Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Self published
Format: Kindle Edition
Remember that crazy friend of mine that somehow reads a book a day? Well, she did it again, she recommended another amazing book. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the cover because it was pretty basic, but I learned my lesson about judging books from their covers after my last mistake. Well, sort of!
Plot: After dealing with the loss of her father, Layken, her mother, and brother need to move from Texas to Michigan. Layken, or Lake as most people call her, just turned 18 and is miserable about the fact that she has to move to a completely new place for her senior year. Her luck seems to be changing when she meets Will, her 21 year old neighbor, who just happens to be
hot! They have an immediate connection and hit it off right away. But, of course, they soon find out there is something in the way of them being together. After another surprising blow to her family, Lake can’t help but seek comfort in Will and he cannot stay away from her.
Review: I cannot believe how amazing this book was! Seriously, if every book was this great, I would never sleep! And I need sleep people, I have a 3 year old! I couldn’t even think about anything else until I finished this book AND the second (Point of Retreat), totally ignoring the fact that I had a 3 year old’s birthday party to plan, yikes! The twists and turns just kept coming and made it impossible to put down.
Ms. Hoover wrote an emotionally captivating book. I don’t know how she could make me feel so many damn emotions, but she did! I actually want to meet all these people she wrote about (yes, I know they are fictional characters, don’t judge me!). Not only the main characters Lake and Will, but also Lake’s mother, both little brothers, and Lake’s friend Eddie (yes, she’s a girl). Ok, as I’m typing this, I’m noticing that there are no normal names besides Will. Well, aside from their names, they are exactly what Lake needs to get through everything. I really want to spill the beans here, but you would hate me for that, wouldn’t you? Just read it and let’s talk!
Based on the following criteria:
How much did I like the heroine: 10. Lake goes through so much within a year’s time. She is strong through most of it and at times acts like her 18 year old self, sometimes a bit immature, but that seems reasonable considering how fast she has to grow up. The best thing about Lake is how much she cares for her family and friends.
How much did I like the love interest: 10 Will, mmmmmm, Will… Sorry hubby, Will is amazing! Will is another gorgeous man that I had to read about (and dream about). Yes, yes he’s only 21, but (sigh) I can’t help myself. Ok, enough about how I feel about him. Will has also had to endure his share of grief. His parents died when he was 19, now he is raising his brother. Will found a way to express his emotions, which is through beautiful slam poetry. Here is just one example:
One million, fifty one thousand and two hundred minutes
That’s approximately how many minutes I’ve loved you,
It’s how many minutes I’ve thought about you,
How many minutes I’ve worried about you,
How many times I’ve thanked God for you,
How many minutes I’ve thanked every deity in the Universe for you.
Fifty one thousand
How believable is the plot: 10. Very believable! People are faced with hardships everyday and everyone deals with them differently. This is a great example of how many emotions one goes through when facing any kind of challenge in life.
How much did I like the writing style / editing / etc: 10. I just love it when authors use a unique writing style. Song lyrics? Yep! Captivating story? Yep! Slam poetry? Yep! Did we just become best friends? Yep! Sorry, that last line is from Step Brothers, but I kind of did become best friends with this book!
How much did I want to keep reading: 10. I’m telling you I could not stop reading this book! I literally finished the last page and went right to the first page of Point of Retreat, no breaks, nothing! It was that good!
Final Score: 10/10
I’ve tweeted about it, I’ve told my friends on Facebook, I’ve told my family to read it. I’ve yelled from the top of the mountain, “I love my best friend Evan!” Sorry, that’s from Superbad, but if I had a mountain near me, I would climb it and yell, “I love Slammed by Colleen Hoover and everyone should buy it and read it NOW!” And the best part about this book? It’s only $2.99 on the Kindle! Yippee!!