Falling in love can feel like poetry. Or it can feel like a slam to the heart. Colleen Hoover’s romantic, emotion-packed debut novel unforgettably captures all the magic and confusion of first love, as two young people forge an unlikely bond before discovering that fate has other plans for them. Following the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken becomes the rock for both her mother and younger brother. She appears resilient and tenacious, but inside, she’s losing hope. Then she meets her new neighbor Will, a handsome twenty-one-year-old whose mere presence leaves her flustered and whose passion for poetry slams thrills her. Not long after a heart-stopping first date during which each recognizes something profound and familiar in the other, they are slammed to the core when a shocking discovery brings 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 forces that tear them apart. Only through the poetry they share are they able to speak the truth that is in their hearts and imagine a future where love is cause for celebration, not regret.
I loved this book. It grabbed me right away and wouldn’t let me go. It refused to let me go even when my eyes were leaking tears like a fountain and I wanted to go because it was too much. This story was so beautifully written but also heartbreakingly sad. The story around Layken’s mother was …a little too close to home for me. My dad had Stage Four lung cancer,but unfortunately he didn’t get to hang around for a year, rather he got seven weeks. But that’s another story that you dont want to hear. I was fully sucked in to the dramas of Layken and Will and even the two boys. I loved Eddie and the way she could deflect tension in a matter of seconds without even trying. I cried when it was her birthday and her foster dad wrote that letter. Oh my god. Not to mention the ending of the chapter before the epilogue…oh and the epilogue letter (be warned, it’s a doosy). But most all I laughed, and that’s hard to get that balance in a novel I think. To get the readers to fully commit to these characters, to get involved and believe them on all levels and still find moments of humour in among sadness….that’s real writing right there. Not many (if any) books have made me cry quite like that, so Colleen, take that as a compliment…I think. haha. I can’t wait to read Point Of Retreat because I need know what happens to Will and Lake. Overall, Slammed is definitely a heartwarming, heartbreaking, bittersweet, funny story that I will recommend to everyone and anyone. For the first time in a bloody long time I’ve read a non supernatural book and it didn’t bore me. Congrats! Now, I’m just trying to figure out what Layken and Will’s ship name will be…I’m thinking Willake or Laykill.