Monday, 20 August 2012

Book Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 719 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468161660
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (10 Aug 2012)

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.

After the death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is shaken to the core. Her world is further rocked when her mother announces they are leaving Texas for Michigan. Layken can’t imagine anything worse than having to move part way through her senior year. But then she meets new neighbour, Will. Layken and Will have an instant connection that neither of the can, or want, to deny. For so long Layken’s life has been bleak and miserable with no sign of hope. But now she feels herself waking up, the light filtering back into her life. 

Layken has a nine year old brother who she seems to be taken more and more care of. Her mother works nights and even when she is home isn’t really there. Layken notices whispered phone calls and hidden letters. But all the while there is Will, whose kisses melt her heart.

Until a shocking revelation forces them apart. And leaves Layken feeling more alone than ever.

Slammed, hands down, is my favourite YA read so far this year. From the first page Will and Layken pulled me in and refused to let go. Their story was so much more than I thought it would be, so much more complex and emotional.

There are many, many layers to this book and it is quite simply amazing. I cried. I laughed. I swooned. And everything in between. But all the while I was rooting for them. For all of them, not just Will and Layken. I rooted for Julia and  Kel and Eddie. 

This book is very bittersweet and I challenge any reader not to be drawn in and ripped apart by this book. I cannot wait to read the sequel. 

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