MY REVIEW (written in two day segments lol):
UGLY Cry Alert!!!
5+ stars! I honestly shouldn’t even be writing a review right now, because I’m mid-wallow and still blowing my nose and trying to regain vision through the tears. Therefore, a full review will be written tomorrow lol.
… And now it’s tomorrow!
I didn’t even have a chance to sleep on my thoughts of the book, I just dove into the next in the series (which I’m already half way through BTW). It’s been a while since I couldn’t help myself like this, so thank you Colleen for getting me back into my groove! I’ve been a little bit unfocused lately. I’ve read some great books too, but for some reason I’m still easily distracted… until now! It’s a good thing that great books are timeless too, because I’m a bit behind the crowd on this one. I’m so far behind on everything in life, and my TBR pile is overwhelming right now. I actually decided to read a Colleen Hoover book over the weekend, because over the last few years she’s quickly become my favorite author, and I knew I could depend on her works to pull me out of my chaotic mind set. TOTALLY WORKED too! I’m only upset that it’s taken me so long to choose this series!
As with all the other books of Colleen’s that I’ve read, Slammed is so much more than a love story. It covers other issues in life that everyone has a brush with at some point, and the outlook is phenomenal… therapeutic even. Death, and the different ways people grieve the loss of loved ones play a huge part in this book. It covers the hard things that most authors avoid. The basics that go beyond that of the original shock of dying. Time has a way of curving and molding emotions. What I loved most about Slammed, is that no matter how different peoples circumstances are, or what phase of grieving they may be in, it’s still possible help one another along the way.
After the unexpected death of her father, Layken or ‘Lake’, is forced to move from Texas to Michigan. She’s just turned 18 and is dreading having to finish her last year of high school in a new place. Her little brother Kel is an adorable 9 year old, with so much spunk, and with such an outstanding personality, he has no problem adapting. Lake’s mom told them that the move was because of financial reasons, but as they all soon find out… finances are the least of this grieving family’s problems.
The very day they move in, they meet the neighbors across the street. Will is a handsome poet in his early twenties, who’s the older brother to Caulder. They had recently lost their parents in a car accident, and Will is raising his little brother alone. Caulder is also 9, and he’s equally as adorable as Kel. They instantly become best friends, much like Lake and Will have an instant pull to one another. (sounds a little too convenient, I know, but it’s written perfectly. So it totally doesn’t feel that way. As cheesy as this sounds, It does actually feel like destiny!) They wind up going on a first date to a poetry slam night, and the emotions they have is nearly incomprehensible.
Unfortunately, life throws a gigantic roadblock at them before the relationship can have a chance at being a real one. The two have to use their heads to separate themselves from their hearts, and still be there to support one another along the emotional ride that is their reality.
I love the build up, the tension, the characters, the love, the heartache. I really just LOVE every aspect of this book!!! I also LOVE that the second book has started out from the POV of Will, rather than Lake, as it’s already so well-rounded and an awesome read! Colleen is really living up to her popularity… No wonder I love her so much!
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.