Series: Slammed #1
Published by Atria Books on August 10th 2012
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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Also by this author: Hopeless
Falling in love can feel like poetry. Or it can feel like a slam to the heart.
Colleen Hoover’s romantic, emotion-packed debut novel unforgettably captures all the magic and confusion of first love, as two young people forge an unlikely bond before discovering that fate has other plans for them.
Following the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken becomes the rock for both her mother and younger brother. She appears resilient and tenacious, but inside, she's losing hope. Then she meets her new neighbor Will, a handsome twenty-one-year-old whose mere presence leaves her flustered and whose passion for poetry slams thrills her.
Not long after a heart-stopping first date during which each recognizes something profound and familiar in the other, they are slammed to the core when a shocking discovery brings 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. Only through the poetry they share are they able to speak the truth that is in their hearts and imagine a future where love is cause for celebration, not regret.
Oh. My. Goodness. Colleen Hoover has done it again. This book left me, well quite honestly, Slammed. The first book I ever read by this author was Hopeless, and I’ve since labeled it one of my all time favorite books, and “Slammed” is certainly joining the ranks. Based on the synopsis, I knew something big was going to happen that would force Layken and Will apart. But, the actually cause, and every twist and turn after, well those are things I did not see coming. I love that the book features the Avett Brothers and slam poetry, both of which I’m a big fan of. I believe that this is the type of book that can appeal to a pretty broad age group, which is one thing I’m always looking for when reading a book. I’m sixteen, and I like to ask myself if I’ll still like this book in, say, ten years. With Slammed, I think that is a very likely possibility and I feel it has definite reread potential. Y’all should definitely check it out!