By Colleen Hoover
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
A few months ago I read Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover and I loved it so much I stayed awake until 6 a.m. reading it! In fact, I have a 3000 words review expressing my feelings about it.
Needless to say was pumped to read Slammed, which I've heard nothing but good things. I was expecting to love it, but then in the first chapters it happened, INSTALOVE HAPPENED!
And by instalove I don't mean insta atraction. I'm not talking about "He's hot, I don't know him but I wouldn't mind kissing him", I'm talking about "I've know you for two days, we've been on one date, we kissed once but I'm in love with you". I was so mad when that happened. She couldn't stop thinking about him and had barely had one conversation with the guy! It threw me off almost completely but I decided to give it a shot anyway.
It did not get better! While thinking about what to write, I was trying to find words to describe Will and I came up empty. We never got a chance to get to know him. I mean Layken doesn't spend much time with him and when she does, they are either fighting about their situation or she's crying because of something.
On the other hand, we get to know Layken. She's selfish, childish and stupid sometimes. I understand she was angry and in denial and such, but she shouldn't have treated her mother and acted they way she did. I think she was a little empty. There's nothing remarkable about her personality, she's just there.
Therefore I didn't care about this characters, they were shallow. I didn't feel anything, I was not hurting like they were which was what I was expecting after reading Maybe Someday.
Beside the instalove thing there's also the instafriendship. Layken and Eddie knew one another for a few weeks and they were already best friends forever. I mean, Layken didn't even make an effort to be her friend, they never hung out outside school and suddenly they were super close. It was just surreal.
Now, moving on to the things I liked. Cauldron and Kel are just the most amazing kids ever. They were super weird but also funny and unique. Their relationship is super cute, I guess friendships are easier when you're a nine-year-old and like imaginary sword fighting!
The writing style and poetry were the only thing that kept me reading. I usually don't like poetry, but I found myself fascinated with slam poetry, the expressiveness of it and how the author inserted in the book. I even liked some of the clichés attached to it.
To sum up. I'm not saying this was a bad book, I was disappointed, I was hoping for a different thing. Please, do not not read the book because of my review, your opinion my differ from mine, there are a lot of people who love this book, I'm the one going against the current.
Have you read Slammed? If so, what did you think? Share your opinion of the comment section down below!