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 suppose I will start at the beginning. I saw this book around goodreads a few times and never really gave it a chance. I didn't even read the synopsis. I just looked at the title and thought "Uh... what?... No". I shouldn't have judged the book by the title....
I first actually paid attention to this book after I had read beautiful disaster by Jaime McGuire and was looking at a list on goodreads about similar books with intense love. And I believe this book was #3 or #4. So I read the synopsis, but still judged. (I've really got to stop doing that).. It sounded interesting but the part that threw me off was the slam poetry thing. The only slam poetry I've seen was on TV & in movies, and it's always been poetry ethnic I'll say. So.. I was thinking this is either going to be ghetto or weird. But it was amazing. I repeat... AMAZING!
Poetry wasn't a huge part of this book like I thought it was gonna be, but it was a very meaningful part. I thought it was going to have a lot of poetry but there were actually only a handful. I thought the best one of all of them was the first one. When Will first takes Lake to slam night and the girls does the poem about being abused. It was like wow!
I really loved how the story played out. I was thinking there's no way.. like what can happen now... but it kept going and going and getting better and better. Layken was a really good character. She'd recently lost her father but was coping pretty well I think. And helping her mom with her little brother. I think it really said a lot about the character she was and grew even more to be. Will was also great, he too had been through some stuff, losing both his parents and now trying to raise his little brother while trying to finish college. I think they were just meant to be. I love when authors write such amazing love stories with such believable characters and true love. Gahhhh!
A few characters that I think need some recognition is Eddie, Caulder & Kel (the little brothers). Eddie was a wonderful best friend, even though she had really been through some shit in her lifetime, her optimism and outlook on life was very refreshing. She was very supportive of everything that Lake was going through. And Kel & Caulder, they made this book fun, when there were really serious moments, I felt like they were there so I wouldn't cry. Haha, I know it sounds weird, but I think it's true. And Halloween was I think the best part that involved the boys, just thinking about that part of the story makes me smile.
The relationship that Lake and Will had was so intense and deep and emotional. It drew me in in every way possible. I really love books like that. It's really inspiring for those looking for love and it's so romantic. There were times I wanted to cry. And times when I was very pissed off, but everything I went through was so worth reading this book.
I hope that you'll give it a change and don't judge it like I did :) I originally gave this book 4 stars and then sat there wondering why I only gave it 4, so I changed it to 5. Because there is nothing I would change about this book. It was perfect! I can't wait to read Point of Retreat and eventually the third book! It can't come fast enough! And I recently discovered another book by Colleen Hoover called Hopeless, I can't wait to get my hands on that either!
Here is the part I was talking about
from their first visit to slam poetry night:
Bom Bom...Bom Bom...Bom Bom...Do you hear that?(Her voice lingering on the word hear)That's the sound of my heart beating…(She taps the microphone again)Bom Bom...Bom Bom...Bom Bom...Do you hear that? That's the sound of your heart beating.(She begins to speak faster, much louder than before.)It was the first day of October. I was wearing my blue sweater, you know the one I bought at Dillard’s? The one with a double knitted hem and holes in the ends of the sleeves that I could poke my thumbs through when it was cold but I didn't feel like wearing gloves? It was the same sweater you said made my eyes look like reflections of the stars on the ocean.You promised to love me forever that night...and boydid youever!It was the first day of December this time. I was wearing my blue sweater, you know the one I bought at Dillard’s? The one with a double knitted hem and holes in the ends of the sleeves that I could poke my thumbs through when it was cold but I didn't feel like wearing gloves? It was the same sweater you said made my eyes look like reflections of the stars on the ocean.I told you I was three weeks late.You said it was fate.You promised to love me forever that night…and boydid youever!It was the first day of May. I was wearing my blue sweater, although this time the double stitched hem was worn and thestrength of each thread tested as they were pulled tight against my growing belly. You know the one. The same one I bought atDillard’s? The one with holes in the ends of the sleeves that I could poke my thumbs through when it was cold but I didn't feel like wearing gloves? It was the same sweater you said made my eyes look like reflections of the stars on the ocean.The SAME sweater you RIPPED off of my body as you shoved me to the floor,calling me a whore,telling meyou didn't love meanymore.Bom Bom...Bom Bom...Bom Bom...Do you hear that? That's the sound of my heart beating.Bom Bom...Bom Bom...Bom Bom...Do you hear that? That's the sound of your heart beating.(There is a long silence as she clasps her hands to her stomach, tears streaming down her face)Do you hear that? Of course you don't. That's the silence of my womb.Because youRIPPEDOFFMYSWEATER!
-Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Have you read Slammed?
Anything by Colleen Hoover?
What's your favorite "intense"
and "angsty" romance book?