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 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.
I cannot bring myself to listen to this again. I have purchased the book to read instead of listening to the awful performance.
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.
No. I was not fond of this narrator at all.
Spoiler alert!! I couldn't stop the tears when I found out about Lake's mother.
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.
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.
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!
Kel's ability to bring his family members back to center.
After we hear Will's second reading - that moment of confrontation in the parking lot. Any more details would just be spoilers.
Yes - For a young adult novel she was ideal.
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.
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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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!
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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