Read: April 2012
Publisher: WAS self-published by author. NOW Atria Books BUY NOW
Source: Purchased on Kindle
Category: Contemporary YA/New Adult
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.
I'm just going to start off by saying: I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Seriously. It is one of my favorite books of this year. And I'm so thrilled that Colleen Hoover is another self-published author whose book has been picked up by a publisher. Although I own the original version of the book, I think I'm going to have to buy and read the newly edited story. I loved it THAT much.
5 reasons why I LOVED Slammed.
- Slam Poetry - I’m not going to lie, I was really nervous about reading a book that features slam poetry, because it seemed cheesy to me (clearly, I had no idea what I was talking about). I can’t believe how beautiful and moving performance poetry can be. The book made me want to hop on a plane to find Club N9NE and hear Will and Lake perform. WOW. I still have chills thinking about the pieces in the book.
- The Avett Brothers - I must confess that I didn't know who they were before I read Slammed. But I've since added a lot of their music to my iPod. Every chapter in Slammed begins with a lyric from one of their songs, which fits the story beautifully, and it's very clear just how much Colleen Hoover LOVES this band. She made me love them as well.
- The Plot - I didn’t know a lot about this story before I started it and I’m actually really glad that I didn’t. I love that the direction that the book takes SURPRISED me. The conflict that the characters face doesn’t happen because one of them is keeping secrets or acting stupidly, which is a common complaint of mine about YA contemporary fiction. I've been on the lookout for fresh, unconventional plot lines and I found what I was looking for (and more!) in this book.
- Will and Layken - I LOVE them individually and even more together. I love that I GOT why they were drawn to each other. The story is told from Lake's perspective and I love that I FELT her emotions as she experienced them. I wanted to cry and shout and laugh and sigh along with her, and that is a mark of an excellent book to me. And Will I fell for as soon as he performed his first slam (although he was pretty awesome all along). I love him for many other reasons as well. But most are spoilers, so you'll have to read the book to find out for yourself how awesome he is.
- Kel and Caulder's Halloween Costume - I love Lake's mom for making it, the boys (Will and Lake's brothers) for rocking it, and Lake for defending it. The whole scene surrounding The Costume was one of my favorite parts of the book. It said a lot about every character in the story and made me love them more.
As Will says, sometimes life gets in the way. Boy does it get in the way of these characters (it gets all up in their damn way), and they have to figure out how to face it and keep moving forward. The resulting story is one that is heart breaking. But it is also life affirming and brought me joy. Seriously, it was the perfect combination of everything. The book would also not have been as good without its amazing cast of characters. From Will and Lake to Kel and Caulder and Eddie and Gavin and Julia. I loved them all.
Book two is called Point of Retreat and it's just as excellent as Slammed!
Rating: 5 stars!!!!!
Love Triangle Factor: None!