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Slammed: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Colleen Hoover
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,035 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Falling in love can feel like poetry. Or it can feel like a slam to the heart.

Colleen Hoover’s romantic, emotion-packed debut novel unforgettably captures all the magic and confusion of first love, as two young people forge an unlikely bond before discovering that fate has other plans for them.

Following the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken becomes the rock for both her mother and younger brother. She appears resilient and tenacious, but inside, she's losing hope. Then she meets her new neighbor Will, a handsome twenty-one-year-old whose mere presence leaves her flustered and whose passion for poetry slams thrills her.

Not long after a heart-stopping first date during which each recognizes something profound and familiar in the other, they are slammed to the core when a shocking discovery brings 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. Only through the poetry they share are they able to speak the truth that is in their hearts and imagine a future where love is cause for celebration, not regret.


Editorial Reviews

Review

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...I honestly don't want to tell you any more. Just go read it already. And when you hit that point at about 20% or so that makes you go, "OMFG!" - that's your departure point, right there. Strap in and put your tray in the upright position. Oh, and prepare to buy the sequel (which is out now - lucky you!), because you're gonna want it. As. Soon. As. You. Finish. Reading.    -Tammara Webber, author of Easy     

From the Author

Colleen Hoover is the author of six New York Times bestselling novels. The SLAMMED series, which includes SLAMMED, POINT OF RETREAT and THIS GIRL. The HOPELESS series, which includes HOPELESS, LOSING HOPE and the free novella FINDING CINDERELLA. Her most recent release is the NYT's bestseller, MAYBE SOMEDAY, which includes links to an original soundtrack by musician Griffin Peterson. 
Her next standalone, UGLY LOVE, is scheduled to release August 5th, 2014. 

You can follow Colleen on Instagram and Twitter @colleenhoover. You can also find her on her blog at colleenhoover.com where she holds a daily book-a-day giveaway, or on her very active Facebook page at facebook.com/authorcolleenhoover where she loves to give away more free stuff when her husband isn't looking. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (August 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TRUDAS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,005 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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314 of 337 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Strong Debut January 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Disclaimer: I do not know the author personally. I first heard of her book on a writer's forum. A poster created a thread in order to accuse the author of gaming Amazon's system in order to create fake 5 star reviews. The author is new; unknown. Slammed is her debut book. Within seven days of release she managed to gain an unprecedented number of five star reviews. She came across this thread and tried to defend herself. She claimed she utilized the power of social media, as well as gained the support (tweet) of the Avett Brother's band. She also said she wrote the book in a month. I was intrigued and curious by all of this. I decided to read the book in order to give a fair, objective, and balanced review.

I confess that I had low expectations for this book. I found it hard to believe that someone could write and publish a book in thirty days and gain all five star reviews. First let me say, I read a lot of young adult books. This is definitely a young adult book, and quite frankly, she did an amazing job (especially considering the amount of time she spent on the book). I was blown away.

Is this book perfect? No. Hence -four stars. She writes in the first person, present tense, which is difficult to do, and requires the reader to make a shift. It took me awhile to get comfortable. She did a good job of staying in the present tense, but there were sentences here and there that felt a bit awkward. The book was relatively clean of typos and convention eras (another amazing feat in such a short amount of time). I spotted about three errors that jumped out at me -things like an extra word or capitalization. These minor issues are fixable and do not take away from the story.

The characters were strong, compelling, and believable. I was somewhat bothered by Kel's age.
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88 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book surprised me January 14, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read the description, and I am a slam poet so I was intrigued.

I happened to see it on my Kindle yesterday, got it when it was free and thought would give it a try.

The book totally blew me away.

Amazing characters, real emotion, excellent writing, real hardship.

It's rare that I believe the characters so much in their struggles.

Really excellent book, shocked it's a debut novel, I wonder what's next.

Excellent for fans of YA, Romance or just a good story.
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62 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! January 2, 2012
By Nicki
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Thoroughly enjoyed this book! I read it in one sitting. I just couldn't put it down! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to read good fiction. I can honestly say not many books can make me cry, but this one made me cry more than once. I am ready for the sequel!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Melissa
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It is always an amazing book that immediately drives me to get up and DO. I don't just finish the book and reflect on the things I have read. I have an overwhelming desire to change something in my life or do something that I have never done before. I find myself wanting to truly experience something, to go out and LIVE life to its fullest. That is what Slammed did to me. No, nothing really life changing occurred with me after reading this book, but I couldn't move on until I immediately loaded the Avett Brothers onto my Pandora playlist so I could hear their amazing music. Then I searched for the beautiful lyrics of their songs so that I could soak them in and interpret them for myself. I have a need to find somewhere, anywhere within driving distance for me to see Slam poetry in action. I found myself sitting in my spare moments and thinking about the Slam poetry that I could perform about the moments in my life that have impacted me the most. I don't just want to sit around and think about the things that I read about in this novel. I want to DO.

In short, this is a book about grieving, but ultimately this is a book about living. Lake (a strange name for a main character, but soon it becomes natural and right to me as a name once I got to know her) finds herself transplanted from Texas to Michigan when her mom and she, along with a younger brother, move after the sudden death of her father. Although it has been a few months since her father's death, Lake is still experiencing residual sadness because of the loss of her happy family. Things are different now, and it is even more different when she finds herself in Michigan. She isn't happy to be there, but things begin to look up immediately when she meets the lovely man living next door to her.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I do not know where to begin... I read A LOT and i have never written a review about a book until now. I wish I could scream from the mountain tops to everyone I know about how much I LOVED this series! If you love to read or are a light reader it does not matter you MUST read this series! I am 33 yrs old and the fact that this series is YA never even crossed my mind while reading it. I laughed out loud, I cried lots of tears and I felt a large realm of many other emotions reading this series. It was touching, heartbreaking, hilarious, moving, full of intense love and more than anything it captivated my soul! The poetry was amazing and the characters were so well developed. It was like I was watching a movie in my mind as I read the words on the pages. I never highlight or mark pages in books, but this one I did!! So much beautiful poetry that I wanted to remember and go back to. If you have any doubt about reading this book PLEASE just take a chance on it you will NOT be disappointed! THANK YOU Colleen Hoover for writing such an AMAZINGLY beautiful story, it was a gift and a pleasure to read! (Book 2 is Point of Retreat)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 13 hours ago by mersedeh
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story!
What a fantastic book! You get drawn in from the very beginning when Layken is describing her feelings about her dad, mom, and brother and moving. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This book is about loss. This is an emotional read. A connection forms between two people who have suffered from the loss of parents and then had to deal with the role of becoming... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Teenager book
Published 1 day ago by Margaret Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
This was wonderful. I was not able to put it down. Colleen Hoover did an amazing job with this story and bringing these characters to life.
Published 2 days ago by rzachery
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Loved it! I was hooked from page 1.
Published 3 days ago by Sheldon Nakamoto
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time or money
Predictable and highly unbelievable YA story line. The writing leaves a lot to be desired. Very disappointing since had heard great things from people who read the series. Read more
Published 4 days ago by M. Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book!!
Published 7 days ago by Jaime Dickey
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your tissue ready
An amazing story.
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A light read that leaves you feeling hopeful and your heart smiling.
Published 9 days ago by nicole Schmidt
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More About the Author

Colleen Hoover's love for writing began in 1985 when she was five years old. Her first story was titled "Mystery Bob" and was a huge hit with her mother, who was really good at faking interest.
Colleen continued to write short stories for friends and family until December of 2011, when she decided to write a long story she titled, "Slammed." She self-published SLAMMED to Amazon in January, 2012 and it hit the NYT's bestsellers list in May, 2012. She has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and now has six NYT's bestsellers. Colleen prefers to be called a writer, as the term "author" still terrifies her and makes this feel like a job with expectations. She doesn't work well under pressure and hopes writing will always remain fun and exciting.
Colleen's newest novel, UGLY LOVE, releases August 5th, 2014. She is currently working on a new novel, CONFESS, which she is writing as fast as she can before she wakes up from this crazy dream.

You can follow Colleen on Instagram and Twitter @colleenhoover. You can also find her on her blog at www.colleenhoover.com where she holds a daily book-a-day giveaway, or on her very active Facebook page at www.facebook.com/authorcolleenhoover where she loves to give away more free stuff when her husband isn't looking.

Colleen also wants the world to know that writing short biographies in third person is incredibly awkward.



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