Book review – Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Book review of Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ stars

I was not expecting the roller coaster of emotions that I experienced in Slammed. When I first started the book I was a bit turned off by the high school setting and ensuing high school drama. I actually thought about not finishing the book a few times. I ended up taking a few weeks off from reading it which was a smart idea. When I picked up the book again only a few days ago I was immediately drawn into the story. The back-and-forth of Layken and Will’s relationship was a bit frustration but ultimately necessary to their growth. As the second half of the book progresses you really see the depth and maturity of both main characters.  Will’s fierce protectiveness of his life with his younger brother is something to be admired. It was great to read a male character who had strong goals for his life at such a young age. Layken’s relationship with her mother and brother are one of my favorite parts of this book.The one part of the book that I didn’t care for was the musical lyrics that were quoted throughout the book. I understand the poetry slam aspect of the novel but the constant musical lyrics made the book almost *too* young adult for me. In the end, though, I was pleasantly surprised how much I loved this novel and can’t wait to read more about Layken and Will’s relationship.

Recommendation: I would highly recommend this novel to fans of YA novels especially ones with strong emotions and tragic situations. This book will make you cry.

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