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Slammed (Slammed #1)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  141,068 ratings  ·  11,945 reviews
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 introductio
ebook, 317 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Colleen Hoover (first published January 4th 2012)
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Taryn at My Secret Romance
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I am going to SLAM my review. Not really sure if I SLAMMED it correctly, to be honest. Before I do, I need say this- this book deserves an endless number of stars!

I fell in love with a book by an author
Who wrote the most beautifully compelling story
I think I have ever read
For real
A story of two people struggling to climb a mountain of quicksand
With nothing to grab onto but each others hand
A story of a heart shattering love
And life's winding roads
Dhak dhak dhak....
do you hear that?
That's the sound of my heart beating as I finish the book...

Dhak dhak dhak.....
do you hear that?
That's the sound of my heart chanting "I wish this would never end".

Shush shush shush....
do you hear that?
That's the sound of my lips trying to form words enough to express what I feel....
Right now I'm thinking I so wish this story was real...

Will made me fall in love with him
Lake and Julia made me cry
Kel and Caulder were adorable
Eddie was like the fourth of july [
Aestas Book Blog
MOVIE NEWS!!! ---> Both SLAMMED and POINT OF RETREAT have been optioned by a MOVIE producer!!!!!!!

WOW! 6 stars!! What a beautiful and powerful book! Definitely a MUST read!!

I loved this book for so many reasons... I loved that Will and Lake were wonderfully refreshing hero and heroine characters because they were realistic, smart, not annoying in any way and didn't make stupid decisions. I loved the author's writing style - its very simple but very powerful and its one of those books tha
Abbi Glines
Awesome. Must read! I devoured this book. The story sucks you in and doesn't let you go. Adore Colleen Hoover and must read more of her.
♡Karlyn P♡

Wanted to love it, but this is not my kind of romance. Not even for a YA romance.

SLAMMED was angsty teenage love story with a heart wrenching sub-plot, but the heroine made it a very disappointing read. I expected a more mature minded heroine, not an overly emotional girl who thinks a mad boy crush after one date is the 'real thing'. The whole high school giggly student bit was a turn off for me.

I liked Will a lot, and thought his maturity and love for poetry was well portrayed, but I didn't ge
S.C. Stephens
Wow! I can’t believe I’m only allowed to give this book five stars. It affected me on so many levels. I mean, gut-wrenching, sobbing, tears streaming down my face affected me…and I’m not a crier. It touched my soul. It was filled with not only everything I was looking for, but everything I needed—-romance, heartache, poetry, beauty, humor, friendship, family and love, so much love that it hurt my heart!

This book is so much more than a love story. It’s packed with important life lessons. If you’v
Aug 31, 2014 Ails rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ails by: Jan Bethel
Slam poetry plays a major role in Colleen Hoover's "Slammed." So instead of the traditional way, I present you my attempt at a simple poetic review. Note: "Schooled" is originally written by Layken Cohen, the main female character in this book.


I got schooled this year
By fictional characters
By a beautiful story
By a book

I got schooled this year
By Layken, Will, Julia, Kel, and Eddie
They taught me to accept death and life
That it'll get in our way and we have to be ready
They taught me to la
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
2 stars.**Review posted August 11, 2013

First of all I must say that I LIKED the slamming (I don't mean the doors, I'm talking about the poetry). Sorry, couldn't resist. I would rate that with four stars.

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Up to the 35 % mark it was nice, it was good, it was ok even though it didn't knock my socks off. I've had a few minor issues but nothing too annoying. Unfortunately a lot went downhill after that update and too many things--and especially a HIGHLY annoying and juvenile bitch--compromised the boo
Emily May

I am conducting what I'm shelving as a "New Adult (NA) Experiment". I'm going to work my way through some of the popular New Adult books and see if I can weed out the crap and hopefully find some surprising gems. Here's hoping!

It's been a while, my friends. I had to take a break for the sake of my sanity. I decided to return to the NA experiment with Slammed because I'd heard it was less offensive than Hoover's later novel - Hopeless - and also because I've had luck with a NA student/teacher rom
Kristin (KC)
Don't take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.

Inspiring! I am genuinely floored by the brilliance of this book! I adored every single one of these amazing characters and the way they were so realistically portrayed. The unique plot, the bitter-sweet tension, and the tender romance all had me mesmerized...but I won't further digress on these elements, as I'm sure they will clearly speak for themselves...

What I do want to shine a light upon is the bre
I am a girl named Cory
Who really likes to read stories
I suck at rhyming
But that’s just fine…ing
And fa la la la la.

This is a book about poetry
That doesn’t like to show us things
It tells us it’s speshul
It tells us it’s different
When really it’s just the same old shit.

Tarryn Fisher
I hated this book. JUST KIDDING!
Let's start with Lake (I feel like I can call her Lake since I know her so well). Many authors-huge, famous authors-write characters that make me roll my eyes...scrunch up my nose...close the book and not miss them-EVER. Lake was not one of those characters. She was literary flesh and bone. She was "cool" and funny and deep. Most of all, I believed she was eighteen. We all know what Will was, so I won't go there.

Maybe I WILL

I want him

You know what else I want? A
There Comes a Time

There comes a time in life when you read, feel, or hear something and words
Cannot not describe the emotions, thoughts or actions it brings out of you.
There comes a time in life when you feel inspired to do something that it is you've never done before,
Experience things you never thought you could do.
There comes a time in your life when against all odds you know there is a light at the end of the tunnel,
And that you will make it out okay.
Breathing, living, crying, screamin
I just read this whole thing on a plane and WOW. This is one of the best contemporaries I've read in a long time. I was wary of this book because it's new adult, but I really, really enjoyed it. Having older characters was a nice change and the story was seriously so fast and addicting. *flies to Amazon to order sequel*
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So I promised myself I wouldn't use some cheesy play on the word slammed, but daaaaaamn this book not only slammed me right out of my book slump but slammed me into total Colleen Hoover submission!! I confess I wasn't slammed right away. In fact, I was devistated. Utterly disappointed and totally convinced this was going to be another generic romance that happens way too quickly....

I was wrong! Wrong. Wrong. WRONG!!! The turning point for me
If you're in a reading slump, and you want to try something genuinely unique, unlike anything else out there - here's your book. It sneaks up on you, starting out with one girl (Layken) missing one parent (check). Add quirky little brother (check) and an unwanted move cross country, because of a parental job transfer (check). She arrives at her new destination, and immediately meets cute, charming guy (Will - double check).

What you don't realize is that this is the end of what you expected. You'
C.J. Roberts
Aug 13, 2012 C.J. Roberts rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who don't mind a good cry.
Recommended to C.J. by: Colleen Hoover
Shelves: series, ya, indie
I haven't been reading much lately; I've been busy writing my sequel. Slammed is the first book I've been able to read in almost seven months and it's not my typical read.

In all honesty, I don't usually read YA books because they usually don't have any sex in them. I read Colleen Hoover's, Slammed, because she took a HUGE chance recommending my dark erotica to her mainstream audience. I appreciate the hell out of that.

So, what did I think?

At first, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy the book - t
“Imperfections define perfection”

When something bad happens is not easy to move on.
If you dont have someone by your side then you are stuck in your misery.
If he leaves you , then what?

“Push your boundaries, that's what they're there for.”

Lake is trying to move on.Her father's death costed her a lot and like that wasnt enough she has to move in a new town because of her mum's job.She is hopeless , being the new girl is never easy.However she never thought that would meet someone like Will Coo

This was such a moving story! I couldn't put this down once I started reading.

Eighteen year-old Layken, or Lake, has just moved to Michigan from Texas. Her father has just died six months earlier and her mother moves them there because she gets a good job offer and they can no longer afford their house. Immediately after pulling up with the moving van, Lake meets the neighbor across the street, Will, and his little brother Caulder. He's a few years older than Lake, and in her eyes, "hot." Cauld
Rating: 2.5 Stars

Slammed is a book that has been making waves on GoodReads – big waves, popular waves, amazing waves! Waves that have words floating in them like original and heart-breaking and tear-jerker and romantic and deep and thought-provoking. Waves that, quite unfortunately, led me believe that at least some of these qualities, if not all, would be present in Slammed. Needless to say, I was terribly disappointed by the story I found within the covers of this ever-s
Holy hell. I read this in 6 hours. I don't even remember if I fed the kids dinner or who put them to bed. This book deserves a lot more than 5 stars. I don't even remember the last book I read that sucked me in like "Slammed" did. Colleen - you have a way with words & story telling. It is glaringly obvious why this was picked up by S&S. Beautiful story, amazing poetry, characters I want to know in real life...I can't say enough good things. You have a gift. I would read the phone book of ...more
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What an interesting dilemma this book put me in. On one hand, I should be a responsible reviewer and review this book objectively, pointing out the flaws, the inconsistencies, the problems…


This book gripped my heart and swept me up in a whirlwind of emotion. Yes, I’m going cheesy here. I don’t care. It’s my review and it’s going to ooze cheesiness. I cannot help it. You get
“Push your boundaries, that's what they're there for.”

It's currently 2:10 in the morning... I finished Slammed over 30 minutes ago... And I just stopped crying. I went into Slammed ONLY knowing that this book involved slam poetry. I had never even read the synopsis too this story (after reading Ugly Love I knew that when it comes to Hoover books you have to go into it blind). The odd thing is of all of Colleen's books, I've owned this one the longest and I'm just now reading it. I HATE MYSELF FO
Wendy Darling
2.5 stars A lot of potential, but I think this one tried to tackle too many issues without exploring any one of them with enough depth and focus for my taste. And please, if you have a character who is a teacher, let's have him know how to conjugate the word "lie" correctly!

Still, with more editing and thematic/character development, I think this author might have interesting things to offer in the future. Definitely interested in seeing what happens with the sequel.
This book was awful. Utterly horribly, sadistically, terrible! I can't believe I tortured myself with this and actually enjoyed it! What's wrong with me? Oh, I know, I love to read, and books like this are WHY I love to read. Pretty much every heart string I have was not tugged, but aggressively yanked, until I couldn't help the hicuppy sobs that were escaping me.

Lake is an 18 year old girl who along with her 9 year old brother are abruptly uprooted from her comfy home in TX when their father d
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I just finished reading this title. Full review to come. FINALLY READ THIS AND I LOVED IT OH MY WHAT IS LIFE

My rating system: (I do use half stars.)
5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect.
4 - I loved it! There weren't too many flaws, and I had no trouble getting through it. (A 4 star rating is the highest rating I've ever given a book.)
3 - I
Rating Clarification 10 Stars

Top Rank for my 2012 Favorite

Push your boundaries…that’s what they’re there for.

There’s no way you can convince me that Slammed is Colleen Hoover’s debut novel. Impossible! This book is amazing, incredible and just dripping with emotional power that a rookie author launching this as her first novel is absolutely awe-inspiring. It’s no secret, with the exception of a select few books, I’m slipping away from mainstream fiction. Looking for something creative, unique an
Christine Riccio
What Glass thought about it...

First, there are few things you'll have to find before you start to read Slammed.

1. Phone number of your favorite pizza place in town. I promise that you will get hungry, especially after one delicious description.
2. Chocolate milk on the ice!
3. Your favorite Johnny Deep movie.
4. Box of paper tissues - you'll be so sappy after few parts.
5. Something to smash against your wall (but make sure it's something you won't miss or cause yelling-fest with your mother)
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“I got schooled this year

A boy that I'm seriously, deeply, madly, incredibly, and undeniably in love with.
And he taught me the most important thing of all...

To put the emphasis
On life .”
“There are three questions every woman should be able to answer yes to before they commit to a man. If you answer no to any of the three questions, run like hell."
"Does he treat you with respect at all times? That's the first question. The second question is, if he is the exact same person twenty years from now that he is today, would you still want to marry him? And finally, does he inspire to be a better person? You find someone you can answer yes to all three, then you've found a good man.”
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