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review 2016-08-07 20:38
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Slammed - Colleen Hoover

This was my first Colleen Hoover book and it was fantastic.  I fell in love with her writing style and how she tells the story.  The characters in this book were fantastic and there were so many surprises throughout the book.  I didn't expect to fall in love with this book as much as I did.  It was a fantastic read and I can't wait to finish reading this series.  

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review 2016-06-17 00:00
Slammed
Slammed - Colleen Hoover Loved this books! It pulled on my heart strings which everyone could use from time to time.
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review 2016-03-04 12:00
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Slammed - Colleen Hoover

Goodreads Synopsis:

 

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.

 

 

Review:

 

This was my first Colleen Hoover book and I am so happy I have finally read one of her books!

 

I didn't know how I would feel about this story as immediately when the main characters met they were in love, surprise surprise! I'm glad I continued with the story though as once different obstacles and dramas were thrown into the mix I got over the insta love. I didn't know this was about a teacher/student relationship going into it, although it's not the typical storyline you would expect. 

 

One issue I had was that Colleen seemed to go out of her way to make this book as tragic as possible. First we learned that Will's parents died suddenly and he was left to look after his little brother but then Layken's mom got sick and from there we knew how it was going to end. The story was quite predictable with the only surprising aspect being that he was her teacher.

 

I loved the writing style and the slam poetry aspect which I had never read about before. It was so easy to read and I flew through it! I did give it 3 and a half stars as although I liked it I was expecting more going into it. I'd heard so much hype about Colleens books so my rating had more to do with my expectation than anything else. Saying that I am really excited to read more of her books.

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review 2016-01-16 00:00
Slammed
Slammed - Colleen Hoover This review was originally posted on Bookish Things & More

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I absolutely loved the story line of this book, even the parts that completely broke my heart.

Slammed has the whole forbidden love aspect.  I also like how much Lake grows throughout this book.  In the beginning she acts like most teenagers when they don't get their way or their feelings are hurt.  But by the end, she has so much wisdom and learns to deal with life and the situations in her family better.  I also love Will.  He goes through so many things to try to keep his shit together, and it's definitely not easy at times.

The whole aspect of slam poetry intrigued me.  I've never really heard any, and it makes me want to find places local to me that feature it.

If you want love, humor, loss, and everything in between, this is a book you need to pick up!
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review 2016-01-10 21:57
It isn't until the fifth stage of grief that the memories of them stop hurting as much; when the recollections become positive. When you stop thinking about the person's death, and remember all of the wonderful things about their life.”
Slammed - Colleen Hoover

Book Title:  Slammed

Author:  Colleen Hoover

Narration:  Heidi Baker

Series:  Slammed #1

Genre:  Young Adult

Publisher:  Atria Books

Source:  Owned on Audible

 

 

 

This is about Acceptance in the five stages of grief.  Which are Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.  They are real, and you don't necessarily go through them in order, but you do go through them, and sometimes you keep repeating them.  I know this to be true…It can take a while depending on how long it’s been since you lost someone and how close they were to you. 

 

 

 

 

  • Plot: 4/5  I can really tell that this is CoHo’s debut book, because it just didn't have the depth of her other novels.  It was cute and sweet and I did like it.  
  • Characters: 2/5  Cute and sweet…are you sensing a theme here…?
  • The Feels: 4/5  They were a little cheesy at times, but I really connected with the five stages of dealing with grief element of the story.
  • Theme: 5/5
  • Flow: 5/5  A little glitchy.
  • Originality: 4/5  The Slam Poetry was original.  Something I never encountered in a book before.  It wasn’t something I really connected with like I have with her others books.
  • Book Cover: 4/5 
  • Sex Factor: None.  This is for sure more YA than NA.
  • Narration: 3/5  Meh…
  • Ending: 4/5 The cute and sweet continues all the way to the end.  Cliffhanger:  No

 

Will I continue the series?  I don’t know, I might just let Layken and Will's Story end with this book.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Ok, I had a really big problem with some of the references to Michigan, I live in Michigan, and I have all my life.  The narrator kept pronouncing Ypsilanti wrong, you’re supposed to pronounce the Y more like an I.  It drove me insane.  Also, in this book it snows at the end of September and sticks on the ground for a week or more.  I cannot remember that ever happening in the month of September.  Even if it did, it would never stick to the ground, it'd be to warm.  I know it's kind of trivial, but it just irked me. 

 

Let me tell you, though, the snow is sticking today…for sure.

 

While I liked this, it's just not one of my favorites, and most of her books are on my favorites list.  I would recommend it though.

 

 

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