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by Colleen Hoover
Released: January 5, 2012
Series: Slammed #1
Published by Atria
Narrator: Heidi Baker
“I’m starting to see Colleen Hoover in the light of master storyteller of emotions because that’s my biggest draw to her stories. They pull at the strings of my heart until it feels drained and run over by the end of the book, but also with a sense of happiness and satisfaction.” ~Under the Covers
SLAMMED was a book that crept up on me and took hold of my heart. Starting off with a simple enough story, heroine who just lost her father moves to a new town with her mom and brother to start a new life, while finishing high school. Girl then meets cute boy, they fall in love and then WHAM! A whole lot of unexpected happens.
First let me just say how much I enjoyed the slamming concept. Never heard of this, but I love poetry and the slamming was just a take charge spoken word that I found immensely powerful. Many of the characters in this book open up through slamming and it often brought tears to my eyes. The author did an AMAZING job at conveying all their pain and hurt, their life stories, through such simple yet powerful words.
And then there’s the fact that this isn’t just a simple romance between two young kids. Because lets face it, they are younger than I like to read about. But both Will and Layken are very mature for their age. They’ve gone through immense loss in their lives and had to face responsibilities early on, that other kids wouldn’t know anything about.
Aside from being a great life story though, that takes us through some hard adversities they had to face, this was also a story of love. Will and Layken are perfect for each other, but circumstances keep them apart. They both do what’s right, which is not often seen lately in books in this genre. It just made me respect both of them more. But I also liked to see them fall apart in each others’ arms and be each others’ support.
I have to admit I probably spent the last 20 minutes of this audiobook crying my eyeballs out. The subject of losing a parent hits home for me and watching them face that undefeatable end was a hard topic to read about. The author again does an amazing job at pulling the readers emotions along with everything her characters are feeling. I’m starting to see Colleen Hoover in the light of master storyteller of emotions because that’s my biggest draw to her stories. They pull at the strings of my heart until it feels drained and run over by the end of the book, but also with a sense of happiness and satisfaction.
Even though SLAMMED is not left on a cliffhanger, there is a second part to this book that I need to get to soon. I just don’t know how much more these two have to go through before life just gives them a break. I’m ready to see them happy for a while.
“I got schooled this year
A boy that I’m seriously, deeply, madly, incredibly, and undeniably in love with.
And he taught me the most important thing of all…
To put the emphasis
On life .”
“Question everything. Your love, your religion, your passion. If you don’t have questions, you’ll never find answers.”
“Don’t take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.”
“So you keep your ocean, I’ll take the Lake.”
“Life happens. Shit happens. And it happens a lot. To a lot of people.”
“This thing about you that you think is your flaw – it’s the reason I’m falling in love with you.”
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