Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Publication Date: January 1st, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars


After the unexpected death of her father forces eighteen year old Layken and her family to move across the country, away from everyone and everything she knows, her outlook on life is anything but hopeful.

Enter Will Cooper: the attractive twenty-one year old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry. After a night together that turns out to be everything but the expected, both Layken and Will are left with feelings they never knew they could have. Unfortunately in Layken’s life, things are never what they seem. Just as quickly as it develops, their relationship is derailed by a shocking revelation, sparking a tumultuous battle between their hearts and their ethics.

As if the dramatic turn of events in her life isn’t enough, Layken is slammed again when her mother reveals a secret of her own. A secret so intense, all of Layken’s current problems pale in comparison to her seemingly insurmountable future. Unable to confront the changes that lie ahead of her, Layken ignores her conscience as she turns to Will for solace. Struggles ensue as both Layken and Will search for a balance between that which keeps them apart and the feelings that pull them together.

It started like a normal YA romance; girl meets boy, girl gets annoyed by too-forward boy but couldn’t stop being all, omg-he’s-so-adorbs! In a span of a week, these two creatures found themselves surrounded by floating hearts, y’all. And then, the unsuspecting plot twist came and shot every floating hearts over their heads. How rude.

If you can get past the mild cheddah in the beginning, you’ll end up wondering why this book never made it to your Kindle earlier. This turned out to be one of those, omg! Is that the time? How have I read this book in a little less than three hours?! And something else…how did the author manage to make this insta-love romance endearing and not at all annoying?

My eyes are burning and I’m fighting off the urge to tape my lids open.

I should’ve downloaded the second part of this series right away because, heck, I didn’t get much sleeping done after reading Slammed anyway. It was addictive and had the annoying ability to make you think long after you’re done reading. And if that’s not what will keep you awake, it’ll be the heavy pressure on your chest that will not dissipate as fast as you want it to.

The beginning was a lot of telling but as the story progressed, I found myself ignoring it – distracted by the fantastic plotline, beautiful poetry, humorous scenarios and dialogues and lovely, well fleshed out characters. And dear God. Did this book make me cry. A lot.

VERDICT: Two words: WILL COOPER. Gah. Box of tissues required.

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