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
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.
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
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?
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.
I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.
The ultimate feel-good book! "Slammed" is like the first bite of a hot fudge sundae. If you are reading this, and you haven't yet heard "Slammed"I must say I envy you the experience. Boy girl story with lots of unexpected twists and turns, tears, and laughter. At times I felt myself in envying Lake, but mostly I just admired her. I fell in love with Will at first listen.
Highly highly recommended!
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
Slammed is a first novel for an author with little to no previous writing experience that was written initially only for family and friends and then was self-published on Amazon to (a surprisingly) great reception. After finishing this short book, I just don't agree with the majority of readers that this was a great YA romance. I think I was especially let down by the central slam poetry theme which fell pretty flat in terms of the poetry itself and the development of the slam poetry culture. When I think of slam poetry, I generally imagine great emotion and raw truth and sticky subjects. None of this was captured in Ms. Hoover's novel. Some young people in my life recently told me that the slam poetry movement is now full of "posers" with no real message to share and no real passion for the art. This book felt full of "posers." Even though their life experiences could have been the source of good poetry, those opportunities were squandered away by the characters in this book. Elsewhere on the web, Ms. Hoover has expressed her concern that there were not more novels with slam poetry as a central theme. I'm afraid we are still waiting.
The story had good elements, but no real climax.
I would have included some unpredictable scenarios.
The narrator's performance was very good, not sure how I would/could improve it...
No...I think it would be uneventful and predictable.
I do think young adults would probably enjoy more than a more mature audience.
It was a good story, but not the best. Didn't keep my attention.
No, I think it is a one book story.
"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.
"This woman can do no wrong"
Love all colleen's writing, and, this does not disappoint. Loved the story, the characters, the writing and the narrator. Really felt for all the characters, I laughed and cried right alongside them ❤️
"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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