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
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?
I absolutely love this book. It has it all: angst, love, tears, humor. It is a definite re-read/re-listen for me.
The poor quality of this recording is the only negative thing I can stay about this story. I found a few times where the audio would loop - like they re-recorded some lines but forgot to take out the original. There was also a lot of 'white noise' in the background (can't think of any other way to describe it) as if the audio was turned up too loud or something. I don't know - it was just a poor quality recording.
That being said -- the story was great. I loved the characters, the twists and drama. The characters are real/relatable and I was quickly invested in their lives. It ended to soon (and I mean that in a good way). I don't want to spoil any of the plot so I won't say more.
Overall, I feel like the poor quality of the recording was worth tolerating for this story.
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.
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 think the less you know about this book, the better it will be. It may start out typical-girl (Layken) meets boy (Will) and they have an instant connection. We all think we know where it's going and then SLAM things aren't what they seem at all. Then just when we gain some ground we're SLAMMED again. And then there are the actual SLAMS (yes there is such a thing). I felt nervous before hearing any of the character's bare their souls in public. This is a book filled with a whole lot of grief and love for family and friends. At times I felt Layken was a bit immature-but given her circumstances and age (just turned 18) I guess her reactions would be appropriate. I loved the characters of Will and Eddie and I really enjoyed the poetry (-:
Just a book fool.
Wow. I cried twice TWICE!
This book is the perfect blend of simple plot and beautiful poetry. The writing for the most part is YA simple. There is not a lot of romance more sexual tension then anything.
Overall, I liked this book a lot and found myself disappointed it was over.
I am interested to see what book two will hold.
Slammed is an absolute treasure. I love this book! READ it, LISTEN to it, LOVE it, too.
Lake is still grieving over the loss of her dad, and now she’s being forced to leave her home in Texas to move to Michigan. She is clearly not happy about this. When Lake, her mom, and her little brother, Kel, arrive at their new home, they meet their new neighbors. Meeting Will suddenly makes the move across the country feel a whole lot better.
Lake and Will are drawn to each other from the very beginning. Their instant connection is sweet and consuming. They go on an incredible date and Lake is taken aback at how different Will is from other guys. Their feelings for one another grow quickly and they each seem to fill a void in the other. However, they soon discover a major obstacle that forces them apart. But how far apart can they really get when their little brothers have become best friends and they live across the street from each other?
Life and death, love and loss, laughter and tears…there’s a plethora of emotion in every chapter. (I was bawling at one point. Get your tissue ready.) The poetry is beautiful and inspiring and the advice is priceless. Slammed is definitely a MUST READ (listen), and reread (listen, again), because we all need to learn how to stop "carving pumpkins" at some point.
This is by far one of my all time favorites. Colleen Hoover is an incredible writer and Heidi Baker does a wonderful job of giving Lake her voice.
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?
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