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October 13, 2012

Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover - Juhina

Slammed (Slammed, #1)

Title: Slammed (Slammed #1)
Author: Colle en Hoover
Publication date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre(s): New Adult (Contemporary)
Challenges: Debut, Contemporary
Source: NetGalley
Format: Digital ARC
Pages: 352
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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.
Slammed by Colleen Hoover has solidified the New Adult genre for me as a favorite right now. Slammed was a book that contained so many emotions, struggles, three-dimensional characters, a plot that breaks your heart, and most of all, writing that is so beautiful yet at the same time simple. Slammed comes from the art of poetry called “slam”. Basically it is poetry but so emotional and when one reads it, the hairs on your arm rise and you instantly feel the connection and emotion of the reader. The main protagonist Layken, her mom, and little brother just moved to a new town. There she meets Will and his little brother Caulder, the two kids instantly connect and so does Layken and Will. 
However something major occurs in the plot and the stakes get tripled. Don’t try to figure out what the major plot twist is, trust me, it isn’t anything bad or severseverlyly heartbreaking, it is what actually causes the plot to be so unique and different from usual contemporary novels. I just felt for both of them so much. Will was just amazing, he had his faults like every other human being, but that’s what makes him so likable. I loved the angst they went through trying to be together and also the love they both showed for their own and each other’s brothers. Slammed is told from Layken’s POV, she is in her last year of high school, and she was such an amazing character. I honestly don’t think I was ever frustrated with any of the characters on Slammed, or even with the progression of the plot! 
A couple of weeks later I am still as affected as I was with Slammed when I first finished it. Colleen Hoover is officially a contemporary genius. I can’t say how much I am in love with Slammed. Just thinking about it makes my heart flutter. I recommend it to every single contemporary fan out there with no exceptions!! Pick it up right now, you won't regret it. I finally have added another book to my all time favorites shelf, trust me, it is very rare for that to happen. 
All Time Favorite!! 


  1. Eeeppp!!! SO MANY good reviews of this book! Makes me want to read Slammed SO BADLY. Hehe. Great review, Juhina! :D

    Fara @ Tumbling In Books

  2. Wait, the blurb is taken from The Assassin's Curse, dear :P

    But I LOVE your review. Slammed is one of my all-time favourites too! ^_^

    Zuleeza @ My Qwerty

  3. Aww, such a beautiful review, Juhina! I warmed up to this book instantly. ♥ I intended to pass this book because it doesn't sound like something I would enjoy, but your review convinced me otherwise! I love three-dimensional characters, so I just imagined my excitement of meeting them later!

    Thank you for the gorgeous, insightful review! ♥ :)

  4. I am dying to read this book! I have read so many glowing reviews for this one and yours is one of them! I hope to read this soon! Great review :)

    We Fancy Books

  5. Oh yay I'm glad you're a fan of this book too Juhina, I agree the new adult genre is certainly making a big impression this year. You have me intrigued about the major occurrence that happens in this book! I really need to pick this book soon! Brilliant review Juhina! :)

  6. Great review, Juhina! I've been seen this book on many blogs, and it has definitely piqued my interest! It seems that everyone who reads it loves it!

  7. Woah. I need to try a book from this genre. I am SO INTRIGUED by it, and your review of this one especially makes me want to pick it up!

    Awesome review!

  8. I'm loving the New Adult genre too, Juhina! Slammed was so amazing, it's one of my all-time favorites as well. Glad you enjoyed it too. Wonderful review. :)

  9. All time favourite?! I don't see you use that rating too often so this really must be a special book. I don't need much more convincing. I'll have to squeeze this in somewhere. :)

  10. I don't often read contemporary, preferring to stick more to the paranormal end of things but I've heard so many great things about Slammed that when I seen it on Netgalley, I didn't hesitate to request it. I'm glad to see you also loved it, and it's become one of your all time favourites :)

  11. Ooh I've heard AMAZING things about Colleen Hoover's Slammed so now I have to try and read it :D I'm so glad this was really powerful and it really made a mark within you :D

  12. I have been dying to read this book forever! And your review has just got me more hyped up for it. I love the sound of the characters and this plot twist but most of all I am a HUGE fan of sweet, heart-felt romance! This is just my kind of book, so I can't wait to finally start it! Thanks for the AMAZING review, Juhina! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  13. I've had Slammed on my kindle for a long time and I can't believe I haven't read it yet! So happy to see you enjoyed it. Great review!

  14. I hadn't heard of this one yet but you totally made me want to run out and get a copy right this second! I'm especially looking forward to discovering this new form of poetry called "slam". Fantastic review Juhina! =)