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Slammed | [Colleen Hoover]

Slammed

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Rene GAINESVILLE, VA, United States 02-03-14
    Rene GAINESVILLE, VA, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Intriguing but poor narration"
    What did you like best about Slammed? What did you like least?

    The Slams were intriguing. Very dissatified with the narration. It really hurt the book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Colleen Hoover before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Heidi Baker?

    Kate Rudd or Emily Gavin


    Did Slammed inspire you to do anything?

    Not really, but I was intrigued by her Slams.


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    Jenny 02-02-14
    Jenny 02-02-14
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    "Love the story - not the performance"
    Would you listen to Slammed again? Why?

    I cannot bring myself to listen to this again. I have purchased the book to read instead of listening to the awful performance.


    What other book might you compare Slammed to and why?

    This book interested me after I finished "When Summer Ends" by Isabelle Rae. I feel like, as a parent, I shouldn't be interested in books with parent/student relationships but in both books the relationship started before either character knew the other's age or profession.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Heidi Baker?

    No. I was not fond of this narrator at all.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Spoiler alert!! I couldn't stop the tears when I found out about Lake's mother.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Penticton, BC, Canada 01-07-14
    Tina Penticton, BC, Canada 01-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Grossly immature"

    I swear this book was written by a fourteen-year-old girl. No MAN alive is attracted to a bitchface princess. How the lead character managed to attract a man, a best friend or even her own family's affection is ludicrous. A complete waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    stacy Charlottesville, VA, United States 10-19-13
    stacy Charlottesville, VA, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Why did I wait"
    Where does Slammed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book might be one that is almost better listened to, then read. Slam Poetry is an important part of this book and the audio just brings it to life in a way reading it never could. Wonderful, just wonderful.


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    Marin 09-16-13
    Marin 09-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVE the story HATE the narrator"

    This is a wonderful, wonderful story! I have listened to A LOT of audio books and this is the first one that REALLY made me cry. A very touching and inspiring story. If I could give a recomendation... GET A NEW NARRATOR!!! In the first 5 min. I didn't like her, and honestly if it wasn't for a friend encouraging me to keep listening, I would have stopped and returned the book. I am so glad I stuck it out, but for future readers it should be re-recorded!

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    Lisa Hines Central Florida 06-21-13
    Lisa Hines Central Florida 06-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Slammed?

    Kel's ability to bring his family members back to center.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Slammed?

    After we hear Will's second reading - that moment of confrontation in the parking lot. Any more details would just be spoilers.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Heidi Baker?

    Yes - For a young adult novel she was ideal.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoyed this book very much. It did not provoke many strong emotions. Most often it made me laugh out loud. Layken's sense of humor is very quirky. I like that.


    Any additional comments?

    Slammed by Colleen Hoover

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I really wanted to love this book. I really did. But, there were times Layken's very age appropriate behavior and reactions got on my nerves. The drama, however, made for an excellent story that I thoroughly enjoyed, but I really did just wanna slap her some times.

    Slammed by Colleen Hoover is a YA book about loss, love, life and death.

    Layken Cohen meets her hot new neighbor, Will Cooper, the first day they arrive in Ypsilanti, Michigan from Texas. The are immediately attracted to each other, and so the intricate plot begins. Not that I didn't successfully call some of the situations that happened, but I also missed some and got blind-sided.
    This was a very enjoyable book. I have every intention on finishing the series. If your sole focus is on steamy adult romance then this isn't for you. If you don't mind losing the explicit details in exchange for angsty romance then I recommend this book.

    Up Next...

    Slammed #2 - Point of Retreat

    Slammed #3 - This Girl

    An additional shout out to the AwEsOmE Miss Hoover...Thank you for the introduction to the music of The Avett Brothers. I do not know how I have never heard of them before now, but am glad I now have another band to enjoy.

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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 06-05-13
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I'm glad I got this book"

    This is not my typical type of book. There are no vampires, no werewolves and absolutely no one does magic if any kind…well, not in the mythical sense. This book also does not contain any “steamy” scenes…this book is about life, the life of an 18 year old girl who has to grow up too quick. This is NOT a YA novel, this book has some serious themes and serious adult choices; but instead of being a seriously stressful read it was wonderful.


    I can’t go into the book without giving spoilers, so I will just say that it made me laugh, it made me cry (but in a good way), and it gave me some perspective about life, and to cherish it. I highly recommend this book, it was not depressing, it was invigorating and life affirming without being preachy or even mentioning God, and I plan on downloading number 2 right now. If you are looking for something that will draw you in but not in the edge of your seat type way, just in the way a good book should draw you in without the need of sex or violence then I say download this book, I am REALLY glad I did!

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    Kimberly Santa Rosa Beach, FL, United States 04-17-13
    Kimberly Santa Rosa Beach, FL, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Decent story, bad narration."

    I am heartened that the next book in this series has a different narrator...

    This narrator has real pronunciation issues, e.g., the word "school" which is used A LOT in this book, is pronounced "sk-oooo-uuul" instead of just "skool" and "towel" is "tow-uuul" and "while" is "why-uuul"...

    Even worse is that the main character is from Texas and, accordingly, says "y'all" frequently. This narrator sound like she is from somewhere like Baltimore - which doesn't really fit. All the "y'all"s seem forced and out of place.

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    Tonya 03-21-13
    Tonya 03-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I enjoyed this book!"
    What did you love best about Slammed?

    I loved the story behind the characters. You felt for them and pulled for them the entire time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Slammed?

    The first time Will performed a Slam.


    What does Heidi Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She mainly reads the book with the intended inflection that is necessary for the Slam.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Will punched Jave and knew he was in trouble.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good read. It had a good story line behind it, but it was a bit predictable at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Decatur, AL, United States 02-15-13
    Carla Decatur, AL, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not for me."

    Sometimes I read or listen to fiction written for young people and even if it starts out an accident I enjoy it thoroughly. Two of my favorite "accidental" purchases are The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Skippy Dies. This story unfortunately doesn't fit into that category. Didn't enjoy, appreciate or empathize with the angst of the main characters though I'm sure lots of young(er) girls will.

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