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
Too much sadness and grief.
This is first person present which is my least favorite. I have given 5 stars to a first person book, but I’d prefer to never read another one.
18-year-old Layken and 21-year-old Will have one date, fall in love, and then find out they cannot be together for a period of time. They must stay away from each other. But that is hard to do because they see each other almost every day. There is a lot of frustration and angst. I was disappointed that there wasn’t enough relationship development either during the book or at the end. I wanted to see some being-in-love-together time, and I wanted to know about Layken’s plans. But the ending cut that off.
The setting and subject matter were depressing. Teens have lost their parents for different reasons, including accidents and illness. They suffer but are able to survive in good ways. This might fit the mood for some readers, but for me it was a downer. I feel like the author used that for depth, rather than relationship development or other events.
I did not enjoy the following.
1. Layken is angry or angsty and does stupid or insensitive things.
2. Layken assumes something bad about someone and gets angry, slamming doors, leaving, not letting that person explain. But later she learns the truth and it wasn’t what she thought.
3. Layken is mad at someone. They are calling her. She won’t answer her phone because she doesn’t want to hear them apologize. But, they were calling about an emergency that needed her attention. So we have more angst because she didn’t answer the phone. I don’t mind if she doesn’t have her phone or it’s not charged, but to purposely not answer it for that reason? No. It felt contrived to provide some angst “I’m not going to answer.”
The idea of slamming, performing poetry at a night club was interesting. And several characters read poems that way.
The author needs a grammar editor. She frequently used I vs me incorrectly.
The narrator Heidi Baker was ok, but I was not pleased. She has a teen-speak-accent that I couldn’t place (emphasizing ending syllables). I’m sorry, I’m spoiled. I prefer the generic American accent.
Genre: young adult contemporary romance
The story was good enough. Unfortunately, the narration (and the quality of the recording) was horrible.
Layken and her family were from Texas. There was no attempt at an accent so when a character said "y'all" (which was quite often) it sounded totally ridiculous.
Maybe. It read like a lifetime movie.
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 absolutely love this book. It has it all: angst, love, tears, humor. It is a definite re-read/re-listen for me.
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?
Narrator did a fantastic job reading the poetry. It brought me right to the Club and could visualize those performing their poems.
Eddie was my favorite character. Loved her appreciation for life and her nonjudgemental and upbeat attitude. She would be a true friend for life. I'll think of her when I see a pink balloon.
The reciting/performing of the poems was excellent. Brought so much emotions to the poems that I wouldn't have been able to feel by just reading the book. I would rewind and listen to the poems several times.
The poetry brought more interest to the book. It made a typical romance book so much more.
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'm shocked by how many people liked this book! It was so whinny. I really think you need to be a teenager to like it. I wanted to stop listening so many times because the main character was acting so immature. The only reason I have it 2 stars instead of one, was because it did make me cry.
I have read very good things about Colleen Hoover, but this book was, unfortunately, not even close to what I was expecting. In my late twenties, I still enjoy YA books. Very often characters are strong, charismatic teenagers that behave like young adults. This is the story of a teenager that behaves like a teenager. In other words, I don't know if it was the way the main character was written or the way the narrator read her, but I just wanted to slap the girl!
I have my doubts I'll ever read her again, I would have to be convinced that it is not yet another YA book for 14 year olds...
Overall I did not like the performance. The main character's voice was of a young whiny teenager and the few witty sarcastic phrases she had were deprived of any coolness. To make matters worse the narrator had the bad habit of pausing after a dialogue phrase before the "s/he said" breaking completely the rhythm of the dialogue!
Is it truly necessary to describe every little thing she decides to re-arrange in her nervous breakdown?
"A very pleasant and easy listen"
This book is very pleasant. Easy to listen to - I really liked the narrators voice. The story is well paced and the story is sweet, it's uncomplicated. Will be liked by teenagers and young adults.
"A great YA novel with plenty of drama."
My first Audible book and i had a great time listening to this. The narrator was great for Layken's age.
I really enjoyed the story, wasn't expecting anything of what happened to happen, which is good! In fact i had total different scenario's worked out for some of the drama going on, and there was a fair bit of drama going on to keep us hooked.
The relationship between Layken & Will was so ahhh.... I was urging them on, but Will was right in all his decisions. He had responsibilities! So paws off Layken!
Only one thing that may be just the kids I come across lol, Kell seemed so much younger than his age, maybe it was his upbringing. I don't know, but a few times I was thinking, I would expect that from a kid a bit younger....with the no filter. But Kell & Caulder, they added some comedy magic with that lacking filter so it was all good!
A great young adult novel, I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series and more from Colleen
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