Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

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Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Book Info

Released: January 5, 2012
Genre: New Adult
Series: Slammed #1
Pages: 214


“I’m starting to see Colleen Hoover in the light of master storyteller of emotions because that’s my biggest draw to her stories.  They pull at the strings of my heart until it feels drained and run over by the end of the book, but also with a sense of happiness and satisfaction.” ~Under the Covers

SLAMMED was a book that crept up on me and took hold of my heart.  Starting off with a simple enough story, heroine who just lost her father moves to a new town with her mom and brother to start a new life, while finishing high school.  Girl then meets cute boy, they fall in love and then WHAM!  A whole lot of unexpected happens.

First let me just say how much I enjoyed the slamming concept.  Never heard of this, but I love poetry and the slamming was just a take charge spoken word that I found immensely powerful.  Many of the characters in this book open up through slamming and it often brought tears to my eyes.  The author did an AMAZING job at conveying all their pain and hurt, their life stories, through such simple yet powerful words.

And then there’s the fact that this isn’t just a simple romance between two young kids.  Because lets face it, they are younger than I like to read about.  But both Will and Layken are very mature for their age.  They’ve gone through immense loss in their lives and had to face responsibilities early on, that other kids wouldn’t know anything about.

Aside from being a great life story though, that takes us through some hard adversities they had to face, this was also a story of love.  Will and Layken are perfect for each other, but circumstances keep them apart.  They both do what’s right, which is not often seen lately in books in this genre.  It just made me respect both of them more.  But I also liked to see them fall apart in each others’ arms and be each others’ support.

I have to admit I probably spent the last 20 minutes of this audiobook crying my eyeballs out.  The subject of losing a parent hits home for me and watching them face that undefeatable end was a hard topic to read about.  The author again does an amazing job at pulling the readers emotions along with everything her characters are feeling.  I’m starting to see Colleen Hoover in the light of master storyteller of emotions because that’s my biggest draw to her stories.  They pull at the strings of my heart until it feels drained and run over by the end of the book, but also with a sense of happiness and satisfaction.

Even though SLAMMED is not left on a cliffhanger, there is a second part to this book that I need to get to soon.  I just don’t know how much more these two have to go through before life just gives them a break.  I’m ready to see them happy for a while.

Favorite Quotes:

“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 thing of all
To put the emphasis
On life .”

“Question everything. Your love, your religion, your passion. If you don’t have questions, you’ll never find answers.”

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

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

“Life happens. Shit happens. And it happens a lot. To a lot of people.”

“This thing about you that you think is your flaw – it’s the reason I’m falling in love with you.”

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About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels and five novellas. Hoover’s novels fall into the New Adult and Young Adult contemporary romance categories.

Hoover published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012. It debuted at #5 on the New York Times. Since then, all her eligible works have become New York Times best sellers.

Colleen Hoover is published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. Colleen also has several self-published titles.

In 2013, Colleen’s third novel, Hopeless, was the first self-published novel to reach #1 on The New York Times, where it remained for several weeks. Hopeless went on to become one of the top 20 bestselling ebooks of 2013.

In 2015, Colleen’s novel CONFESS won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance. That was followed up in 2016 with her latest title, It Ends With Us, also winning the Choice Award for Best Romance. In 2017, her title WITHOUT MERIT won best romance.

Her novel CONFESS has been filmed as a series by Awestruck and is available on Katie Leclerc and Ryan Cooper star in the series.

Colleen founded The Bookworm Box, a charity subscription service and bookstore, with her family in 2015. The Bookworm Box is a subscription service that provides readers with an exciting opportunity to receive signed novels in the mail each month from authors all over the world. All profits from the subscription service are donated to various charities each month. To date, The Bookworm Box has donated over $1,000,000 to help those in need.

Colleen’s next release is All Your Perfects, a contemporary romance novel due to release through Atria Books in July, 2018

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  1. I love your review!! I loved Slammed and Point of Retreat is AMAZING as well!! Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors 🙂

  2. Great review. Loved this book and it’s sequel Point of Retreat.
    A third in this series is set to be released soon.

  3. I have read Hopeless and Losing Hope,and Colleen Hoover is simply fantastic writer!
    I will definitely read this series!

    Thanks for the excellent review Francesca!

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