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Are you sitting comfortably? Then let Will begin...
on 30 April 2013
When I discovered we were to be treated to Will's side of 'Slammed', I was delighted yet at the back of my mind there was a tiny pocket of hesitancy at the thought of a repeated story. Yes it is a retelling of 'Slammed' which I purposefully chose not re-read beforehand as I wanted that feeling of remembering the little things you tend to forget. Whilst we know how Will and Lake's journey ended, I devoured this as if I was clueless to the story. It is quite simply its own book and Colleen Hoover has done an outstanding job in keeping the story fresh and full of every possible emotion.
I love getting into the head of a male character and discovering their thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears as well a greater insight into them as a character. As much as I thought I knew Will, there is so much we were never privy to; his confiding moments with Julia, his friendship with Gavin and just how deep his inner turmoil ran. 'This Girl' reinforces what an exceptional man he is and I fell in love with him all over again.
Will and Lake's situation over all 3 books has been heartwarming, heartbreaking, filled with happiness, sadness, frustration and humour. I felt their joy and their pain and I laughed and I fought the tears. Their brothers deserve a special mention as those little boys brought many of the uplifting moments, from laughing at their innocent comments through to the touching nature of their unconditional love for each other, Will and Lake and not forgetting their resilience against the loss of their parents.
Whilst I am sad to have finished this wonderful series, the final chapters and the epilogue did it a serious justice and finished the story beautifully. I have no doubt that Colleen Hoover will treat us to more gems in the future and irrespective of your age (I'm mid 30's) 'Slammed', 'Point of Retreat' and 'This Girl' are unmissable reads.
Two words to sum up...Butterflying Superb.