Slammed by Colleen Hoover, reviewed by Bronte
What is this book about?
A family shattered by a sudden death that leads to two unlikely lovers forming an intricate bond. Following the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and her younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.
One young man brings change to all of this. After moving across the country, Layken meets her attractive twenty-one-year-old neighbor, who has an intriguing passion for slams. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after a 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 forces that tear them apart.
Who should read this book?
This is a book that 13-25 years olds would enjoy. Its a quick and enjoyable read for people who like a sad, sweet and lovely book.
How long is this book?
206 pages. A short book.
Story Line: 8/10
Well written: 4/5
Star Rating: 4 Stars
Question 1. What character would you most like to have tea with?
Layken's brother, Kel. This is because he seems really nice and the sort of child that says a lot, but often means nothing. Sometimes it's nice to have a character that's there for an 'ice breaker' and that makes you laugh with the things they say. However he is young but still sometimes comes up with just the right thing to say and this makes him seem really lovely, sweet and just amazing.
Question 2. What character would you most like to throw tea at?
I'm not really sure if I can certainly say who I would throw tea at. Sometimes it's Layken mother as she often just thinks the wrong thing and gets the wrong impression, but sometimes she says the most perfect things and is a really good listener. You also feel a little sorry for her, just lost her husband, raising two children and also holding in her fair share of secrets that must make life difficult for her. Sometimes I want to throw tea at Will. Without giving anything away, I get why he did the things he did but he could have been nicer about it and said something different.
Question 3. What do you think of the cover?
I love this cover. It does look quite boring and simplistic but really I think thats the whole point. It is a chair in a spot light and this reflects the story because one of its key elements is a type of poetry called 'Slam'. Hense 'Slammed'. This is a lovely part of the book, I feel, and a lot of the poetry is really good and something that you can often relate too, even if the poetry is personal.
Question 4. What do you think of the title do you think there is an alternative?
Like I said, Slam poetry, 'Slammed'. It works perfectly. Slammed could also be reflective of Laykens life though, which puts the title into two perspectives, either of which works.
Question 5. Favourite quote!
“If I live the life I'm given, I won't be scared to die.”
Overall this book was a quick, very quick, we're talking a night staying up late, and therefore it was a page turner I couldn't put down. There are twists, turns, laughs, tears and awwww's therefore it is a book well worth reading.
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