PJV QUICKIE: An emotional story that grabs you, shakes you, and leaves you saying “Again!”
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication: April 17, 2012 by Create Space
Source: Personal Copy
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First, a confession – I don’t normally read self-published books. Honestly, if I had realized when I bought Slammed that it was self-pubbed, I probably wouldn’t have bought it… and that would have been my loss. I really, really liked this book.
Slammed is a story about Laken, who’s 18 and has just moved to Michigan from Texas at the beginning of her senior year with her mother and 11-year-old brother. Her father recently died and the family is moving back to her mother’s home town. Moments after she arrives, she meets Will, her across-the-street neighbor.
Will – Oh, wow. Get a comfy chair, carve out some time to read, and prepare to meet your newest fictional boyfriend. After a bit of flirting, Will takes her on a date to a poetry slam – a stand up poetry competitition. She learns through his poem that his parents died in an accident, which is how he ended up taking care of his 11-year-old brother. (Yes, Laken and Will’s brothers quickly become BFFs and they’re adorable together)
So, I’m reading along, enjoying the intro to their relationship then… OH SNAP! I did not see the conflict coming and couldn’t imagine how they’re going to fix it… without giving spoilers, it’s a doozy.
Added to Laken and Will’s romantic problems is Laken’s anger at her mother for moving, and other issues that change the path of Laken’s life forever. The back-and-forth between Laken and her mother was well-written and real – teen angst vs parental wisdom.
Add the secondary characters: Laken and Will’s brothers, Laken’s BFF Eddie, and some fantastic poems, and you’ve got a book for the Keeper Shelf. Trust me on this. I picked this book up hoping for a good, angsty teen read but what I got was so much more. (I haven’t had to hold back tears while reading a book in awhile.) As soon as I finished I immediately bought the second book in the series, Point of Retreat, which picks up a few months after the events in Slammed (and is told from Will’s POV).
If you like angsty romance and a story that is, in turns, funny and heartbreaking, you’ll love this. Slammed is a YA, but some of the subject matter is mature; I wouldn’t recommend for younger teens.
Like This, Like That:
Thoughtless by S.C. Stevens (no cheating in Slammed, but same dark, angsty feel)
Easy by Tammara Webber (OMG y’all, this one was so good!)