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Book Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover


Title: Slammed (Slammed #1)
Author: Colleen Hoover
PubDate: Jan 5, 2012

“So keep your ocean, I’ll take the Lake.”


“I got schooled this year
a boy that I’m seriously, deeply, madly, incredibly, and undeniably in love with.
And he taught me the most important things of all…
To put the emphasis
On Life.”

This is one of those books that  instantly captured my heart. The kind of story that made me want to read more and more and more. It’s beautiful and sweet and romantic and touching and it’s b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. I felt every emotion in me that it made Colleen Hoover my new favorite author. Really!

And I fell in love with slam poetry! Man, I love poetry and this book just inspired me even more.

“everytime you fall down, everytime you cry… something inside you closes, something inside you dies… you feel your heart aching, you feel your world stop… something inside you hurts, something inside you snaps…” See? Tsk. Anyhoo, I loved everything about the book. Seriously.

So here how it goes. After losing her dad, Layken and her family moved from Texas to Michigan. Here, she meets their new neighbors, Will and Caulder, who she and her brother, Kel, instantly become friends with. Layken and Will immediately develop an attraction with each other and they are getting along well until Layken finds out that Will is actually her teacher. Everything else gets messed up when Will prioritizes his job, and Caulder, over Layken. Of course, Layken understands that he needs to take care of Caulder but with each passing day that her feelings for Will grow stronger, she can’t help but get mad at him because he can’t even fight for what they’re feeling.

“My poem is called mean.” I face the front of the classroom and proudly recite my poem from heart.
According to the thesaurus…
and according to me…
there are over thirty meanings and substitutions for the word mean.
(I quickly yell the words; the entire class flinches-including Will)
Jackass, jerk, cruel, dickhead, unkind, harsh, wicked, hateful, heartless,
vicious, virulent, unrelenting, tyrannical, malevolent, atrocious, bastard, barbarous,
bitter, brutal, callous, degenerate, brutish, depraved, evil, fierce, hard, implacable,
rancorous, pernicious, inhumane, monstrous, merciless, inexorable.
And my personal favorite—a**hole.

The story tells us that there are certain things in life we can’t do anything about. That there are things we don’t have control over with. Like losing the important people in your life, falling deeply in love with someone and having to choose what to prioritize in life. And sometimes it is so hard you just want to slap life right in the face.

“Don’t take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.”
-Julia to Layken

I also love how Colleen emphasized the importance of family and relationships n this novel. That after bouncing from one family to another, Eddie finally found someone who is willing to be her Dad. And how Julia trusted Layken and Will to make right decisions for themselves and how Kel and Caulder became best of friends. The characters were all good so much I can’t choose one as my favorite. I think I love them all! 😀

And Gavin and Eddie were so cute plus Joel is the sweetest!!!

Overall it was a very good book so I give it 5-stars. And trust me when I say that when you read this one, you can’t get over it for a week. No, months! No!! Forever! 🙂

(Blog posted on 092514)

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