Saturday, September 1, 2012

Character Spotlight: Will Cooper

So I know I have not had a character spotlight in a while, but there was some other stuff going on and I could not pick who I wanted to do next. I finally decided to do Will Cooper from the Slammed books by Colleen Hoover because 1) I love him and 2) I realized I had never done a contemporary character before. So here it goes and as with most of my character spotlights, there may be some spoilers.

When I first met Will Cooper in Slammed, my first thought was "Ugh! Another character named Will! He has a lot of awesome competition" because as hard as I try I always compare characters with the same name. So I immediately began holding him up against the likes of Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices, Will from the Angelfire Series, and Will from the Firelight Series (all Will's that I am head over heels in love with.) It goes without saying that Will Cooper had a lot to live up to. As I turned page after page, it soon became clear that not only did Will Cooper live up to the other Will's but in some ways he was even better!

Will is incredibly easy to fall in love with. He is sweet, determined, funny, intelligent, and responsible. After dealing with the death of both his parents, he begins taking care of his younger brothers and while he is young he still manages to make it work. Not only does he embody all of these characteristics, but he also writes and performs slam poetry. I mean, could he get any better? Well yes he does. He is also incredibly romantic. He is willing to go above and beyond for Layken, even when things are not easy. 

Layken and Will have an immediate attraction to each other, but when they learn that Will is actually her teacher, things become a bit difficult (to say the least.) Will tries to do the right thing and stay away, but when tragedy strikes Layken, she needs Will more than ever and he is there for her regardless of the consequences. By the end of Slammed, it is clear that their relationship is worth it and they make it work. Then we get to Point of Retreat, and my gosh, it is written from Will's point of view. Do you know how much I LOVED getting inside his head. In this book Will's romantic side really shows. It becomes clear how much he truly loves Layken and he shows it in the sweetest way imaginable.

Another reason Will is lovable is because he is realistic. There is nothing special about him; he isn't a vampire, angel, alien, or whatever. He is simply a really sweet and really great guy. In my opinion, that makes him ten times better than most other characters out there.

Favorite Will Quotes:

"She loves me. She just doesn't like me right now." -Point of Retreat

"I'm telling you to marry me, Lake... because I can't live without you." -Point of Retreat

“My heart pounds against my chest. Not because I'm nervous. Not even because I want her worse that I've ever wanted her before. It's pounding against my chest because I realize I've never been so sure about the rest of my life than I am in this moment. This girl is the rest of my life.” -Point of Retreat

Well, you would realize...

Like I eventually realized...
That all the good things about her?
All the beautiful?
It's not real.
It's fake. 

So you keep your ocean, 
I'll take the Lake.” -Slammed

"Life knows.
Life is trying to tell me
That the girl I love,
The girl I fell
So hard for?
There's room for her in first.
I'm putting her first.” -Slammed

"I love you, Lake...You deserve to come first." -Slammed


  1. Love this post! I totally agree! One of my favorite characters and favorite book series ever!:)

    1. Thanks! I'm glad you like it. This is one of my favorite series as well.

  2. I still have to read this series! It's on my kindle!

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

  3. I loved this post! Of course I love Will. Just wait until book 3, you'll love him even more!

  4. We, my friend, have same taste in this fictional boys! :) Okay I'll share them with you ;)

    1. Haha, thanks for sharing! At least we have good taste.

  5. OMG I just loved these books so hard! I can't wait for Will's POV! Nice post and love the quotes. Makes me want to read this all over again. :)

    1. Yea... as I was putting the post together, all I wanted to do was curl up with these books once again!

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    1. *Let's see if I can do this without stupid spelling mistakes*

      WILL COOPER!!!
      *jumps up and down*

      Now I have the feeling that I need to go back and re-read Slammed and Point of Retreat! Love those books, and love that boy!!
      Great Post!

    2. I want to re-read them so badly. And I just know I am going to have to buy myself new copies when they are released from Atria.

    3. I have had to same urge too! Especially after reading this!!! Such amazing books!!! :) I need to buy myself copies too, so not only will I have the e-books, but the hard copies as well :)

    4. Haha I think we can file this under - problem of a book addict lol

  7. I love you for making Will´s spotlight! He definitelly deserves one.
    Great Post and awesome quotes!

  8. GAHHHH....I really need to read this book! And Will sounds exceptionally hot! And I agree with you 110%...there is just something extra with realistic guys! They make you all hot and bothered! *wink* How old is Will?? I haven't read these books yet, just wondering?


    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair 

    1. If I remember correctly Will is 21. If I am wrong, I'm not off by much.

      Hope you read them soon and love them!

  9. Great post, I am thinking that Character Spotlights might be one of my favorite features! I haven't read this book yet but I like that you are giving me insight to it in a way that makes it even more intriguing. I will be reading Slammed soon!

    1. Yes Slammed is awesome! I seriously hope you love it!

  10. I really like this Character Spotlight! It has been a long time since I have been so emotional about a book like I was when I read Slammed. Will is the kind of guy you want your daughters to look for. Someone who is selfless.

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  12. Slammed is one of the best books I've ever read! Can't wait to read Point of retreat and This girl! I think I'm in love with Will <3 hehe :)


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