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 have never read a book by Colleen Hoover before but that will change. I absolutely loved this book. I loved the characters. It wasn't just a love story but a story about real life...bad things and all. Love is not always flowers and rainbows. Sometimes life gets in the way. It teaches you how to really live life to the fullest. Can't wait to read another one of her books. Great story. Great characters.
Colleen Hover is an amazing writer, and I have fallen in love with her books. This is definitely my second favourite book after Ugly Love (also by Colleen). Loved the stort line, I am a big sucker for romantic books. All in all an amazing experience to listen too.
No, I got this because I was really liking to book but I am returning the audio book after one chapter because the narrator skips sentences occasionally, rewords sentences and i like to read along and this messes me up.
The book itself is wonderful, I just do NOT recommend the audio book.
I felt like the teacher-student-relationship has been done before, but also that it has been done better in other books like Sara Shepard's "PLL" series. The issues with absent parents took on a new twist, and made the read worthwhile.
I have always loved reading, and now I have a job where I can listen to books all day. What better way to get through a work day? !
What a beautiful story that reminds us to live life and never take anything for granted. can't wait to read the next book.
This is my favorite book by Colleen Hoover, so why wouldn't I buy the audiobook? At first I was a little annoyed by the narrators voice, but I got over it and quickly. Hearing the first slam literally brought tears to my eyes, something that didn't happen while reading it in my head. I highly suggest this book to those who've read the book and those who have not. All. The. Feels.
I busy myself living life, chasing smiles, and enjoying adventures!
I read this book because it was highly recommended by a co-worker/book buddy. I realized quickly that I would have enjoyed this story much more when I was a younger adult. The main character was a typical 18 yr old girl. Typical in the sense that she was emotionally impulsive and reactive. I don't usually enjoy young adult novels because I no longer relate to the characters. This story was full of tough life situations and a controversial relationship between teacher and student. I was conflicted about my feelings on the relationship as I am a mother of teens and I had a difficult time deciding how I felt about their relationship. My heart urged me to cheer them on while her immaturity kept my brain clearly on the 'this is why this is frowned upon' side of the fence. Overall it was a good story and I was never compelled to put it away without finishing, but I've personally outgrown this genre and I would have undoubtedly enjoyed it more 20 yrs ago.
I have read all of Colleen Hoover's books. I think she captures young love and the characters who wallow in it extremely well. She has a very nice rhythm to her writing that makes it easy to get caught up in the characters and their stories.
There is a lot of emotion and believability woven into a very far fetched story. You get caught up in it.
Heidi Baker was a mis-cast voice for this story. She sounds nothing like what a girl from Texas would sound like. Her read sounds disjointed and edited together.
I believe this book merits a re-recording. It's the first book in a very good young adult series and if you are being introduced to it solely based on the audio version people will stop listening mid book and never venture on to another.
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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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