Friday, February 20, 2015

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Title: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Release Date: January 5, 2012

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Pages: 317

Received: Bought

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★  

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 the 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. [goodreads]

My Thoughts:

Forgive me, but I read this book almost a month ago. But I’m sure I remember most of the reasons of why I enjoyed it. This was my second Colleen Hoover novel and I’m sure it won’t be the last. After picking up "Ugly Love" by Colleen, I had high hopes for this one. It didn't exactly bring back the same emotions, but a whole, completely new response. My face couldn't stop smiling with these two love interests. Even though there were hidden pasts, the novel was crafted in a significant way.

Layken's whole story that left me in awe. Her character was bright and bubbly. With all the twists and turns in the plot, I couldn't help putting the book down and say "oh my....", especially in the beginning! I enjoyed the little things in this book: it's what created Layken's character and made her morals clear.

I had a broad understanding of the themes in "Slammed". The relationships and friendships were all special because we saw the characters change and grow. Will's brother and Layken's brother are best friends in under 2 minutes. Friendship isn't fully realized at a young age, but we get so used to the people we are surrounded with. Sometimes it's so easy to be manipulated to leave your old life and come into a new one. 

The mother and daughter relationship wasn't like a normal, healthy relationship. Secrets hidden beneath brazen charm. But it all worked out in the end, and Layken's choice was her biggest sacrifice. This was when I could see, unclouded and lucid, Layken can determine choices with her own upbringing. Despite the few years of age difference, it never bothered me. But the reason Will stayed away from Layken was his choice and he followed it. I respected both characters, but at times they felt so out of character and became childish. 

There was one thing I didn't mention in this review, and it's on the cover. The way Colleen Hoover described the character's feelings and emotions while also writing deep, heartfelt poetry, proves her expertise in storytelling. This book inspired me to, one day, visit somewhere that had a poetry slam night. I know there are 2 books in this trilogy, but I'm sad to say I will not continue. I know I should experience, other than listening to others. But all the feedback I've read, I have lost hope. But I the future. But please, pick up this novel and Colleen Hoover's other novels.


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