Slammed by Colleen Hoover, published February 2013 by Simon & Schuster.
Read: April 2015
Genre: New Adult/Romance/Contemporary
Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: Layken’s father died suddenly, leaving her to gather every ounce of strength to be a pillar for her family, in order to prevent their world from falling apart. Now her life is taking another unexpected turn…Layken’s mother gets a job which leads to an unwanted move across the country. However, a new home means new neighbours… and Layken’s new neighbour is the very attractive Will Cooper.
Will has an intriguing passion for slam poetry, and a matching passion for life. The two feel an irresistible attraction but are rocked to the core when a shocking revelation brings their romance to a screeching halt. Layken and Will must find a way to fight the forces that threaten to tear them apart… or learn to live without each other.
Everyone who reads this blog will surely know I’m a CoHo addict. I’m not in denial, but I sure as hell ain’t seeking help either. This woman! I generally love all of her books, but some of them are absolute favourites, and this is one of them. I can’t delve too much into what I adore about the storyline, without giving away details that I think would ruin the element of surprise in this novel. CoHo is the Queen of Surprise. What I will say, is that I made some status updates on Goodreads while reading this book (which I should really do more often, they are incredibly helpful when it comes to writing reviews), and by 70 pages into this read, I was on-line ordering the next two in the series. Hoover’s books are never “cheap”, you may get them for a little less than RRP sometimes, but for a bargain hunter like me, they’re basically full price, and I didn’t want to commit to this series until I’d dipped my toe in the water. I know, silly me.
First of all, this was my thought process while reading this book:
“Oh Colleen, how I adore you. I didn’t see that coming, and I love it already!!! I HAVE to order the rest of these NOW!”
“Aw no. Why, Colleen? Why must you make my heart your plaything???”
“I think I kinda love Eddie.”
“Will! *swoon* I need Kleenex, stat!”
“*sobs* I’ll never look at a pink balloon the same way again. Ever!”
“*wails* my chest aches. I think Will might be my favourite CoHo man ever. I’ve ordered book 2 and 3, and I SHOULD have requested next day delivery. I can’t COPE until they get here! *bows to CoHo* once again, my Queen, you were spectacular.”
Do you see what I’m getting at here?
This is Hoover’s debut novel, and I won’t lie, I can see development in her writing from this to her more recent releases. However, this book is very well written, and it really struck a chord with me. Her characters are wonderfully developed (even her sub-characters), her storyline unique and gripping, and her ability to make you feel really is second to none. All of that, and oh yea, Will Cooper.
Credit where it is due though, this story is about so much more than the romance. Yes, that is a central theme, but we’re also dealing with grief, and responsibility, and growing up. And slammed poetry. I haven’t seen a lot of slammed (or spoken word) poetry, but what I have seen I’ve loved (I’ve included some of my favourites at the end of this review). I was so glad I’d already seen some of this for myself before reading the book, as it helped bring the written slams to life. It’s going to be very interesting to see how Hoover turns this into a trilogy, Contemporary trilogies are few and far between, right?
Have you read Slammed? Do you love Colleen Hoover? Talk to me in the comments!