Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

August 15, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: January, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance, YA
Pages: 314
Series: Slammed
    Point of Retreat 

    Synopsis (from Goodreads):
    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 a debut novel by Colleen Hoover, and I really wanted to love it. I'm having a hard time rating it because I liked it, but I guess, I was not emotionally invested it in. The writing was very addictive; I just could not put it down, and had to know what happened next. When I finished reading it, I was satisfied with it rather than abso-freaking-lutey lovin it.

         The story is about dealing with grief, accepting reality, and moving on with life. Layken aka Lake moves to Michigan after her father's death with her mother and younger brother. Will lives across the street from Lake, and has an instant attraction towards her. Their romance was too fast yet completely believable. I've seen or read their type of story so many times that I was not excited about this one. One thing that did work for me were the secondary characters. I just loved Eddie, and I wanted her to be my best friend. She is such a refreshing character, and I loved reading her parts in the book.

         The highlight of the story was slam poetry. I didn't even know what it was, but when I read Blue Sweater, I was completely blown away. Now, I'm not a poetry fan, so it was shocking to realize that I loved it every single one of the slams. Just for that, I'll read the next book. It's not that I didn't enjoy it; Slammed was a really good read, and I would definitely recommend it. It's just that I didn't feel the main character's emotions that much, and was not really connected to them. I'll read the next book in the series in hopes that it will be better than this one, and we'll get to know more about them as a couple.


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