Review – This Girl
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  • July 22, 2013

this girl

Okay. Now you can judge.

The third and final book in Colleen Hoover’s New Adult Slammed series is done. And I, for one, am not sorry to see it go. In fact, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Where was my mind? Knee deep in wedding week, that’s where. And I am happy for it to be over. I would ordinarily not continue to read something I was so ambivalent about otherwise. However, I read it so I must review it.

Layken and Will have finally gotten married. During their honeymoon Lake relies upon typical girlish (and foolish) whims and asks Will to tell the story of how they met and what he was thinking about the whole time. Thus starts the biggest “you asked for it” scenario that I have ever read. And why I read it I still don’t know. This book, for all intents and purposes, is 95% identical to book one, Slammed. I thought the sequel, Point of Retreat, was overdoing it. I stand corrected. This is the literal manifestation of the phrase “beating a dead horse”.

Told from Will’s barely-different-than-Layken’s point-of-view we rehash the events of Slammed, just slightly different. I said in my Point of Retreat review that Lake is screamier and Will is punchier? This is what I was referring to; his tendency to hit things out of frustration. I wish I would have gone through and counted the number of times that Will punched something out of anger in this book. I’m sure it was supposed to give him depth but it didn’t work. He just seemed to have unresolved anger issues about anything and everything. And I’ve decided that he should drink more. Because that’s where he’s going if he doesn’t get some proper therapy.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Will. I think were it not for his POV I would never have bothered picking up the second and third books. I’m just annoyed at myself that I got sucked into two books that I didn’t need to read. Hoover focuses too much on details that hold no real power to the overarching structure of the book. She has soft rules when it comes to grammar and she doesn’t do anything new with character development. Oh sure, these characters had moments of growth, but they didn’t grow. And Hoover failed them. The proof is in the pudding when Lake asks Will to hear his point-of-view and then gets angry at him for several moments for telling her what he was actually going through. This shows that despite two years and two massive events between them she has not changed from the immature, self-involved snot that she was in Slammed… and I liked her (for some reason) in Slammed. Strike that, I liked that Hoover actually penned her the appropriate age and not a thirty year old stuck in a teenager’s body (which is the usual approach for seventeen and eighteen year old characters). However, she never progressed beyond this point and she should have considering the traumas that she has had to endure.

Will’s another story entirely. He actually decreased in estimation the further I went with him. And I am officially over it.

This Girl was a waste of reading time. It’s tediously exact, it’s mediocre to begin with, and it’s got nothing to offer a reader.

(And yet, on some level, it was better than book two. Figure that one out.)

1 out of 5 stars.

– BP

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