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    DescriptionFrom the #1 "New York Times "bestselling author of "Hopeless "and "Losing Hope. " "Falling in love can feel like poetry. Or it can feel like a slam to the heart." Colleen Hoover's romantic, emotion-packed debut novel unforgettably captures all the magic and confusion of first love, as two young people forge an unlikely bond before discovering that fate has other plans for them. Following the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken becomes the rock for both her mother and younger brother. She appears resilient and tenacious, but inside, she's losing hope. Then she meets her new neighbor Will, a handsome twenty-one-year-old whose mere presence leaves her flustered and whose passion for poetry slams thrills her. Not long after a heart-stopping first date during which each recognizes something profound and familiar in the other, they are slammed to the core when a shocking discovery brings 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 forces that tear them apart. Only through the poetry they share are they able to speak the truth that is in their hearts and imagine a future where love is cause for celebration, not regret.


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    An amazing book5

    Suzanne Finnegan It's been a few months since Layken's dad died and they can no longer afford to stay living on their ranch in Texas. So Layken, her mom and her brother Kel, who's 9, move to Michigan, a move that Layken is really not happy with.

    As soon as Kel steps out of the u-haul, he has made a friend. A boy named Caulder who lives directly across the street from them. And within minutes, Layken meets his very hot older brother, Will.

    Over the next few days, they really hit it off, and even go on their first date. But come Monday morning, they're both devastated when they realise that they can't be together.

    This is an amazing book that filled me with so many emotions. I was laughing out loud, crying heartbreaking tears and tears of joy. This was a book that really tugged the heart strings in so many different directions. This kind of book is not what I would usually read, but having read some amazing reviews, once I picked it up, I just couldn't put it down.

    A part of this that I really enjoyed, which actually surprised me, was the slam poetry. Before beginning this book I had envisioned myself skimming over the poetry sections. But they were well written and I loved the part they played in the book.

    Lake and Will were both amazing characters that I don't think anyone could but like and feel for. The secondary characters play a significant part in this book, especially both younger brothers and Lake's mother. Eddie (a girl), who quickly becomes Lake's best friend was another great addition. She's had her own hardships in life, but yet she remains perky and upbeat and is always looking out for Lake. The relationship she has with Gavin is sweet and endearing.

    Read it!!! That's the best advice I can give. Point of Retreat, book 2 in this series is up next for me. And from the blurb, I'm expecting another ride on an emotional rollercoaster. by Suzanne Finnegan

  • Fantastic Read!5

    Cherie This book was fantastic! I don't give out 5 stars easily or often and when I do it's only to those books that really make me feel something and have something original to offer. Slammed does both of those things.

    First, a comment on the cover. I was not blown away by it. I admit it. I'm a little bit of a cover whore. If it's pretty, I'm drawn to it. This cover just did not scream "Read me!" Now however, after reading it, I understand it and think it's fitting. So, if you're like me and are a little bit hesitant because of the cover, don't be!

    As for the content of the book, this was one of my favorites so far this year. The blurb was a little bit vague and I also don't want to give anything away so I'll try hard to avoid spoilers here. Our main character, Layken, is an 18 year old high school senior who recently lost her father to an unexpected heart attack. As a result, she moves with her mother and brother back to her mom's hometown. Her little brother makes friends with the boy across the street and she meets his older brother, Will. They feel an immediate connection.

    Ok, let me stop there. Yes, there is some insta-love going on here. This was the one aspect of this story that I didn't really care for. There is almost no progression of relationship here. They meet, they immediately fall madly in love. Normally, this is a huge no-no for me. This just does not happen in real life. Maybe I'm a little bit jaded but I do not believe in love at first sight. Lust at first sight, maybe, but not love at first sight. I think relationships can start off hot and heavy but for there to be any real depth of feeling there needs to be some growth between the characters. I almost took away a star because of this.

    The saving grace was Ms. Hoovers writing. It was exceptional and was so good that this book deserves all 5 stars despite the instant attraction between Layken and Will. She did a fantastic job of showing emotion through the characters and illustrating those emotions through actions and scenes rather than just telling the reader about them. There were quite a few scenes that made me just ache for the characters and still others that had me outright crying.

    There is also poetry in this book. Don't be intimidated or turn away because of it. I myself am not a huge fan of poetry and don't always find it easy to read or relateable. Here, though, the poetry only enhances the story and, in fact, adds to the plot by giving us insight into each of the characters. It is readable and easy to understand while still being powerful and poignant.

    This was a fantastic book and I will be trying to get my hands on the next book as soon as I can. I cannot wait to read Point of Retreat. by Cherie

  • Get ready to be Slammed!5

    Michelle Sedeño Read my full review post on my blog, http://michelleshoutsrandom.blogspot.com/2012/09/book-review-slammed-by-colleen-hoover.html

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    When you see a book listed together with Fifty Shades, Beautiful Disaster, Bared to You, etc with the title Intense and "Angsty" Romance in Goodreads...it makes you wanna stay away from that book especially when all you want is a clean, but really good romance book. But something about this book makes me don't wanna miss it. Especially with consistent high reviews and ratings.

    Saw it on Netgalley. Requested. Got approved. And here I am.

    I never expected I'd like this but... I. Love. This. Book! Awesome. Awesome. Awesome!

    It's seems like a love at first sight for Will, and Layken was just being friendly since she just moved in. Usually, this kind of sequence would irritate me, but no. Never this time. Coz after this cliché intro, I was pretty hooked up with the story and characters.

    I loved how Colleen Hoover created Will, as the swoon-worthy male leading character without making him as a jerk or describing how hot he is in over-exaggerating adjective words. He is adorable because he's being a real and lovable person. He's being real through poetry. Layken confuses me sometimes, though. One time, she's being adorable, one time she's being like a spoiled child. The story wasn't clearly I expected. It contains a powerful romance, and holds a dilemma neither I can't help but think of ways how to fix it. I also loved the Slammed in the book and poetry (you'll see what I meant when you read it).

    Slammed is a book about love. Love for your family, parents, sibling, job, your life...and that special person. Reading this book made me realized that my heart was never torn since Dear John by Nicholas Sparks (which was a million years reads ago), or be into a whirlwind of emotions. I was never prepared for any of it. It is also a book that talks about the reality of our life. It is true, it is honest. Any reader would learn a lesson and fall in love from this book. Everything about this book is lovable.

    I'm about to request Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) now... ;)

    And oh, have I told you that is a clean contemporary romance? by Michelle Sedeño

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