PJV QUICKIE: An emotional story that grabs you, shakes you, and leaves you saying “Again!”

Title: Slammed
Author: Colleen Hoover
ISBN: 1468161660
Publication: April 17, 2012 by Create Space
Source:  Personal Copy
Links:  Author Web >> Author Facebook>> Purchase Book >>Goodreads
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Review

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).

Recommendations:

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!)