Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Purchased at Amazon
Release Date: January 01, 2012

Goodreads Synopsis:

‘Slammed’ is the first of a two book series.

After the unexpected death of her father forces eighteen year old Layken and her family to move across the country, away from everyone and everything she knows, her outlook on life is anything but hopeful.

Enter Will Cooper: the attractive twenty-one year old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry. After a night together that turns out to be everything but the expected, both Layken and Will are left with feelings they never knew they could have. Unfortunately in Layken’s life, things are never what they seem. Just as quickly as it develops, their relationship is derailed by a shocking revelation, sparking a tumultuous battle between their hearts and their ethics.

As if the dramatic turn of events in her life isn’t enough, Layken is slammed again when her mother reveals a secret of her own. A secret so intense, all of Layken’s current problems pale in comparison to her seemingly insurmountable future. Unable to confront the changes that lie ahead of her, Layken ignores her conscience as she turns to Will for solace. Struggles ensue as both Layken and Will search for a balance between that which keeps them apart and the feelings that pull them together.

Slammed is the first installment of a two-part series. The second installment, Point of Retreat, will be available on Amazon beginning March 2nd, 2012.

Michelle’s Review – 5 Skulls – A

My Review:

What an interesting dilemma this book put me in. On one hand, I should be a responsible reviewer and review this book objectively, pointing out the flaws, the inconsistencies, the problems…


This book gripped my heart and swept me up in a whirlwind of emotion. Yes, I’m going cheesy here. I don’t care. It’s my review and it’s going to ooze cheesiness. I cannot help it. You get a cheesy me when I cried for most of a book. You get cheesy me when I go into work late because I had to reapply my makeup. You get cheesy me when I was so moved that I had to STOP thinking about the book at work for fear I’d tear up again. The book moved me. Because it moved me in such a strong manner, it deserves a high rating. I know I’m a crybaby and can cry over any sad scene but this book moved me, it wasn’t just sad scenes. Whether it hit the right spot just for me, or it will have the same effect on other people, I don’t know. I’m just telling you- it moved me.

This book is not your normal story. It’s like a snapshot of a small portion of a Layken’s life. It’s not intended to tell the story of Layken or even go in-depth over any of Layken’s problems. As a reader, you get to peak into a small part of Layken. While it is a small part, it is full of pain, heartache, discovery, laughter, and growth. I loved this. You are literally dropped into the problem, and once the problem is resolved, you are dropped out of it (the end). You wonder, well what now? That feeling of unanswered questions made me realize how quickly I fell into Layken’s life. I craved more. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t satisfied with what I got. It doesn’t mean I didn’t think the little taste of Layken’s life wasn’t amazing, it just means I want more.

Layken and Will and “the brothers” were amazing. The banter, the emotions, the problems, was so heartbreakingly real that I could read page after page of interaction between the four of them. Add in a mother with a very profound secret, a twist that puts a wall up between Layken & Will, some well-developed minor characters, and you then have one new fan of Colleen Hoover- ME!

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

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Comments 3

  • […] Wow, talk about character development. I laughed, and cried, and laughed, and cried. I could not stop reading this book, I felt so emotionally invested not only with the story but with the character’s well-being. The author is genius in making the reader fall in love with her characters. The book is an easy read, and I was so surprised when I quickly reached the end. I’ve already book 2 and loved that one as well. I’m confident that we’ll be hearing much more from Ms. Hoover in the future. Review […]

  • Sigh. I just downloaded to my Kindle. Michelle, it’s hard to resist your enthusiasm. 🙂