Title – Slammed
Author – Colleen Hoover
Series – Slammed, #1
Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.
Slammed is one of those feel-good books that always make me feel like I’m coming home. Colleen Hoover is a mastermind and this was the first book that made me fall in love with her writing. She weaves an intricate tale of how life gets all up in the way and love may not always be as easy as people dream it to be.
“Question everything. You love, your religion, your passions. If you don’t have questions, you’ll never find answers.”
The story may be spectacular, but the characters are what stole the show for me in Slammed. Lake was your average teenager, upset about having to leave everything she has known her senior year of high school. She doesn’t think her new town will have anything of interest, until she meets her neighbor, Will. The circumstances he was put in are similar to ones that I’ve experienced so the story Hoover told hit me in all the important places. I could relate to these characters, and they opened my eyes to feelings and emotions and points of views that I had never previously considered. I understand that my review is being incredibly vague, but Slammed is a story that must be experienced.
“Push your boundaries, that’s what they’re there for.”
There were so many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming when I initially read this novel. However, even when I read it the second time, and knew what was going to come, there was something so exciting and heart-racing about it. The incorporation of Slam Poetry made the story come even further to life. In any big scene or where there needed to be a push of emotion, Hoover did it through the use of a performance or a poem. By doing this, I think that readers really understood the characters on a much deeper level because it packed an extra punch. It put the emphasis on certain scenes and almost made the whole book seem like a slam.
“But we can’t carve pumpkins every night, Lake. One of these nights we’ll eventually have to stop carving pumpkins.”
Slammed is a work that I’ve read more than once and I know I will return to again. Colleen Hoover’s writing is an unforgettable experience that will hook you and leave you wanting more and more. If you are looking for a mesmerizing tale to get lost in, look no further. Slammed is a one of a kind book with characters that feel like friends and a unique story with fresh twists that causes readers to fall in absolute love.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Slammed series:
Point of Retreat (Slammed #2)
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This Girl (Slammed #3)
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Check out an awesome reading of The Lake from Slammed performed by Anthem Poet!