Thursday, September 20, 2012

Review ~ Slammed by Colleen Hoover


By Colleen Hoover

4 out of 5 STARS

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.

ARC provided by Netgalley
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First I have to say I am not a fan of the cover.  BUT, I'm so glad I looked past that and gave this a try.  A few friends on Goodreads with similar tastes raved about this so I had to give it a try.  I am SO GLAD I did!    This was a beautiful story with heartbreak in more ways than one, great character strength and a strong sense of family connection/responsibility. 

We meet Layken as she is pulling into their new home in Michigan having just moved from Texas.  Her father died just a few months before and times are hard for her mom so the move takes place.  Within minutes of arriving, her little brother Kel finds a friend in the form of Caulder.  Soon we see that Caulder has a good looking older brother by the name of Will.

I can't say too much for fear of giving anything away.  Sparks fly immediately between Layken and Will but soon they are put to the test as a very unfortunate circumstance takes place.  

This was a really beautifully written story with many emotions coming into play.  A heartbreaking situation takes this to a whole new level as the characters have to find their strength and balance in the world. 

I totally recommend this.    I have never read anything with slam poetry before and this was amazing!  Such passion comes right off the page.  I also have to admit, this book had me in tears.  


  1. Ooh, I've had this one recommended too but kept putting it off. I'm right there with you on the cover. Does absolutely nothing for me either. Glad the books good though. The slam poetry sounds interesting. Definitely something I haven't seen in my reading yet!


    1. It was really good! I loved how passionate the slam poetry was. Cover aside, this was a great read.


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