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“WOW! Loved it, read it in one day. This one had my heart in knots almost the whole time.”see full review » see other reviews »
This is a new adult novel that really spoke to me. I read this during the time I was taking care of my grandma. She was home with hospice and she has passed, but this book really helped me cope with knowing any moment could be my last with her, and then also after the fact.
It is a story of loss, of impending loss, and moving forward afterwards. Our character s struggle with it and learn their own ways of coping.
Layken is our MC. She has just lost her father with the start of the book. She's figuring out how to keep going and suddenly she has another great obstacle that she is facing.
Then we have Will. He lost both his parents tragically, and he had to learn to go on, and deal with what he's been handed. Will teaches Layken ways to cope and express her feelings with death and loss. (The poetry in this is AMAZING!)
We have such amazing characters beside that of Will and Layken. They each touch your heart, and their stories will break it at times. I loved how much not only our main character grow, but how our sub characters do also.
This is a great book. It really spoke to me and I think it would to anyone feeling with grief. This is only book one in the series, but doubt if I will ever read the next books. This felt like complete story, and felt like with the ending, that's all you really need. This is definitely a novel I would recommend to others!”
“So I was very apprehensive about reading this book as it seemed like a normal boring romance, but it is a real tear jerker with many life truth in it. Loved the slam poetry aspect and the mother daughter relationship. A must read easy feel good novel. Hard to put down. Loved the part of the pink balloons. It inspired me to let loose some of my own pink balloons.”Monique de Waal wrote this review Monday, August 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good fast read.”Karen M wrote this review Wednesday, July 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the first book I have read by Colleen Hoover and it certainly will NOT be the last. I am a new fan and Ms Hoover is added to my auto-buy list. Gee whiz, what a book! As you may be able to tell, I absolutely loved Slammed and I am excited to read Point of Retreat and then This Girl. Slammed was full to the brim with emotion and intense romance with such addiction that I couldn’t put it down. The characters are all so lovable and the quirky behaviour of Layken, her brother Kel and mother, Julia was fun.
After the tragic and unexpected loss of her Father, Layken (Lake), Kel and their Mum moved to Michigan. Layken has been the strong one for Kel and her Mum, trying to help Kel cope with the loss. Driving the moving truck, Layken pulls into their new home. Kel hops out and finds a new best friend within 5 minutes. Caulder lives across the street and they are the same age of 9. Next Will comes to investigate; he is Caulder’s older brother and sole carer. There seemed to be a connection with Lake and Will at first site.
Will asks Lake out on a date and takes her to a club where he is a regular, but only because Thursday’s is open mike night. This is something very strange to Lake, but she is curious. Will introduces Lake to slamming, a way of expressing yourself with poetry. Will loves slamming and loves watching the performances. Lake is speechless, but she loves it.
Will and Lake become instant friends and hopefully more; they love hanging out together and with their brothers getting so close, it is inevitable that their relationship would progress. With the start of school, it is discovered that rightfully Will and Lake cannot be together. UH-OH!
Well, this isn’t how it was meant to go! Now that they know, their plans have come to a halt. There is no way they are allowed to become more than friends. There is so much frustration and tension between them that it affects Lake’s school work. How will they manage to keep apart? What will Julia think of everything? Julia is pretty cool and relaxed, but even she has boundaries when it comes to these types of relationships.
Can Lake and Will overcome their situation and say bugger it all, we need to be together? What will everybody think?
I love the interactions between Lakes little family; how they allow Kel to have a backwards day where he does and says everything backwards. It’s fantastic! And how Lake has tantrums, just like a normal teenager, but most times she is the mature sister that puts Kel first. The writing style was extremely easy to read and the intense emotion within, man, I was sobbing along with Lake throughout. This is definitely a must read to everybody!!
“Actual rating:3.5”Kristen P wrote this review Wednesday, July 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Had been recommended this book but was unsure; the cover screamed 50 shades and would rather chew off my arm then read another awful book like that trash. Luckily, this was a great read. I found the poetry slams fascinating and the characters were so good it made it less easy to take the ridiculousness of some of the storylines. I really can't recommend this highly enough and there were so many reasons I loved it.
For my full in depth review for the book please go to: http://reviewsfromabookworm.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/slammed-by-colleen-hoover-review.html”
“Want to read something that will REALLY move you? I admit, I was afraid that after reading another of author Colleen Hoover’s books, Slammed would not keep my warm and fuzzy glow going…not to worry, though! Once again, I am still floating in the glow of this intensely romantic book. Laken has recently lost her father, and her family is devastated. To make things worse, the three of them have moved from the Texas heat to Ypsilanti, a rather plain town in lower central Michigan, where snow is possible in September. Enter Will, her neighbor from across the street, three years older than her, handsome, charismatic and a genuinely warm person. Like two magnets, they are drawn deeply to each other. But, reality reared its ugly head and morally and ethically they could not stay together. How do they tell that to their hearts?
If you don’t get emotional reading this completely believable book, better check to see if you have a pulse! Colleen Hoover has written a modern day love story that will rock your senses with characters who will break your heart as they attempt to do the right thing.
Go ahead, sit back, live in the moment with this book, get lost in the tender side and reel at the cruel side. Everyone should find love like this, no one should have to fight so hard to keep it.
Publication Date: August 10, 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
Series: Slammed, #1
Number of Pages: 352
Recommended Age: YA, new Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 5 stars
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“This was a page turner. I definitely wanted to find out if Layken would get together with her neighbor. There were plenty of obstacles in the way. I love when there is a male in the story who is amazing, but you wonder if he is being a jerk. Then you find out he did what he did for a reason that makes decent sense.”D.A. Roach wrote this review Friday, June 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Slammed was such an unexpected surprised for me. I was expecting a book that simply held my attention and that I could finish while saying that it was pretty good. Instead I got a book that made me smile, laugh, and cry; it’s a book that left me reeling and in serious need of a hug.
Lake, is 18 years old and in her last year of high school. She’s lost her father, but has had a few months to pick up the pieces and now she’s dealing with moving to a new town. She certainly wasn’t expecting to having feelings for a guy so quickly and I think it’s safe to say that neither of us were expecting the whirlwind of emotion that followed after. I can’t even gush and go into detail, because it’s something you need to read for yourself. Will Cooper is sweet and supportive guy with a lot on his plate…and did I mention he’s a poet? Yeah. Are you swooning yet? I am, give me poet any day. If you couldn’t guess part of the book revolves around slam poetry, which revolves around performance as well. So I was uncertain how that was going to translate in book form, but Hoover manages to make it dynamic and emotional just like it’s supposed to be. So emotional that I had pause several times just so I could collect myself. Eddie, who promptly makes herself Lake’s new best friend, is a relaxed ball of fun. At first I was a bit putt off by her personality, because it’s kind of there all at once but she’s hard to dislike. She’s intuitive, a great listener, and she seems like the sort of person who would stick by a person no matter what difficulties.
The overall story is rather short and also rather addictive. I blazed through this in one sitting. I did have one single complaint and that was how quickly the romance began, it was so close to “insta-love”…but I have to say that compared to the overall plot it’s not that big a deal.
If I’m being honest, I’m having a really hard time even describing how much I enjoyed this book. It’s rare that a book leaves me vulnerable. I’m not a crier, the last time a book left me wanting to bawl was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. There are books that make me choke up slightly, but not very many that bring actual tears. Even though this book broke my heart at times it also had me feeling warm about the relationships in it. If you haven’t read this and you’re looking for a New Adult novel to read I completely recommend it.”
“A quick, fun, easy read, more of a 3.5-star than just a 3. This story is like a G-rated version of Alison Espach's novel, The Adults. Slammed is a girl-meets-boy tale with a lot of heart, a lot of sweetness, and a lot of really beautiful scenes. (Like the boys dressing up as cancerous lungs for Halloween? I loved that!) I'm glad this author has found bestseller success; I enjoyed her characters and her story. ”Booklover Zen wrote this review Sunday, May 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No