Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Slammed (Slammed, #1)

(Slammed #1)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Published: February 14, 2013
Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Contemporary



Layken’s father died suddenly, leaving her to gather every ounce of strength to be a pillar for her family, in order to prevent their world from falling apart. Now her life is taking another unexpected turn…
Layken’s mother gets a job which leads to an unwanted move across country. However, a new home means new neighbours… and Layken’s new neighbour is the very attractive Will Cooper.
Will has an intriguing passion for slam poetry, and a matching passion for life. The two feel an irresistible attraction but are rocked to the core when a shocking revelation brings their romance to a screeching halt.
Layken and Will must find a way to fight the forces that threaten to tear them apart… or learn to live without each other.

“Life happens. Shit happens. And it happens a lot. To a lot of people.”

I loved that the book focused on the stages of grief and the significance of healing other than the romance. However, I feel like I would’ve enjoyed this book so much more if there wasn’t the infamous insta-love. I lost my connection with the book the moment Layken “Lake” Cohen and Will Cooper became emotionally attached to each other in an instant. Would it have been better if they started off as “friends” rather than having their relationship fast-forwarded to “forbidden love”?

The best parts of this book were Lake and her family’s interactions. There were times when I found myself having the difficulty to take everything in because of the tear-jerking exchange of dialogues between her and her mom. And oh, I loved the poetry that the characters rendered. And Kel and Caulder are adorable kids, too.

I conclude that Slammed wasn’t one of those Colleen Hoover books that gave me such an indefinable feeling. It wasn’t as good and unforgettable as November 9 and Confess, but I loved the life lessons that it inspired as a whole. But please, no more insta-love. Please.

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