Thursday, April 10, 2014

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: September 18th, 2012


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hopeless and Losing Hope.
Falling in love can feel like poetry. Or it can feel like a slam to the heart.

Colleen Hoover’s romantic, emotion-packed debut novel unforgettably captures all the magic and confusion of first love, as two young people forge an unlikely bond before discovering that fate has other plans for them.

Following the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken becomes the rock for both her mother and younger brother. She appears resilient and tenacious, but inside, she's losing hope. Then she meets her new neighbor Will, a handsome twenty-one-year-old whose mere presence leaves her flustered and whose passion for poetry slams thrills her.

Not long after a heart-stopping first date during which each recognizes something profound and familiar in the other, they are slammed to the core when a shocking discovery brings 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. Only through the poetry they share are they able to speak the truth that is in their hearts and imagine a future where love is cause for celebration, not regret.


I really don't know what took me so long to read "Slammed" by Colleen Hoover. I haven't read all of her books, but the ones that I have read, sucked me in so far that I lost track of time. This book did just that. I couldn't tear my eyes away from the pages. I read this book in 4 ½ hrs. Seriously. Oh and did I mention that I cried during different parts throughout this whole book... Yep bawled like a baby too.

On the first meeting of Layken or Lake, she's leaving everything behind because of the death of her father. She resents her mother of course for making her pack up and leave. She is a funny, strong, independent 18 year old that takes everything that is being handed to her. When she arrives in Michigan, her new home, she immediately meets Will. 

Before I got further... I do think their instant attraction was a bit rushed and would have liked more of a build of it... However we learn why that can't happen. 

Will, the sexy neighbor instantly draws himself to Lake. The two had little choice especially when Kel, Lake's younger brother and Caulder, Will's younger brother hit it off immediately and become friends. They were inseparable throughout the book. With the instant attraction between Will and Lake I felt like we were going to get so much more than we did in the beginning... But we didn't. But that's okay! 

Eddie, a girl in one of Lake's classes instantly befriends her and she is exactly what Lake needs. Eddie is a funny and crazy girl and I definitely was laughing whenever she was around. Lake's mom was simply amazing! She was the type of mom that was there for advice and wasn't needy or always on top of Lake. I think everyone would want a mom like her. She didn't over crowd and she was there when you needed her. 

Their affection toward each other comes to a rough halt when certain things come to light. Would they be able to go on? Would they suffer? Would things ever be the same between the two? So many things hit home in this book. It was hard to read it without thinking of my Life. I highly recommend this book and I can't wait to read the next installment!

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