Book Review: Colleen Hoover’s Slammed

October 5, 2012 4 out of 5, Contemporary Romance, review 0 ★★★★★

Book Review: Colleen Hoover’s SlammedTitle: Slammed
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Rating: five-stars
My Copy: Purchased
Add to: Goodreads
Synopsis: 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.

Instead of a traditional review, I present you with the following: my attempt at a poem. Slam poetry plays a major role in Colleen Hoover’s Slammed. Everything touched upon in the poem is what I took from the novel. Please note the bold sections come directly from Lake’s poem, “Schooled,” and it’s the poem she reads Will regarding her feelings. You can read the full blurb here. I absolutely adore this book and I think you will too.

“By a Book”
I got schooled this year
By a book
A book that left me feeling
Love, hope, and sadness
I learned about life
And about death
How we wish we could plan
And prevent
But when he comes knocking
We can’t pretend we’re not home
We’d love to carve pumpkins
And eat basgna all day
But that’s just it
We can deny and deny, but in the end
We all die

I got schooled this year
By a book
A book about a girl
Who meets a boy
A boy who chose the Lake
I learned to go out and be it
When I miss to do my best
I found a band to love
To accept others
And to never judge
I learned to question
To push boundaries
To laugh and to love
And to never regret

I learned this in a book
One I believe you should read
I got schooled this year
By the author Colleen Hoover
By Will and Lake
And by Eddie who in the end quite didn’t give a damn
This book is Slammed.

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