HEAs.
  • (5/5)
    I didn't think it was possible to love Lake and Will any more than I already do. I was wrong. I love everything about these characters. This book is Will POV of his story with Lake. He is telling it to her on their honeymoon. It is amazing and the small reveals only add to the intensity of this love story. The epilogue was wonderful and leaves me with hope that one day we will get to revisit these book people when Colleen writes a book for each of the boys. (Please!)
  • (5/5)
    Sad to see the end to such a great series but what an amazing end it was! This series one to keep on your shelf and reread!
  • (4/5)
    "This Girl" is the latest installment of the best selling Slammed series, a YA that offers the author's fans, a love story, with heartache combined with excellent poetry.Will Cooper is a student teacher at a high school. He has legal care of his brother since their parents died. His last girlfriend moved out because she didn't want partial responsibility of caring for Will's brother.A girl moves in across the street and Will is immediately attracted to her. He asks her out to a poetry slam and things seems as if they will lead to a romantic relationship. Then he sees her at his high school and a complication arises.The story is told from Will's point of view and is done professionally and intelligently.
  • (4/5)
    I was so excited to get this book, as I read through the first two in the Slammed series rather quickly.I am a little dissapointed. I find the premise sweet that Will is telling his take on their relationship. However I feel it had a lot of Deja vu moments. I feel that someone could pick up This Girl and never have to read the other two, but will still know what is going on. Do I think they would miss out on the other two books, ABSOLUTLY as I enjoyed them.This was a decent end to the series.My Suck: I felt it was an over view of the other two books.My Sweet: The last slam Will wrote: " As just one small piece to the puzzle that makes up our entire life. It's up to us to find all of our pieces that fit. These pieces that connect who we are with who were were."
  • (5/5)
    Will Cooper is perfect. That is all I can say right now.
  • (3/5)
    I think the purpose of this book in the series can be summed up by the last three chapters. This book again, was to give us insight into Will's mind at various points of the relationship, but wasn't that supposed to be the job of Point of Retreat? I'm confused. I love Colleen Hoover, I plan on reading anything else she publishes, but this, just as Point of Retreat, fell flat for me.
  • (5/5)
    THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAV. From Colleen Hoover
  • (5/5)
    Beautiful? Extraordinary? Incredible? Butterflying Amazing? Those word are not even strong enough to describe my thoughts!

    "I love you Will Cooper."
    "I love you Layken Cooper."


    This story is told from Will's perspective while on their honeymoon and after they have passed the infamous Point of Retreat. Lake and Will are laying in bed discussing his take on past events that have made lasting impacts on their relationship. The story switches from past to present, which works out great. We were given just enough of the past without it being a complete repeat of the first two books. We also get to learn things about Will we didn't know before. There were more heartwarming surprises from Julia and a couple of new slam poems from Will that had me crying my eyes out by last page. I love Will. I love how much he loves Lake. I love their story! Perfection.
  • (5/5)
    5 stars in my opinion does not do this book justice. I sat down with this book late last night and finished it today. Colleen Hoover is a genius!! The way it is written in Wills perspective but you aren't just re-reading the story was so awesome. To know how he was feeling in those moments and then turn the page and know exactly what Lake was feeling all at the same time. I've read a lot of books over the past year but this series by far is one of the best! In this girl, you got to feel all the emotions of Slammed and Point of Retreat. What an wonderful book!!!!!!!!
  • (4/5)
    This Girl is Will's version of his love affair with Lake from the first moment he saw her up to their honeymoon. I had not read the three previous books about Lake and Will before reading this book, I will definitely read them now. I loved this story, it was just sweet sweet love tinged with the agony of separation. The characters are so endearing and really well defined. I am so glad I was given this book to review. I loved This Girl.
  • (4/5)
    This review is going to be short, sweet and to the point…
    I was blown away by Will’s side of things. I had forgotten little tid-bits that he reminded me of. What is there to not love about the way he adored Layken? The way Colleen told this story from Will’s point of view was ingenious! It could not have been done in a better way. I always worry about reading the same story, but from a different character. I get bored easily. I didn’t here. I was touched and now love Slammed and Point of Retreat even more than I already did. Will’s love for Layken showed no bounds. I don’t think their story would have been complete without getting his thoughts and actions. I thank Colleen for giving us this conclusion to a story that will stay with many of us for a long time. I will forever be in awe of Will and Layken.
  • (5/5)
    OMG! OMG! OMG! I. CAN. NOT.EXPRESS. MY. LOVE. FOR. THIS. BOOK. ENOUGH.Plot: I can even… I don’t even know where to start. (Collects thoughts.) Okay, lets see if I can put this out there without turning to a blubbering mess. Will. This is all him baby. And even though this story has already been told through Layken, Will’s side is so much better. Because their story can’t be complete without both sides. Will’s story starts from the beginning of when he lost his parents till now. It’s beautifully told with so much emotion, I gulped it down like a man parched for water. My eyes did not leave the page till there was no more words to be read.Love: Well course you know its about Will and Layken, duh! But what you don’t know are his thoughts. What he saw Layken as. More importantly, who Layken was to him. Every time Will recalled a memory of Layken whether is be good or bad, she changed him. And that’s is the power of true love.Ending: Seriously? BEST. ENDING. EVER. Once the story line catches up to the timeline as where Will and Layken are at, it’s…gosh there are no words for it other than its beautiful. I re-read the last paragraph a few times just cause I wanted to re-live that emotional high it gave me. Tears feel down my cheek and made me smile so hard.A story that is captivating yet loving, This Girl sets many high standards. Impeccably written with deep emotions weaved into every single line, This Girl proves to be extraordinary in every way. Thoughtful and remarkable, This Girl I will never forget.
  • (4/5)
    This Girl is a good end to the series, and it really earned its four stars. Much of the novel is simply Slammed from Will's point of view (originally we got Layken's), cleverly revealed as Layken asks Will (mostly but not entirely during their first weekend as man and wife) what various events from their first months together were like for him. Much of what happens we saw in book one, of course, but this time we get to see things from Will's perspective so we're also privy to some scenes, events, and conversations that Layken knew nothing about originally. We also understand more of Will's reasoning and motivation (although all along in this series I've identified more with his character than with Layken's, so much of this wasn't news to me) throughout. We do get to see Will and Lake's wedding, glimpses of their honeymoon (it's fairly PG-13), and some of what comes after. The ending is all new, and definitely squee-worthy.One of the more satisfying parts of this book is the fact that Layken finally, finally is able to understand what Will was going through in book one. Throughout the series, this is what's kept me from giving the book five stars--Layken's inability to really "get" why Will had to make the choices he makes. As a teacher and a single parent myself, it was just so frustrating for me to see her seemingly unable to put herself in his shoes for even a little while. I had to keep reminding myself of her young age, but still. If she wanted to be treated like an adult, she needed to be able to act and think like one. Until she reached that point, it did make me a little crazy listen to Will berate himself for being an a**hole when really I wanted to applaud him for making the right decision and shake her for not getting that he was. I listened to this one on audio, and was very glad that even though both books two and three were from Will's POV that the powers that be decided to go with a different narrator for this one. I liked his version of Will so much better--for one thing, "Caulder" actually sounded like "Caulder", whereas the other narrator made it sound like "Carter". Drove me crazy. Plus, this narrator gave Lake a Texan accent, which was kind of cute.Definitely four stars. Recommended to those who enjoyed books one and two. I guess it's possible that this one could be read without the other two, but the experience would definitely be missing something.
  • (2/5)
    It pains me to write this review as well as give it the rating I do because I LOVED Colleen Hoover’s Slammed. I knew This Girl was going to be Will’s point-of-view, but what I didn’t expect was to read Slammed all over again. If I wanted to reread it, I would have just picked up my copy and saved the $8 I paid.Colleen Hoover’s This Girl is the highly anticipated third book in the Slammed series. Will and Lake are now married and are on their honeymoon. One night, they are reminiscing on how they met and Lake asks Will to tell her what his first impression of her was. Will reluctantly agrees and along the way Lake discovers Will has been harboring a few secrets of his own.As far as characterization goes, Lake come off as bratty. I hoped she would have grown up, but no we have her pouting and throwing a temper tantrum in one scene because Will mentions having gone on one date with another girl AFTER they realized they couldn’t be together because of his job. Sorry Lake, how is this any different than you agreeing to be set by Eddie? You can’t have it both ways, asking Will to tell you about what happened during the time you were apart and not like what he says. Now if I could take a moment to address the narrative. It felt off. It read almost as if this wasn’t the Will we got in Point of Retreat. He’s mature and responsible and yet in This Girl when he’s talking to Lake between reminiscing scenes, something is off. I can’t put my finger on it.There were a few plot holes mostly with regards to certain scenes not mirroring the original. I’m thinking primarily, the scene where Lake in class reads the poem “Mean” and in Slammed she asks Will if it has to rhyme and he says no, but in This Girl she asks if there’s a time minimum. Also when they first attend a slam reading, it’s always been assumed they were there for a few readings before Will takes the stage and in This Girl, it makes it seem they were there longer than a few performances. Another that comes to mind is the whole Lake / Javi incident when she’s called to recount the incident involving Will’s fight. Her account just doesn’t mirror the original. There were a few other scenes, but these stood out.What I did like were the Julia parts and Will talking to her. I always liked Julia and I know she wanted the best for Lake and to see her talk to Will in scenes where we thought she disliked him was eye opening and lovely. While the epilogue made me angry because I wanted Will and Lake to be alone for a few years without more added responsibility, the fact that Julia thought of everything and left another set of notes left me in tears. Although, I do have to question how much Hoover was inspired by PS I Love You and the notes left by Gerry to Holly.I debated with the rating and decided on a two instead of a one because of the Julia scenes. Julia has always been the heart of Slammed and what ultimately brings Will and Lake together. I do feel a lot of what I read in This Girl could have been addressed in Point of Retreat and it would have wrapped up the series nicely. On another note, I’m not one to shy away with a sex scene, but I really didn’t need to read how many times Lake and Will got on between story telling time.If you’ve never read Colleen Hoover’s Slammed, then you’re in luck. Feel free to pick between the two, otherwise save your money and don’t bother with This Girl.