Series: Slammed #1
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date Published: 2012-08-10
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Description: New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover writes a romantic debut novel about a family shattered by a sudden death that leads to two unlikely lovers forming an intricate bond.
Following the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and her younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.
One young man brings change to all of this. After moving across the country, Layken meets her attractive twenty-one-year-old neighbor, who has an intriguing passion for slams. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after a 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 forces that tear them apart.
I feel like I’ve been in a reading rut lately because a lot of the books I’ve read have just been a little meh. How do you know when you’re in a reading rut? Well, when you finally read a book that is excellent, you feel it! You just have this exciting tingly feeling inside when a book finally reaches through your meh state and makes you say OMG I can’t put this down! So you tweet about it.
Started reading Slammed by @colleenhoover while working out and now I don’t want to put it down. THIS is how it feels to read a good book.
— Julie S. (@juliecookies) January 12, 2014
And then the awesome authoress favorites your tweet, and then you just die.
I finally read Slammed, FINALLY people! Yes, I’m a CoHo fan, but it is her Hopeless book that got me so addicted to her. So when I finally got around to reading Slammed, I gotta admit I was really expecting it to be awesomesause but also a bit worried that maybe it won’t be as good as I expect and what if I don’t like it? Pfft, why did I worry? CoHo is awesome. I immediately loved the writing style and the reading flowed so effortlessly that it made me wonder why do I even struggle with boring books when I can read something like this and it feels so good.
Okay so this book deals with some serious topics but it does so gently and smoothly. I liked how Will and Lake’s connection was based on their similar backgrounds and situations and they were able to help each other through some hard times. Their reactions when they found out why they can’t be together right now was kind of funny and I understand why Will wanted to let Lake go. Of course this being a romance novel, there will be some kind of issue keeping them apart until like the last bit of the book, but it did get kind of annoying with the back and forth. This is an aspect I am just not fond of in romance novels, and that might be what cost this book half a star lol. I really enjoyed all the poetry and the funny friendship between Lake and Eddie. I also liked how Will’s brother and Lake’s brother just hit it off forcing Will and Lake to continue to be in each others’ lives so they could figure out how much they needed and wanted each other. I loved all the emphasis put on family in this book, but also on living and following your heart. I loved Lake’s Mother and all the great advice she shared.
This is how I felt after finishing the book, and immediately moved onto the sequel, Point of Retreat.