'Once upon a time, there was a man as great as the gods...... But even the great can tremble with fear. Even the great can Fall.
Mary E. Pearson, Kiss of Deception
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Grade: 4 Butterflies
Name: Slammed (Slammed #1)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: Paperback, 352 pages
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.
There is a lot of hype surrounding this book, everyone says this book is amazing and fantastic and not just this book, but all of Colleen Hoover's book. And I never read any of them, because I am not a big fan of contemporary books. So, one day I finally said enough I have to at least read one of her books and I ordered this book from the library, and boy am I glad I did. This book is everything I thought it would be and more. I fell in love with this book!! It is so good and there is a couple minor things I didn't really like, the rest of the book was outstanding.
This book starts out with our main character Lake moving to Michigan with her mother and 9-year old brother. When she gets there she meets Will who is raising his 9-year old brother since his parents died a while ago. They have the connection and a lot of chemistry and they go on a date and before their relationship could go any farther a road block gets in their way.
The first thing I really liked about this book was the author didn't make the connection between Will and Lake seem like insta-love. Which was one of the things I was worried about when starting this book. And if you are also worried about that and its stopping you from reading this book then have no fear, because the author writes it so well that you can feel their connection, their chemistry. Since you can feel that it doesn't seem like insta-love, even though if you think with your head (Get it?) it would seem like insta-love if the author didn't write it so well.
One of the other things I loved about this book was the fact that the thing that stopped their relationship wasn't something from his past or her past that comes back to haunt them, the norm for most contemps. It was a line drawn by society that the couldn't cross without huge consequences. I like how the author did that instead of the norm, because it made it feel more real and realistic.
The one minor thing that I didn't not like was how fast the book was. You are probably thinking "what, she didn't like the fast pace, but she loves fast paced books?" I do like fast paced books, but I felt like the whole plot was accelerated. If the author slowed it down to give me time to process the characters emotions, or if she give Lake and Will just one more week before the road block, I would have felt like the book would have been even more realistic.
One more tiny thing I didn't really like about this book and contemporaries in general, is that I don't really get as immersed in contemporaries compared to fantasy or paranormal. That is why I don't really like contemporaries much, because they are just on the surface, they don't feel as deep for me as other books. Its not the author's fault, its just how I am and this book was in that rule I guess and that is why I knocked off a half a star.
Overall, I loved this book and it exceeded my expectations so much. If you have not read this book then do so now, because the hype is right about this book, it is amazing!!
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I don't read a lot of indie books and, like you, I'm not so into contemporary, and I never read any of Colleen Hoover's books. The hype has definitely piqued my interest, but I'm trusting hype less and less nowadays. Then again, I really need to read a novel that can reaffirm my belief in indie, and I have a personal contemporary challenge set for myself this year. I'll go for it!ReplyDelete