Layken Cohen isn't your typical 18-year-old. After the recent death of her father, she is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's slowly losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for performing "Slams". Will and Layken immediately form an intense and emotional connection neither of them knew they needed until it was found. However, the two of them are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their relationship to a halt.
Once again, Layken must put on a brave face and accept that which she cannot control, but when a family secret comes into play, it becomes the ultimate test of her resolve. Unable to accept the harsh reality of her future, Layken puts everything at risk and turns to Will for solace.
Both Layken and Will struggle as they attempt to find a balance between that which keeps them apart and the feelings that pull them together.
©2012 Colleen Hoover (P)2012 Colleen Hoover
I absolutely love this book. It has it all: angst, love, tears, humor. It is a definite re-read/re-listen for me.
Slammed is one of my favorite books in the mature young adult genre. I love the characters.
When will Point of Retreat be released on audiobook?
Narrator did a fantastic job reading the poetry. It brought me right to the Club and could visualize those performing their poems.
Eddie was my favorite character. Loved her appreciation for life and her nonjudgemental and upbeat attitude. She would be a true friend for life. I'll think of her when I see a pink balloon.
The reciting/performing of the poems was excellent. Brought so much emotions to the poems that I wouldn't have been able to feel by just reading the book. I would rewind and listen to the poems several times.
The poetry brought more interest to the book. It made a typical romance book so much more.
Just a book fool.
Wow. I cried twice TWICE!
This book is the perfect blend of simple plot and beautiful poetry. The writing for the most part is YA simple. There is not a lot of romance more sexual tension then anything.
Overall, I liked this book a lot and found myself disappointed it was over.
I am interested to see what book two will hold.
The story was good enough. Unfortunately, the narration (and the quality of the recording) was horrible.
Layken and her family were from Texas. There was no attempt at an accent so when a character said "y'all" (which was quite often) it sounded totally ridiculous.
Maybe. It read like a lifetime movie.
I think the less you know about this book, the better it will be. It may start out typical-girl (Layken) meets boy (Will) and they have an instant connection. We all think we know where it's going and then SLAM things aren't what they seem at all. Then just when we gain some ground we're SLAMMED again. And then there are the actual SLAMS (yes there is such a thing). I felt nervous before hearing any of the character's bare their souls in public. This is a book filled with a whole lot of grief and love for family and friends. At times I felt Layken was a bit immature-but given her circumstances and age (just turned 18) I guess her reactions would be appropriate. I loved the characters of Will and Eddie and I really enjoyed the poetry (-:
Slammed is an absolute treasure. I love this book! READ it, LISTEN to it, LOVE it, too.
Lake is still grieving over the loss of her dad, and now she’s being forced to leave her home in Texas to move to Michigan. She is clearly not happy about this. When Lake, her mom, and her little brother, Kel, arrive at their new home, they meet their new neighbors. Meeting Will suddenly makes the move across the country feel a whole lot better.
Lake and Will are drawn to each other from the very beginning. Their instant connection is sweet and consuming. They go on an incredible date and Lake is taken aback at how different Will is from other guys. Their feelings for one another grow quickly and they each seem to fill a void in the other. However, they soon discover a major obstacle that forces them apart. But how far apart can they really get when their little brothers have become best friends and they live across the street from each other?
Life and death, love and loss, laughter and tears…there’s a plethora of emotion in every chapter. (I was bawling at one point. Get your tissue ready.) The poetry is beautiful and inspiring and the advice is priceless. Slammed is definitely a MUST READ (listen), and reread (listen, again), because we all need to learn how to stop "carving pumpkins" at some point.
This is by far one of my all time favorites. Colleen Hoover is an incredible writer and Heidi Baker does a wonderful job of giving Lake her voice.
Too much sadness and grief.
This is first person present which is my least favorite. I have given 5 stars to a first person book, but I’d prefer to never read another one.
18-year-old Layken and 21-year-old Will have one date, fall in love, and then find out they cannot be together for a period of time. They must stay away from each other. But that is hard to do because they see each other almost every day. There is a lot of frustration and angst. I was disappointed that there wasn’t enough relationship development either during the book or at the end. I wanted to see some being-in-love-together time, and I wanted to know about Layken’s plans. But the ending cut that off.
The setting and subject matter were depressing. Teens have lost their parents for different reasons, including accidents and illness. They suffer but are able to survive in good ways. This might fit the mood for some readers, but for me it was a downer. I feel like the author used that for depth, rather than relationship development or other events.
I did not enjoy the following.
1. Layken is angry or angsty and does stupid or insensitive things.
2. Layken assumes something bad about someone and gets angry, slamming doors, leaving, not letting that person explain. But later she learns the truth and it wasn’t what she thought.
3. Layken is mad at someone. They are calling her. She won’t answer her phone because she doesn’t want to hear them apologize. But, they were calling about an emergency that needed her attention. So we have more angst because she didn’t answer the phone. I don’t mind if she doesn’t have her phone or it’s not charged, but to purposely not answer it for that reason? No. It felt contrived to provide some angst “I’m not going to answer.”
The idea of slamming, performing poetry at a night club was interesting. And several characters read poems that way.
The author needs a grammar editor. She frequently used I vs me incorrectly.
The narrator Heidi Baker was ok, but I was not pleased. She has a teen-speak-accent that I couldn’t place (emphasizing ending syllables). I’m sorry, I’m spoiled. I prefer the generic American accent.
Genre: young adult contemporary romance
I have read very good things about Colleen Hoover, but this book was, unfortunately, not even close to what I was expecting. In my late twenties, I still enjoy YA books. Very often characters are strong, charismatic teenagers that behave like young adults. This is the story of a teenager that behaves like a teenager. In other words, I don't know if it was the way the main character was written or the way the narrator read her, but I just wanted to slap the girl!
I have my doubts I'll ever read her again, I would have to be convinced that it is not yet another YA book for 14 year olds...
Overall I did not like the performance. The main character's voice was of a young whiny teenager and the few witty sarcastic phrases she had were deprived of any coolness. To make matters worse the narrator had the bad habit of pausing after a dialogue phrase before the "s/he said" breaking completely the rhythm of the dialogue!
Is it truly necessary to describe every little thing she decides to re-arrange in her nervous breakdown?
"A very pleasant and easy listen"
This book is very pleasant. Easy to listen to - I really liked the narrators voice. The story is well paced and the story is sweet, it's uncomplicated. Will be liked by teenagers and young adults.
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