Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces 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 secret that keeps them apart.
This is Colleen Hoover’s first novel and I loved it just as much as her other ones. I’d still say Maybe Someday is my all time favorite but Slammed was still really good. I didn’t plan on reading this book this month (it was not on my TBR) but I couldn’t bring a book with me when I was going out the other night so I decided to bring my Kindle and I ended up diving into Slammed. Unlike all the other CoHo books I’ve read (except Maybe Not, but that’s a novella) this book is told in one point of view: Layken’s.
I really liked Layken and sympathized with her, and Will, a lot. They both have pretty tragic lives but somehow are able to push past that and find happiness with each other anyway. Until things get complicated of course. Their complicated relationship is one of my favorite tropes and I was excited when I realized that’s where CoHo was going with this. CoHo wrote this plot very well and I couldn’t help but root for Layken and Will to find a way to be with each other. And the tension between these two was absolutely amazing. I just wanted to shove them together and say, “Just kiss already!” So good!
Overall, I wouldn’t say this is the best CoHo book ever but it’s definitely a great debut novel and I already requested the sequel from the library. Although the ending of this book was pretty solid and you definitely don’t need to read the next two books, I for one definitely want to know what happens next. I can’t wait!
“Push your boundaries, that’s what they’re there for.”