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 own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.
The ultimate feel-good book! "Slammed" is like the first bite of a hot fudge sundae. If you are reading this, and you haven't yet heard "Slammed"I must say I envy you the experience. Boy girl story with lots of unexpected twists and turns, tears, and laughter. At times I felt myself in envying Lake, but mostly I just admired her. I fell in love with Will at first listen.
Highly highly recommended!
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
Slammed is a first novel for an author with little to no previous writing experience that was written initially only for family and friends and then was self-published on Amazon to (a surprisingly) great reception. After finishing this short book, I just don't agree with the majority of readers that this was a great YA romance. I think I was especially let down by the central slam poetry theme which fell pretty flat in terms of the poetry itself and the development of the slam poetry culture. When I think of slam poetry, I generally imagine great emotion and raw truth and sticky subjects. None of this was captured in Ms. Hoover's novel. Some young people in my life recently told me that the slam poetry movement is now full of "posers" with no real message to share and no real passion for the art. This book felt full of "posers." Even though their life experiences could have been the source of good poetry, those opportunities were squandered away by the characters in this book. Elsewhere on the web, Ms. Hoover has expressed her concern that there were not more novels with slam poetry as a central theme. I'm afraid we are still waiting.
The story had good elements, but no real climax.
I would have included some unpredictable scenarios.
The narrator's performance was very good, not sure how I would/could improve it...
No...I think it would be uneventful and predictable.
I do think young adults would probably enjoy more than a more mature audience.
It was a good story, but not the best. Didn't keep my attention.
No, I think it is a one book story.
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 poor quality of this recording is the only negative thing I can stay about this story. I found a few times where the audio would loop - like they re-recorded some lines but forgot to take out the original. There was also a lot of 'white noise' in the background (can't think of any other way to describe it) as if the audio was turned up too loud or something. I don't know - it was just a poor quality recording.
That being said -- the story was great. I loved the characters, the twists and drama. The characters are real/relatable and I was quickly invested in their lives. It ended to soon (and I mean that in a good way). I don't want to spoil any of the plot so I won't say more.
Overall, I feel like the poor quality of the recording was worth tolerating for this story.
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.
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Beautiful, sad, poignant
The slam poems! I loved how the narrator actually performed them.
When Layken arrived at her first day in school...
The Slams were intriguing. Very dissatified with the narration. It really hurt the book.
I have listened to her Losing Hope books. They were outstanding! This did not hold up to those standards; however, this could be in part due to the poor narration.
Kate Rudd or Emily Gavin
Not really, but I was intrigued by her Slams.
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