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
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.
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.
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?
No one ever on earth.
No. This was teenage melodrama that reeked of the typical YA formula which grinds out overworked and under edited crap. Also, heavy handed in the life lesson speeches with unrealistic dialogue.
How did she not?. Every character had preteen girl inflections and almost falsetto voice. Took three times as long to listen to as I had to keep stopping so that I didn't become so irritated that I asked for a refund. I will never listen to another book narrated by Heidi Baker again.
Really? How about the entire book/audio?.
Apparently The Avett Brothers is the only music in the author's life. While I have nothing against the band I do not want to listen to their lyrics dully read before every chapter. In some cases there were so many lyrics I was waiting for the chorus to be read as well.
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
This book I read - Listened to carefully with my very own ears...and my mind wide open
A seed of love was planted...a hopeful seed.
I wanted to love this book so much more
You know how it goes,...girl meets story
Their love is cursed by a couple of cross young people...
cross and onery young people
Yes, each with their burdens to bear --- no one could fault them for that!
You know how it goes, girl meets boy, girl crushes on boy
They sealed the fate of their unease, of their convoluted complication
In a few moments of bonding, with one sweet evening
of companionability, and words improvised
Then girl finds boy in the usual unusual place..in front of her class
Behind that teacher's desk.
This girl annoyed me quite often, was it simply by acting her age?
Perhaps the fault is mine, and not in our stars.
Maybe, maybe not...on both counts.
For the sake of all equality, sweet Will annoyed me also
The push and the pull, Oh, the agony of the push and the pull!
School me? School you! Make up your mind, sweet young teacher of mine.
It took more than two loving, smart and vulnerable little boys
and one ailing but courageous mother...to bring out the true nature
of these two onery young people...All of their potential and full nature...All...
Of who and what they could be
I don't believe I saw it yet... and that makes me sad.
Though maybe that chance still lies...within the rest of their story.
Epilogue/ encore: Narration...presentation...
this verbal recitation
drove right down the middle of the road
didn't rock my world
This Girl Iike a Lake, not an ocean....
seemed like a much younger girl.
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.
I read this book in e-book format first and loved it. The story was so good, if somewhat sad, that I decided to get it in audio format as well. A lot of stories fall slightly short when they go from e-book to audio in my opinion. I think it's because you have this picture in your mind from reading it, and that changes when the narrator reads the story by their tone and inflections, but this one did a terrific job narrating this book.
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