Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

SlammedSlammed by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Don’t you just love that feeling you get when something really takes you by surprise. I mean, when you’re expecting something and you have all these scenarios run through your mind then when you finally find out what has been lurking beyond the next page, you’re completely and utterly surprised.

Synopsis: 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.

Man. When Layken and Will got “slammed to the core” I felt it right along with them. My mind started racing; I wanted to find a way for them to get out of this situation. With every revelation Layken experienced, I found myself shocked. There are some deep seated emotions filling the pages of this book.

Great characters. Exceptional story. Clever plot. Colleen Hoover should be commended for such an excellent work of fiction. She skillfully moves the story along using poetry and some, if not all, of the poems are powerful.

I did have one teensy-tiny quibble: going by the educational system in Arkansas (the only one with which I have experience), turning eighteen in September means you’ve already graduated high-school, unless you’ve been held back a year. The cut off is the first week of October. This means when Layken moves to Michigan in September, she should be starting college, not her senior year of high school. I’m just saying… That’s the only reason I didn’t give this a five star rating. It gets 4.99 stars from me.

Putting that tiny quibble aside, Slammed lives up to its title, poetically and emotionally. It even made me want to write poetry again. Something I hadn’t considered in several years. And, I’m thinking I might have to invest in some of The Avett Brothers’ music, if the lyrics that accompany each chapter are any indication, they’ll fit perfectly into some of my play lists.

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