Source: Atria Books/Netgalley – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation.
Publisher: Atria Books
Series: Slammed #2
Edition: Egalley, 200 pages
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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In the second book in the Slammed series by New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, Layken and Will’s relationship has endured through hardships, heartache, and a cruel twist of fate, further solidifying the fact that they belong together. But the two lovers could not have expected that the things that brought them together may ultimately be the things that tear them apart. Their connection is on the brink of being destroyed forever and it will take an extraordinary amount of willpower to keep their love afloat.
Layken is left questioning the very foundation on which her relationship with Will was built. Will is left questioning how he can prove his love for a girl who can’t seem to stop “carving pumpkins.” Upon finding the answers that may bring peace back into their relationship, the couple comes across an even greater challenge—one that could change not only their lives but the lives of everyone who depend on them.
After reading Slammed and having my heart ripped to shreds then pieced back together slowly I knew I had to continue the series. I was really shocked to find that this is from Will’s point of view, but I think it adds some depth to the story that I didn’t know I was missing. We get to see how he looks at Layken and how he processes things.
I don’t think this one hooked me quite like Slammed did but it’s still really good, and there are still moments where my heart hurt. It also made me like Will even more! Though it may have made me dislike Layken a bit more too…I really liked the way she matured and stepped up in Slammed, but in this one she almost seemed to border on a bit of immaturity at times. I found her frustrating during most of this and I just wanted someone to snap her out of her little cloudy world. I loved that Hoover found a really touching way to include Layken’s mother in the story and I adored the idea of the stars. We still got to see Eddie, Gavin, Kel, and Caulder but we also get to add two new people to the close knit circle. Kiersten and her mother Sherry. These two have such demanding personalities and I love them! Kiersten is a perfect fit of such a weird group of friends and she goes along with Kel and Caulder in such a perfect way.
Despite the issues i had with Layken it seemed almost necessary for her to be a bit insecure and it was nice to see that Will was willing to go through such lengths to get her back. I think the back and forth on her part brought the story down for me a bit, but Will really pulled everything together. One of my favorite parts of this one had to do with a poem about Butterflies…trust me, it’s perfect.
These books have such a journey with a bunch of ups and downs, and I can’t wait to read This Girl!