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Slammed by Colleen Hoover
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it was amazing
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I can not stop myself from giving it 5 stars.

Of course it is imperfect but borrowing the author's words-"its imperfections define perfection".The book is quite different from the usual books I like to read.The first few pages give a glimpse of the life of a recently-turned-to-18 year old girl whose whole world twists around the axis when her father dies and then she has to move to Michigan with her mom and younger brother.

Enters Will-your everyday normal boy next door.At this point,not being a big fan of the YA genre,I thought it must be the same old boring flowery romance like others.But the book completely took me by surprise.I was prepared to give this book 2 or 3 stars....

But then Will takes Layken to slam.I did not know what to expect till the girl walks up on stage and delivers 'BLUE SWEATER'.

I was hooked,captivated,enraptured, by the power of words.By such deceptively simple words having the power of grabbing your soul.


After that Will delivers his poem 'DEATH',and the simple high school romance turned to something different.Something raw and jagged and powerful.

This book does not put an emphasis on death,exploiting the readers emotionally,but emphasizes life .

I loved Eddie and lord knows I loved 'PINK BALLOON'.And I specifically loved the pink balloon with DAD written on it.I loved Gavin and his 'PRE-POPOSAL'.And I really loved Will.I loved 'SCHOOLED' although honestly I do not know why that moved be so much.

So all in all this really is a wonderfully (flawed) book.And poetry before this for me was all about big words and rhyme and a really wonderful topic which would appeal to everyone.It was about points.This book made me realize that "poetry is not about points,the point is poetry."

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Colleen Hoover
“Question everything. Your love, your religion, your passion. If you don't have questions, you'll never find answers.”
Colleen Hoover, Slammed

Colleen Hoover
“Imperfections define perfection”
Colleen Hoover, Slammed

Colleen Hoover
“According to the thesaurus... and according to me... there are over thirty different meanings and substitutions for
the word
mean.
(I quickly yell the following words; the entire class flinches- including Will)
Jackass, jerk, cruel, dickhead, unkind, harsh, wicked,
hateful, heartless, vicious, virulent, unrelenting, tyrannical, malevolent, atrocious, bastard, barbarous, bitter, brutal, callous, degenerate, brutish, depraved, evil, fierce, hard, implacable, rancorous, pernicious, inhumane, monstrous, merciless, inexorable.
And my personal favorite—asshole.”
Colleen Hoover, Slammed

Colleen Hoover
“BLUE SWEATER

Bom Bom...
Bom Bom...
Bom Bom...

Do you hear that?
That's the sound of my heart beating...

Bom Bom...
Bom Bom...
Bom Bom...

Do you hear that? That's the sound of your heart beating.

It was the first day of October. I was wearing my blue sweater, you know the one I bought at Dillard’s? The one with a double knitted hem and holes in the ends of the sleeves that I could poke my thumbs through when it was cold but I didn't feel like wearing gloves? It was the same sweater you said made my eyes look like reflections of the stars on the ocean.
You promised to love me forever that night...
and boy
did you
ever!

It was the first day of December this time. I was wearing my blue sweater, you know the one I bought at Dillard’s? The one with a double knitted hem and holes in the ends of the sleeves that I could poke my thumbs through when it was cold but I didn't feel like wearing gloves? It was the same sweater you said made my eyes look like reflections of the stars on the ocean.
I told you I was three weeks late
You said it was fate.
You promised to love me forever that night...
and boy
did you
ever!

It was the first day of May. I was wearing my blue sweater, although this time the double stitched hem was worn
and the strength of each thread tested as they were pulled tight against my growing belly. You know the one. The same one I bought at Dillard’s? The one with holes in the ends of the
sleeves that I could poke my thumbs through when it was cold but I didn't feel like wearing gloves? It was the same sweater you said made my eyes look like reflections of the stars on the
ocean.

The SAME sweater you RIPPED off of my body as you shoved me to the
floor,
calling me a whore ,
telling me
you didn't love me
anymore.

Bom Bom...
Bom Bom...
Bom Bom...

Do you hear that? That's the sound of my heart beating.

Bom Bom...
Bom Bom...
Bom Bom...

Do you hear that? That's the sound of your heart
beating.

(There is a long silence as she clasps her hands to her stomach, tears streaming down her face)

Do you hear that? Of course you don't. That's the silence
of my womb.

Because you
RIPPED
OFF
MY
SWEATER!

Colleen Hoover, Slammed


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Deepti What an amazing review!I loved this book too!:)


Kristalia Such a wonderful review Dd :D i will certainly read this one :)


message 3: by Dd (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dd Deepti wrote: "What an amazing review!I loved this book too!:)"

Thank you Deeptii!!:))


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Dd Kristalia wrote: "Such a wonderful review Dd :D i will certainly read this one :)"

Thank you Kristalia!!Do read this one.I loved it!!:))


Kristalia Will do :D


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Dd Kristalia wrote: "Will do :D"

Yay!!:))


message 7: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Great review! :)


message 8: by Dd (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dd Lisa wrote: "Great review! :)"

Thank you Lisa!!:))


message 9: by Mo (new) - rated it 3 stars

Mo No idea where I am going to find the time to read all these books. Great review.


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Dd Mo wrote: "No idea where I am going to find the time to read all these books. Great review."

hehe,I inderstand!!But this one is awesome!!Thank you Mo!!:))


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