Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Book One in the Slammed Series
Published: January 5, 2012
Genre: NA Contemporary
My Rating: 5 Stars!
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.
Sometimes there is writing that will grab you from the very first page and characters so darn lovable and memorable that they make it impossible not to fall in love with them from the very beginning. You instantly connect, like, care, and want to know more about them. Instantly invested, concerned, and ready to cheer them on.
That book, those characters, are Slammed , that are what made it so very wonderful.
I knew I like Hoover's work before starting this, heck I would even say I loved it, but it wasn't until this read that I was truly over the moon enamored with it and the very worst part about it, the embarrassing part, is that I have had this in my TBR pile sitting on my kindle since it was self pubbed, yes you read that right, SELF-pubbed years ago and I refused to read it for whatever reason. Smacks self and kicks my own butt. Stupid stupid girl.
I smiled, I cried and I smiled and cried some more, in many places and not even just with Lake and Will's story but with Eddie and the boys as well. There wasn't a single moment, a single character, that wasn't amazing, that didn't make me want more, hold my breath or even think for a moment, that I needed a break, a time out. I didn't eat, I didn't sleep, I read until I came to the very last page and then I wanted to start it all over again.
Truly an amazing story and my favorite yet. Hands down once again to Hoover for writing something worthy of the genre. Stand out, fun, emotional, heartfelt and overall wonderful. Will and Layken will stick with you long after you put the book down.