Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary Romance
18-year-old Layken Cohen misses her life back in Texas, harbors a deep hatred for concrete garden gnomes and has fallen hard for her new neighbor, Will Cooper.
21-year-old Will Cooper misses his life before it became so complicated, has a passion for performing slams and has fallen hard for his new neighbor, Layken Cohen—despite her deep hatred for garden gnomes.
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 balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.
I really enjoyed reading this book; Colleen Hoover is now in my favorite author’s bag!
Slammed is an easy read with a beautiful story about great love and great loss. I got so emotionally involved with these characters and their journey that I laughed and cried with them, this book really touched my heart. What made this book stand out for me was the way Colleen Hoover introduced the slam poetry into the story. The use of the poetry to portray the characters emotional turmoil or self-discoveries was so unique and compelling that I can now say I am a huge fan of slam poetry!
Slammed is a story about a girl named Layken, who moves from Texas, with her mum and younger brother Kel, to Michigan after her father passes away. The first people she meets are her new neighbors Will and his younger brother Caulder. Layken and Will have such an instant connection they decide to go on a date. Will introduces her to slam poetry performances where Layken discovers Will’s past and instantly falls in love with him. When an unchangeable situation presents itself, they discover they cannot be together and just when Layken thinks her life couldn’t get much worse another bomb explodes and she is forced to face yet another great hardship and decision that will change her life forever.
This is a book about all the different types of love in its truest forms. It is about true love but also about the love between a mother and a daughter that is unbreakable. It is about the love a mother has for her children and her instinct to protect them always, and about the love between siblings that ensures they stand by each other, together as a family.
My favorite part of this book was when Layken performed her poem “Mean”. It had me laughing so hard I was in tears, I can think of a few people in my past I could have written a similar poem about. I also loved the way Layken and Will performed such passionate and raw poems to each other, leaving themselves so open and vulnerable was a perfect ending to this book.
So if you’re looking for an easy read full of heart and soul – this book is for you!
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According to the thesaurus…
And according to me…
There are over thirty different meanings and substitutions for the word
Jackass, jerk, cruel, dickhead, unkind, harsh, wicked, hateful, heartless, vicious, virulent, unrelenting, tyrannical, malevolent, atrocious, bastard, barbarous, bitter, brutal, callous, degenerate, brutish, depraved, evil, fierce, hard, implacable, rancorous, pernicious, inhumane, monstrous, merciless, inexorable,
And my personal favourite – asshole.
Poem by Layken Cohen in Slammed by Colleen Hoover.