Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Posted January 2nd, 2013 in book review / 18 comments


Slammed Series, #1

by Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Arita Books (Sept 2012)
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (314 pages)
Source: NetGalley
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.

The Good
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.

His Lake…
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.

Her Boy…
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.

The Bad
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.

The Snuggly
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.

Final Thoughts
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
On life.” 


“Question everything. Your love, your religion, your passion. If you don’t have questions, you’ll never find answers.” 

Slammed Series:
Book #1: Slammed
Book #2: Point of Retreat
Book #3: Untitled

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18 Responses to “Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover”

  1. Sarah Elizabeth

    Wow! Sounds like I’d better have a box of tissues handy when I read this one! Sounds like a real emotional rollercoaster! Have heard such good things about this book so I’m glad that you liked it.
    Screaming and crying after 1 date does seem a little excessive. I don’t think you can ever really know someone that well after one date!

  2. Elisa

    Dang, sounds crazy good. I hadn’t heard about it yet. Thanks for the intro – I will have to pick it up and read when I can handle the emotion and the insta-love 🙂

  3. Ashley

    Fabulous review!!! I cried at the end too O_O I totally agree with you about Eddie. I LOVED HER!! And yes.. the insta-love.. ugh. I’m really curious to see what you think of the second book. I think I gave Slammed the same rating you did but I gave Point of Retreat like 2 stars because Layken got even WORSE! It was that same kind of really immature bratty attitude but like x5 million.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      WHAT! I liked Point of Retreat. Yes, Layken doesn’t change much but it was just as emotional as this one for me. Not sure what I am going to give it yet though. maybe 4 stars, maybe 3.5.

    • Ashley

      I think Layken just annoyed me way too much. 😛 I felt like the entire central conflict was totally absurd (the whole “How do I know you’d still love me if our circumstances were different??” thing). I just felt really sorry for Will because I thought Layken was being really unfair to him.

      I’m really glad you liked it though! <3

    • Jennifer Bielman

      It was such a silly reason to stay broken up, I will give you that. I think what I liked about the book was near the end, with all the huge stuff happening and how they got back together.

  4. Faye (Daydreaming_Star)

    This soundd like an interesting read but I’d be wary of the insta-love! I have heard Colleen is a great writer though so I may get to it at some point. Thanks for the great review Jennifer!

  5. The Readdicts

    Oh damn! I’m so sorry about the previous comments! I thought… I don’t know what I was thinking. Sorry for that!
    I agree that it was insta-love between Lake and Will, but honestly, like you said, Slammed made me laugh! It was the perfect read! But now that I think of it, you do have a valid point in saying that Lake crying over Will when she didn’t even know him all THAT well was a bit too much! Nonetheless, I read it and Point Of Retreat back to back and loved every minute of it! Lovely review, Jennifer!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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