Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: January 5th 2012
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Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.
I didn’t have reviews for this series and since This Girl just came out, I wanted to re-read ‘em for the 4th time. Yep, 4!! Yes, in all honesty, Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors and even though my heart wants to give Colleen’s first novel 5 stars, I can’t because Point of Retreat is better and since PoR deserves all the 5 stars in the world, I’m going with a 4. Anyhow, here’re my thoughts.
“Don't take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.”
The story. Layken aka Lake moves away from Texas with her Mom and little brother Kel. She’s 18 and a high school student. Kel and Lake lost their Dad recently and now the Cohens are trying to start fresh. Opposite of them live Will Cooper, 21 at the time, and his little brother Caulder. Will asks Lake out and so it begins. Soon they discover a huge obstacle that will tear them apart. Lake will get devastating news about her Mother, deal with a broken heart and grow up sooner than she expected.
My emotions. With every re-read, it just get better and better. The poems, the tears, the emotions, the story – it’s just all so very good. Carving pumpkins, detention slips, that stupid gnome – I love everything about this story. The main thing I adore though is Lake’s growth, the bonds between family and friends and of course the slams. I have never been a particular fan of poetry, but these poems are so relatable and fresh that I cannot help but enjoy them.
I recommend these books to every contemporary fan out there. Seriously! You don’t know what you’re missing out on. Yes, Lake can be a bit stubborn at times and the back-and-forth with Will and Lake may be a bit confusing and infuriating, however, the story and the feelings are what make the book and Point of Retreat, the sequel, is ultimately one of the best books ever written. Plus, it’s from Will’s POV so yeah.. If you haven’t read Slammed yet, give it a try soon. Forever recommend!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars