Slammed Review

February 17, 2014 Reviews 13 ★★★★½

Slammed ReviewSlammed by Colleen Hoover
Series: Slammed #1
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date Published: 2012-08-10
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Pages: 352
Rating: four-half-stars
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.


Julie Review Avatar Julie’s Review:

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.





And then the awesome authoress favorites your tweet, and then you just die.


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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.

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Rating Report
Overall: 4.4

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13 Responses to “Slammed Review”

  1. Reviews From A Bookworm

    I read this quite a while ago, in fact it was one of the first reviews that I did for the blog. I ended up absolutely loving it, which surprised me as I wasn’t expecting to. It was my first New Adult and it really got me into the genre. I found the slam poetry aspect really brilliant. I loved Layken and Will together and I rooted for them the whole time. Great review 🙂
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    • Julie

      🙂 I know, now I want to go hear some slam poetry live.
      I don’t know if I would consider this New Adult since the main character is in high school. Well, the female main character. The male character is New Adult. So maybe it can go either way. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Beth Thomason

    I went searching for a blog named Chapter Break because I am a die hard CoHo fan and I thought MAN! someone needs a book blog with that name and then WHALAH! I was so excited to read this. Slammed was my first Colleen Hoover book and I’m always shocked when people haven’t read it. I have to admit Point of Retreat is my fave. I was just so stoked someone already had a blog inspired by Chapter Break I just had to tell you. 😉

    • Julie

      Thanks 🙂 As it turns out we’re not the only ones who had the idea, but it is an awesome blog name =)

    • Julie

      Thanks 🙂
      I don’t always use GIFs, but when I do, I have to include a Dean Winchester 🙂

  3. Dianne Galang

    I am totally hooked with this series 🙂
    Wasn’t able to sleep because i can’t stop reading

    • Julie

      It is such a good feeling when a book keeps you up at night because you just can’t stop reading 🙂

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