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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Slammed ~Review


"So you keep


your ocean, 

I'll take the Lake."






Back of Book:
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 Laymen form an intense emotional connection, leaving Laymen with a renewed sense of hope. Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a choking 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. 

The back of the book is deceiving. It makes it sound like this book is sad. In reality, it's an absolutely incredible story. This is one of Colleen Hoover's first books. What I've learned is that her first few novels are from one person's view point, instead of multiple people. Although I really enjoy multiple view points, I still really enjoyed Slammed. 

Probably my favorite part of this novel was the poverty. It was fantastic. I loved reading Will's slams, he just had a way of expressing his feelings that made my heart beat quicken. I love how passionate Will is about his brother, and how selfless he truly is. 

I'm still astonished by how relatable Hoover's character are. I know that I haven't been anywhere near the same situation as most of her characters, but I can't help but feel connected to them. I know what they are going through and I understand why they react the way that they do. I'm chalking that up to just being an incredible author. If you haven't learned by now, Colleen Hoover is my favorite author. If you haven't read one of her books yet, I highly recommend that you start with this one. Her characters are funny, entertaining, relatable, charismatic, and once the book is over, you want to open it and start it again. 

I love the sense of humor that Lake and Will have. I love Lake's mom and I love the little brothers. They  make me smile and quite literally, laugh our loud. 

This novel was gripping. As soon as I read the first chapter, I was hooked. I absorbed as much information as I could with each page. As I've come to realize with Hoover's novels, they end too soon. I want to know more. I want to read more about that characters I've fallen in love with. But in no way am I unsatisfied with how it ends. I love each ending she creates. I just wish it wasn't finished. I'm sad to see the characters I love so much, go.

But over all, incredible read. I highly recommend Slammed to anyone who will listen. 

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