Week 33 of 2018 Reading Challenge 'A young adult bestseller'
Ok, I have to admit I'm a long time stalker of Colleen Hoover and her Facebook group ‘Colleen Hoover's CoHorts.’ I've wanted to read one of her books for a while now and I know I'm a little late to the #cohort party, but I just finished reading ‘Slammed’ and OMG I'm balling my eyes out.
Self-published in 2012 ‘Slammed’ didn’t take long to make the New York Times bestseller list. The debut novel from Colleen was picked up not long after by Atria Books and republished in the same year.
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.
I want to start by mentioning the unique layout of the book. Each chapter begins with the lyrics from an Avett Brothers song. It’s a great tactic to get the reader to slow down, and feel something more profound by taking in the meaning of the words. My Favourite lyrics:
“Forever I will move like the world that turns beneath me
And when I lose my direction, I’ll look up to the sky
And when the black cloak drags upon the ground
I’ll be ready to surrender, and remember
Well we’re all in this together
If I live the life I’m given, I won’t be scared to die.”
-The Avett Brothers, Once and Future Carpenter
Hoover, Colleen. Slammed (Kindle Locations 2802-2810). Kindle Edition.
I've never been a lover of poetry, so I'm glad I was unaware it played such a significant role. This book was my introduction to slam poetry, poetry performed in competition, and I now have a new appreciation for it. For the first time, I absorbed the poetry, tried to understand it and respect it.
The character development was outstanding. My favs were Kel and Caulder, friends from the minute they met. The banter between the boys is hilarious, and their choice of Halloween costume will make you laugh and then ugly cry.
There is a plot twist that will knock the wind out of you. I had no idea it was coming. I thought it was something else, and then it happened, it’s a game changer.
There were moments I wanted to punch Will Cooper in the face, but I mean, come on, with a name like Will Cooper you know his face is too pretty to punch.
I was worried about the Insta love factor; two people who fall in love after a few days together. Most of the time in that particular scenario the connection between the lovebirds is minimal to nonexistent, making it very hard to believe that their love is a reality. Colleen Hoover did a perfect job. With a combination of humor, flirting and familiarity, you get a ‘have we met before, I feel like I've known you forever’ sort of vibe. Lake and Will’s attraction for each other feels deep-rooted, solid and electric. They exist purely to be with each other. If only it were that simple.
This book is so much more than a love story. It's about love, death, grief, friendships, family dynamics and living life to the fullest.
I was disappointed when the book ended, everything about it was intoxicating, and I wanted it to go on and on forever. Do you want the good news? There is a sequel called ‘Point of Retreat.’ I bet you can guess what i will be doing this week !!!
Are you a fellow CoHort, entirely infatuated by Colleen Hoover and her magical writing?
Let me know down below which of her books is your favorite.
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