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Slammed“That’s not a good idea.” – Slammed, by Colleen Hoover

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 sudden 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 poetry slams. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense 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.

I was hesitant to read this book because of all the hype. I wanted to love it, and I did.

I like when the main character actually acts like a pretty girl – primps and cares about how she looks, rather than this whole “average-looking girl changes hot boy’s life” scenario that is running rampant.

I love good twists and turns that aren’t unbelievable. I actually caught my breath, did an audible “ah!” followed by a sarcastic laugh during the advertised “shocking revelation.”

I was afraid the poetry slam part of the book would be a turn off for being cheesy or trying too hard, but it was clever and moved the story along.

The Avett Brothers’ song lyrics open each chapter and the band itself is used throughout the story, which was cute.

The overall message of the book was so positive and uplifting about life and the things that happen to you along the way, that the story of Lake and the connections she makes during a difficult time is just an added bonus.

I’ve been reading a lot of this “new adult” genre lately, and this book was worthy of my first recommendation.

The sequel to Slammed, Point of Retreat, is also available.


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