Slammed Series, #1
by Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Arita Books (Sept 2012)
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (314 pages)
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)
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.
At A Glance
This story made me laugh out loud, shout out in joy, and ball my eyes out. And I loved every minute of it. However, the insta-love was just annoying.
Here’s The Story…
Layken lost her father, was forced to move to another state, and has become the person her mother and little brother depend on. It has taken a toll on her emotions. But when she meets her next door neighbor, it feels like something has finally gone right. The first date was amazing. Their connection undeniable. But when certain things are revealed, their possible new relationship is shut down. They cannot be together no matter how much either one wants each other. Now it feels like Layken has lost someone all over again. Will she be able to get over this kind of heartbreak again?
It Feels Like I Got Kicked in My Imaginary Testicles…
Okay, so I have truly cried over two books in my whole life. Slammed has now made it three. I freakin’ brokedown and sobbed as I finished this book. It left me raw and sensitive. I was like a zombie the next day. But it was all totally worth it. This book blew my mind. It dealt with tough issues but it also brought a little more beauty into my life.
Stringing Words Together…
Before I can get into the characters, I have to talk about the poetry. If poetry slams are really like that, then I need to go to one, or a million. I don’t know how Hoover did it but the poetry and words she strung together were awe-inspiring. It made me want to be able to write something like that. Each poem/story left me a little more happy, a little more broken, and a little more amazed.
Layken wasn’t my favy character in the world but she grew on me. She had such passion and so much raw emotions that it was hard not to break a little every time she broke. Her life has been torn apart and now the possible relationship, the possible solace she could have had is dead. Why? That’s a surprise you must find out yourself. At times she acted beyond her years and then she had those teenager moments when she became a brat. It was kind of interesting to watch the back and forth. Truthfully, if I was in her shoes, I would have acted the same way.
Will was both amazing and frustrating. He is so deep and thoughtful it was almost unreal. But the way he dealt with the situation with Layken was pretty childish sometimes. No wonder Layken was pissed off half the time. But Will always had the best intentions. His poetry was the best part for me. Every time he got on that stage to read, I was enthralled.
The One, The Only, Eddie…
Eddie, Layken’s best friend, was all kinds of awesome. She straight up pushed herself into Layken’s life, which is what Layken needed. Eddie is the kind of person who says, “Okay, we are now best friends, you will be hanging out with me tomorrow, and you will be eating with me at lunch for the rest of the school year.” And that’s all in the first two minutes you meet her. I like aggressive and confident people like that.
This is the kind of story that stays with you. I will never forget one single moment. Hoover’s writing weaves a beautiful tale that takes the reader on a emotional rollercoaster. I was often surprised by the turn of events and couldn’t wait to pick this book back up every time I had to put it down. Let’s put it this way, when I finished Slammed, I went and read Point of Retreat right away. I just wanted MORE.
WHY, oh why did Hoover have to make this about insta-love? I think most of you will agree that insta-love has lost its flare. Layken and Will only went on one date and bam, she is balling her eyes out, going through the five stages of grief because they can’t be together. Come. On. It was a little too much for me. It was like Layken’s world was falling apart over ONE DATE! Get over it.
Because of this, I also found myself not liking Layken all the time. She became a major Beotch as she went through her black pit of despair for MONTHS after knowing Will for THREE DAYS. The immature teenager came out so often, it was hard to feel bad for her when she was right. She treated her mother pretty badly too which was sad given the circumstances, which I am not revealing. It has to be a surprise.
Though the insta-love was a no-go for me, I still loved Layken and Will together. It’s like they fit perfectly together. Their romance is very YA, we just get some kissing.
Be ready to be chewed up and spit back out by the emotion monster. You will not leave this book without shedding at least one tear. It’s like Slammed has its own soul. It is a living entity all by itself. Now that’s saying something. Highly recommended.
“I got schooled this year by a boy.
A boy that I’m seriously, deeply, madly, incredibly, and undeniably in love with.
And he taught me the most important thing of all…
To put the emphasis
“Question everything. Your love, your religion, your passion. If you don’t have questions, you’ll never find answers.”
Book #1: Slammed
Book #2: Point of Retreat
Book #3: Untitled