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'm married with one daughter, just finished my BS in Health Science, and I'm a choosy fiction/romance/paranormal/anything spellbinding listener during my commute.
I really liked this novel; not because it gave me what I was looking for (because it didn't exactly... lots of closure is rumored to arrive in the next book), but because it successfully pulled me into this interesting story line, this addicting dramatic love dilemma, and the surprising use of openly(publicly!) poetic main characters.
This story is well worth the price, and I only wish that more of the meat of this story had been included in this first novel- I'm particularly adverse to the feeling of being strung along just to follow a great story into a series of sequels, and into the bottom of my wallet.
The passion in this story was spot-on; hot yet tender, sweet yet against the rules. I will be buying the follow-up.
I really enjoyed this book although I thought I had bought the abridged version at first because you get thrown right into the middle of the character's life events and the story progresses quickly. The narrator's voice bugged me because she was really ditzy and delayed her narration. For example "Tell him to give me my books back!!......................she said." That wasn't a smooth flow of conversation. She also has an interesting accent. She pronounced Javier (Spanish: HAHV-yehr) HAY-vee-YAR and vague with a short a instead of a long a.
Overall the story itself was enjoyable. It's a nice short read and I liked it enough to pick up the second installment. I like poetry a lot and enjoyed the poetry and lyrics within the main story.
I bought this book on sale and I'm glad I did. It's worth checking out though!
Better narrator. The narrator was absolutely horribly. She sounded like a child half the time and a 40 yr old woman the other half. It's supposed to be from the point of view of an 18 year old girl. Also, she mispronounce names and other common words. It was difficult to listen to, especially after I have read the books and was excited to hear it read out loud.
Beautiful Disasters narrator was not bad. I wasn't in love with it, but she definitely would have done a much better job. And she pronounced common words and names correctly.
As with above, mispronouncing names and words, and her inflection. Again she sounded like a petulant child at times, and a 40 yr old woman at other times, but never like an 18 yr old girl.
the reading I was disappointed with. I have read the books as well, and they are great books!
When am I going to learn ...Read all the reviews....even the second page. (I am betting the people on the first page are all related to the author.). When am I going to take the time and listen to the narration before purchasing? Heidi Barker read in octaves so high, my ears hurt.
I am going to have to find a better way to decide when a book is for adults. This book is clearly young adult literature and not a good one at that. If I was a young adult instuctor, I wouldn't choose this for my students to read.
I chose this book for the high rating Audible has given it - it's not worthy.
When things get tough, just carve pumpkins! I loved the characters, all the twists & drama!
Moslty i loved how the unconventional families were perfectly functional together! Shows how people can come together in times of crises & love always prevails
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