'Slammed' is the first of a two book series.
After the unexpected death of her father forces eighteen year old Layken and her family to move across the country, away from everyone and everything she knows, her outlook on life is anything but hopeful.
Enter Will Cooper: the attractive twenty-one year old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry. After a night together that turns out to be everything but the expected, both Layken and Will are left with feelings they never knew they could have. Unfortunately in Layken's life, things are never what they seem. Just as quickly as it develops, their relationship is derailed by a shocking revelation, sparking a tumultuous battle between their hearts and their ethics.
As if the dramatic turn of events in her life isn't enough, Layken is slammed again when her mother reveals a secret of her own. A secret so intense, all of Layken's current problems pale in comparison to her seemingly insurmountable future. Unable to confront the changes that lie ahead of her, Layken ignores her conscience as she turns to Will for solace. Struggles ensue as both Layken and Will search for a balance between that which keeps them apart and the feelings that pull them together.
Slammed is the first installment of a two-part series. The second installment, Point of Retreat, will be available on Amazon beginning March 2nd, 2012.
To much surprise, from others, I actual know what Slam Poetry is. Not that I am a poet. However, this book is SO MUCH MORE!
First, I need to that @LuvMyHootie, @JennNun, and @AuthShellyCrane for this recommendation. These ladies have truly turned me on to some amazing books lately!
I actually can relate to Layken more than what you think. My father died while I was still in school, then my mother moved me to another state, and shortly after that my mother got sick. This is similar to Layken's story. The difference is I did not have a Will Cooper (boy, I wish I did!).
Throughout this story I can relate to Layken so much and that is one reason why I feel in love with it. The other reason I feel in love with it was because of Will. Through all their trials to be together he was always there for her no matter what. I love how Colleen Hoover entwined poetry, truths, happiness, and pain throughout the book and brought it to live with Will and Layken.
I cried a lot through this book, mainly because I understood Layken's pain; however, Colleen Hoover is such a talented author that you truly feel the pain and happiness with the characters. I wanted to keep reading because I was hoping for the "happy ending".
I will not spoil it for you but Layken and Will go through some series struggles that no young person should go through.
However, you cannot "carve pumpkins" forever. (read the story to understand that meaning!)
I would recommend this book for everyone to read!!