** 4 out of 5 Stars **
**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD**
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 to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and the 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.
This was the PERFECT ending to the Slammed series. I loved reading Will's POV on everything that happened in Slammed. This book is Will's detailed side of the story. I already loved Will and Layken but there's just something about going back and revisiting things from the other side that made me appreciate them so much more. I absolutely loved the ending...especially the epilogue. It couldn't have ended better.
There won't be much of a summary here because this book is literally Will's side of the story from Slammed. It begins right where Point of Retreat stops. They are still on their honeymoon and she has questions. He doesn't hesitate to answer them. We learn how he felt about things on a bunch of different issues they had.
1. His break up with Vaughn
2. First time they met
3. First Date...we find out that Gavin knew about their first date because he saw them together
4. When he saw her at school
5. First "mistake" kiss...trying to make her hate him and crying when she leaves
6. His reaction to her poetry in his class
7. The Lake poem that told her exactly how he felt about her knowing she was in the club
8. The Laundry room and the pain he felt letting her walk away knowing it's the last thing he wanted her to do.
9. Their slam poetry that brought them together.
In all these we get to see how hard it was for him to let her walk away every time. It literally killed him inside to be without her. He fought it every second of every day. We also got to see some new scenes that we didn't see from Lake's POV. I wanted to skip ahead badly but I couldn't. I had to know what he was thinking during these issues.
Her mom revisits later that night after she drags her across the street when she finds out that he's a teacher.
His date with Taylor...yeah while they were trying to stay away from each other he goes on a date with a girl named Taylor and actually enjoys himself. He even tells her if he hadn't been thinking about Lake he probably would have went out with her again. Taylor kisses him and he doesn't stop it, even enjoys it. This cause a huge fight in the hotel room that ends with making up in the shower after she stops "carving pumpkins".
"Layken Cooper, 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."
The scenes following the slam poems to each other. There is a ton of kissing outside. He can't keep his hands off her and he makes her get out of his car to stop them from taking it too far. He follows her home and they almost can't say goodnight because they can't come up for air long enough. There's the scene where they park down the street and sneak to his house to make out and get caught by her mother without some of their clothes. She ends up grounded for 2 weeks and when they reunite it's so sweet.
The epilogue was awesome. They have been married for 3 years and she's in labor. He's scared and doesn't think he's ready to be a father...never mind that he pretty much already is to 2 boys. He passes out on the floor during the birth. They have a baby girl that he'd give his life for the instant he met her. They name to baby Julia after her mother.
"This girl. This baby girl is my life. Her mother is my life. These girls are both my life."
I'm going with 4 stars because at times I was bored. I did love his side of the story though so it was worth it. Read this book! Just don't read it before you read the other two.
The points may not be the point, but her poetry kicked ass.
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.
This book is book 3 in the Slammed series. I recommend you read the first two before you read this one. It contains all spoilers for book 1 not to mention you'll be lost. See my other reviews on my blog for the other two books!