Series: Slammed #1
Edition: Paperback, 214 pages
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
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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.
Draw in, slow.
Feel the sting, of tears.
Hold them in, hold it together.
Remember, it’s only fiction.
Exhale, in a rush.
Close the cover, open your eyes.” – Me
Slammed was such an unexpected surprised for me. I was expecting a book that simply held my attention and that I could finish while saying that it was pretty good. Instead I got a book that made me smile, laugh, and cry; it’s a book that left me reeling and in serious need of a hug.
Lake, is 18 years old and in her last year of high school. She’s lost her father, but has had a few months to pick up the pieces and now she’s dealing with moving to a new town. She certainly wasn’t expecting to having feelings for a guy so quickly and I think it’s safe to say that neither of us were expecting the whirlwind of emotion that followed after. I can’t even gush and go into detail, because it’s something you need to read for yourself. Will Cooper is sweet and supportive guy with a lot on his plate…and did I mention he’s a poet? Yeah. Are you swooning yet? I am, give me poet any day. If you couldn’t guess part of the book revolves around slam poetry, which revolves around performance as well. So I was uncertain how that was going to translate in book form, but Hoover manages to make it dynamic and emotional just like it’s supposed to be. It’s so emotional that I had pause several times just so I could collect myself. Eddie, who promptly makes herself Lake’s new best friend, is a relaxed ball of fun. At first I was a bit put off by her personality, because it’s kind of there all at once but she’s hard to dislike. She’s intuitive, a great listener, and she seems like the sort of person who would stick by a person no matter what difficulties came along.
The overall story is rather short and also rather addictive. I blazed through this in one sitting. I did have one single complaint and that was how quickly the romance began, it was really close to being “insta-love”…but I have to say that compared to the overall plot it’s not that big a deal and I can’t really hold that against it.
If I’m being honest, I’m having a really hard time even describing how much I enjoyed this book. It’s rare that a book leaves me vulnerable. I’m not a crier, the last time a book left me wanting to bawl was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. There are books that make me choke up slightly, but not very many that bring actual tears. Even though this book broke my heart at times it also had me feeling warm about the relationships in it. If you haven’t read this and you’re looking for a New Adult novel, I completely recommend it.