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.
Slammed isn’t the type of book wherein readers just witness how the story of the main characters go (fall in love and suddenly there’s a certain hindrance for them to be able to pursue their love for each other). Colleen Hoover and Slammed gives us more than that.
I’ve read and reviewed Slammed over my previous blog a couple of years back already. Recently, I had the urge to reread it and I did end up doing it. Thus, the appearance of this book review here.
Slammed didn’t just present us the rainbows and unicorn moments in a person’s life but it reminded us about the most inevitable matter in life, death. Everything about this book is realistic and something that all of us can really easily relate to. We are treated with a front row seat of the highs and lows a family could experience. Portrayals of days wherein a person experiences pure bliss and days wherein life just felt the need to pull the rug under our feet. All we can do is learn and suck it all up.
Throughout the novel bits and pieces of life lessons were injected. The story finds its way to touch our hearts and impart something to us, readers. It touches, teaches and makes us feel. I can confidently say that no amount of time that you allotted into reading this book will be put to waste.
Let’s talk about the main characters, shall we? This is just going to be a quick run down.
Layken and Will. They are just so adorable together. Even when a huge bomb was dropped on us, I was still rooting for them and just all the way hoping for everything to work out in the end. Will got me swooning and he’s definitely now a part of my Book Boyfriend list! His poems, everything was wonderful.
Poetry absolutely played a big role in this book. I love the whole concept of it and how it was weaved through the story. Learning more about the characters through slam poetry made my reading experience for Slammed entirely unique. I haven’t read any book which presented its characters and characterizations through that particular artistic way. Because with just a single poem, it felt like I was given an opportunity to get to know more about them in a deeper sense and in turn made me feel a lot towards them. Their happiness turned into my own happiness and their heartaches turned into my own heartaches. Better prepare your heart before reading this book. Not to mention, those poems were powerful, moving and just perfect.
I would also love to have a person like Julia Cohen, Layken’s mom, in my life. READ THE EPILOGUE and you’ll know why. There were big fat tears in my eyes when I was reading that part. It was a straight-up beautiful moment for Lake and Will.
Kel and Caulder. What a cutie duo they make! Talking backwards and all that, I want to give them a tight hug. At such a young age they have already experienced so many things in life. Even life altering situations but they still managed to come out strong and be just like any other kid. I’m thankful that they’ve got each other’s back now and will forever be buddies.
Slammed is unique, utterly realistic, filled with life lessons, amazing poetry, swoon-worthy male lead character and oh well romance. What more could you ask for, dear readers? Slammed is a complete package already and all you need to do is pick it up in the bookstores near you!
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!