Published by Simon and Schuster on September 18th 2012
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult, Coming of Age
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Also by this author: Hopeless, Losing Hope
From 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.
I absolutely loved the story line of this book, even the parts that completely broke my heart.
Slammed has the whole forbidden love aspect. I also like how much Lake grows throughout this book. In the beginning she acts like most teenagers when they don’t get their way or their feelings are hurt. But by the end, she has so much wisdom and learns to deal with life and the situations in her family better. I also love Will. He goes through so many things to try to keep his shit together, and it’s definitely not easy at times.
The whole aspect of slam poetry intrigued me. I’ve never really heard any, and it makes me want to find places local to me that feature it.
If you want love, humor, loss, and everything in between, this is a book you need to pick up!