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This Girl (Slammed, #3) - Colleen Hoover I had several Princess Bride moments while reading [b:This Girl|15784909|This Girl (Slammed, #3)|Colleen Hoover|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1364326075s/15784909.jpg|21502991]. And no, they had nothing to do with Buttercup and Westley. It occurred every time Will would pause his story and Lake would plead for him to continue. It totally felt like grandpa reading the book and Fred Savage interrupting every so often to ask what happened next. Why Lake chose those stories to be their honeymoon topic I would never understand.

So we know that [b:This Girl|15784909|This Girl (Slammed, #3)|Colleen Hoover|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1364326075s/15784909.jpg|21502991] is essentially Will's POV of [b:Slammed|13372690|Slammed (Slammed, #1)|Colleen Hoover|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328530463s/13372690.jpg|18602144]. I gotta hand it to Ms. Hoover. She knows how to make her readers swoon. As if we aren't in love with Will Cooper enough already. Getting into his head and knowing what he thought of Lake just affirmed how close to perfect he is. The lingering gazes, the hand-holding, the sweet kisses... All those things transported me back to feelings of heart-fluttering first love and I loved every single moment of it.

If the book's intention was for readers to get more 'Will' then it has certainly succeeded. Aside from the retelling of certain events, we get a few new ones. We also get an awesome epilogue - a look into Will and Clay's life a few years down the road. Was I happy to read more of them? Definitely. Was I happy with the story or the content? Not entirely. In my humble opinion, [b:Slammed|13372690|Slammed (Slammed, #1)|Colleen Hoover|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328530463s/13372690.jpg|18602144] and [b:Point of Retreat|13496084|Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)|Colleen Hoover|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1330543249s/13496084.jpg|19038910] already felt complete. Nothing could've been taken away from or added onto them to make them better in my eyes. I loved them as they were, which is why I struggled with a few things while reading this.

First of all, I couldn't ignore the repetitiveness in terms of narration. It wasn't the fact that I knew the story already. It was in the words chosen, more than anything else. After a while, the mention of 'this girl' got old.

Second, the writing just fell a bit short of my expectations. It felt like everything was spelled out for me, like I won't make out what Will is feeling if he doesn't express it. He's a poet, I get it, but he sounded like an overly sappy teenager at times.
I've never wanted to be a coffee cup in my life.

I've never wanted to be a knee so bad in my entire life.

I've never wanted to be teeth so bad in my entire life.

See what I mean?

I understand that this is really more of a companion novel than anything, and so I shouldn't over analyze things. But this is pretty pricey for an e-book, and not a full length novel at that, so I just want other potential but hesitant buyers to get more than a gush-fest when they look up reviews to help them decide. If you are a fan of [b:Slammed|13372690|Slammed (Slammed, #1)|Colleen Hoover|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328530463s/13372690.jpg|18602144] and [b:Point of Retreat|13496084|Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)|Colleen Hoover|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1330543249s/13496084.jpg|19038910] then you will love this, no doubt. If you want to squee and feel that heart squeeze then definitely go for it!

To cap off this review and to honor the culmination of this series, I'd like to share this moving slam performance of "The Lake" by Marty Schoenleber, found on [a:Colleen Hoover|5430144|Colleen Hoover|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1333056335p2/5430144.jpg]'s website.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trmHJLJAgB8&feature=youtube_gdata_player
"So you keep your ocean. I'll take the lake."