Friday, June 17, 2016

Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Book info:
TitleSlammed
Author:  Colleen Hoover
Series: Slammed
Genre:  NA Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 5th, 2012
Source:  From OTSP Secret Sister

This is an older Colleen Hoover title, compared to the first one I read.  But it is just as good, and continues to cement my love of this author's work.  As a teacher myself, I often have some issues with any kind of relationship between teacher and student, but in this book, it works for me because of their ages and definitely their circumstances.

The main character is Layken.  Her father recently passed away unexpectedly, and so her family, which includes her mother and younger brother, have moved to where a friend of her mother's lives.  On basically the first day there, Layken meets the neighbors across the street, a little boy who is the same age as her brother and immediately they become best friends.  And also his older brother, Will, who is his brother's guardian, as they lost both of their parents.  Layken is 18, and Will is 21, and there is an instant attraction between the two of them.  Will is very much into poetry slams, and takes Layken to one shortly after they meet. And then, when Layken finally starts at the local school for the end of her senior year, their relationship hits a big obstacle.  Turns out that Will is going to be one of Layken's teachers.  

Of course this means that they can't keep dating.  As Will is the guardian for his brother, and the only family left, he cannot lose this job that helps him take care of his brother.  Yes, Will is kind of young to already be a teacher.  It seems as if this is a bit of an internship type of job, and that he will be guaranteed a job as long as he does well.  Will must put his brother first, and so he tells Layken that they can't be together anymore.  Layken tries to stay away, even thinks about switching classes.  Until Will realizes it isn't fair to make her do that, and they will just have to try to go to a teacher-student/neighbor relationship, at least for the rest of the year.

Of course it isn't just this relationship that will cause Layken stress.  Something to do with her family will cause her life to turn upside down, and she will turn to Will for comfort. And while the two of them are able to do their best to stay platonic, in the end they will have to admit their feelings and decide how to handle them in a way that won't destroy both of their lives. 

I loved the romance, and the book ended so good, but left me so eager to read on since this is a series I guess.  So now I'll have to get a copy of the 2nd book.  Once again I am going to suggest that if you haven't read Colleen Hoover yet, you need to grab one of her books and get started!  Another great emotional romance from this author! 

10 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you liked this! It was the first CoHo book I've ever read and it got me hooked. :D I haven't read the second or third of this series though!

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    1. I want to buy a copy of the 2nd one, it is a bargain book at Barnes and Noble, but we didn't get any at the location where I work. I can't make myself drive to one on the other side of town though for some reason. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I haven't read a CoHo book yet but this one sounds so cool and I'm excited to read it myself because I have an ecopy. It sounds like the romance is brilliant and now all you want is more ^.^

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    1. I would say this one is closer to YA than NA. Not in a bad way, just might make a difference in whether you want to pick it up! You should try it, I love CoHo's books!

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  3. I'm not big on romance novels, but this one sounds good; glad you liked the ending. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. I hadn't been much of a romance reader for awhile, but I'm getting back into them. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I'm so glad that you loved the book!!! This book made me fall in love with the idea of slam poetry - love the poetry in it!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I like the idea of slam poetry, but I know I'd never be brave enough to go up on stage and read like that. As it is by Colleen Hoover, I knew it would be good. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Ohh great review Lisa! I have only read two books by Colleen Hoover one was a miss for me and the other was hit that I absolutely love and enjoy it so much. But since her books are a hit or miss for me I check them out from the library. And this one really looks and sounds absolutely amazing. I might give this one a try one day. Thank you for the awesome post my friend.

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    1. I've only had problems with one of her books, Ugly Love, and I was listening to the audiobook. I may try to go back and actually pick up the book and read it. This one was pretty good. Thanks for stopping by!

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