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Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

In Slammed, by Colleen Hoover, Layken Cohen’s Senior year is not going as planned. After her father’s unexpected death, her mother moves the entire family from Texas to Michigan. Lake is trying to make the best out of a bad situation. When she meets her sexy neighbor Will Cooper, the two hit it off instantly and suddenly Michigan isn’t so bad. Then Lake learns what Will does for a living and there is absolutely no way they can be together because of his career. If that wasn’t bad enough, Lake’s mother reveals the real reason she moved the family to Michigan. How will Lake deal with both of these blows?

13372690I was a little skeptical about reading a book about a high schooler. Being an adult, I find it difficult to relate to younger characters, but the buzz on social media was too much for me to ignore. I shouldn’t have worried at all because Hoover once again delivers another outstanding book. What happens to Lake and Will could certainly happen to anyone at any age.

If I had to pick a favorite character from this book, I would have to pick Will. He has such a quirky sense of humor. The fact that he is raising his brother at such a young age after their parents died gave him bonus points. Will tried so hard throughout the book to do the honorable thing with Lake when it would have been very easy to give in to temptation.

If I had to pick a favorite scene from this book, it would have to be Lake experiencing snow for the first time and busting her butt on the driveway in front of Will. As a transplant to the Midwest, I totally feel for Lake. Winter in the Midwest is a shock if you aren’t used to it.

I have to say the hype about this book is completely spot on. At this point I am not sure if Hoover can write anything I don’t like. Anyone who enjoys romance or women’s fiction should give this book a read.

Reviewed by Candy

About the Book:

Title: Slammed (Slammed, #1)

Author: Colleen Hoover

Release Date: January 5, 2012

Category: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Source: Borrowed from the Library

Book Summary:

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.

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