By Colleen Hoover
Publication date: Jan. 5, 2012
Self-published, 314 pages
Source: Purchased for my Kindle
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.
— Goodreads.com description
Oh, goodness me, I love some drama, and boy does Colleen Hoover bring it in Slammed. Reading this book felt like watching General Hospital, and — as someone who LOVED soaps when she was a teen — that’s a good thing.
There’s so many highs and lows in Will and Layken’s relationship that it’s sort of unbelievable, but the ride is so gosh-darned passionate and emotional that you just can’t help but hang on tight and go along with it.
I just stopped writing this review and started laughing for like two minutes, just remembering the plot of this book. I’m not kidding, looking back it’s sort of insane, but it’s also like this TORNADO OF EMOTION and I was just so swept away that I cried and I swooned and oh goodness gracious it’s HOTT.
I’m not even making any sense, am I? Gah.
Let’s just say: If you like books that are jam-packed with emotion and are all sorts of dramatic, this one is going to be a must for you. Same goes for the sequel, Point of Retreat.
PS: A focal point of these books is slam poetry. It’s very well done in the books, but I just HAVE to share this video mocking it…it’s too funny not to!