Slammed (Colleen Hoover)


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 introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces 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 secret that keeps them apart.

I finally – FINALLY – read Slammed and because it’s CoHo, I cried my eyes out. By this time, I’ve read a few of her novels, Hopeless, Finding Cinderella, Ugly Love, Maybe Someday and November 9, and I have to say that Slammed was probably my least favorite of all, though I still really really liked it.

My first thought when I started reading this book was how much it was clear that this was Colleen Hoover’s first novel. There’s a polish and an emotional depth in all of her other works that I’ve read, that is somewhat missing here. Don’t get me wrong, the writing is still good, but it’s still not AMAZING like it is now. With this said, the book still made me bawl my eyes out, especially towards the end, because CoHo has that amazing gift of always putting  a spin to things.


Generally I liked all characters, but I have to admit that Layken got on my nerves. She actually acted her age, but she’s the most immature of CoHo leading ladies, and there were some situations that she acted like a petulant child and I wanted to slap the hell out of her. I did understand her and I seriously felt for her. And I do admit, she grew on me, because she grows up a lot throughout the book.

I really really liked Will. I loved how fiercely he loved his brother and was willing to do anything necessary for him. I thought he was overall a good and nice guy.


Now, the romance has a bit of a twist, and I know that a lot of people won’t like it. I honestly didn’t exactly mind, because I thought that they truly tried their best – most of the time. What I did mind a tiny tiny bit was the instalove… yeah, it was strong on this one.

I really liked the sense of family and friendship in this story, and how those things trumped the romance, because, yes the romance was important, but FAMILY was the most important thing here. That’s amazing and I really enjoyed it.


The element of the slam poetry was pretty cool, and it made the book more dynamic, while presenting the thoughts and feelings very clearly. Well done!

So, even though it’s not my favorite CoHo book, it’s still a pretty good one. I’m curious about the sequels, even though I’ve been told they’re not really good… I’m still curious and I’ll check them out because I need a little more Lake and Will :).

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book That Made Me Emotional


Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Some books make us cry… Choose a book that made you emotional!“. I won’t go far, and I’ll choose Slammed by Colleen Hoover for today. I’ve finished it just a few days ago, and while it was the least emotional of CoHo’s books that I’ve read, it still made me shed some tears towards the end.

Original COver:

I really dislike the original cover, but hey, at least the book is good.


No cover for Portugal, but the Spanish cover is kind of cute?! It doesn’t really make me think of the story, but it’s really not bad.

Favorite COVER(s):


My favorites are the New US edition, the German – and I really love the title, the Indonesian – so clean and powerful, and the Romanian, because it represents the book so well.



I really dislike the French cover, I don’t know… it just doesn’t work for me, and the Turkish, Polish and Russian covers, with all those people… no… I mean, who is that on the Russian cover? It sure as hell isn’t Lake and Will, right?

December TBR


Again, I managed to read 20 books last month, and from my original 14 books on my TBR, I read 11 and started the 12th, so… not bad! I’m gonna aim for 14 books again, and see how that goes.


  1. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover (I’m halfway through already)
  2. Aimee and the Heartthrob (Backstage Pass #1) by Ophelia London
  3. Wrong (Wrong #1) by Jana Aston (I’m almost done)
  4. The Matchmaker’s Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken
  5. Being Brooke by Emma Hart
  6. Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) by Alice Clayton (Re-read!)
  7. Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen
  8. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  9. Stripped (Travesty #2) by Piper Lawson
  10. Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
  11. How Not to Let Go (The Belhaven Series) by Emily Foster
  12. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  13. Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry
  14. The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker

November TBR


I did awesome with my TBR from last month. From the 15 books I’d said I’d read, I read 12 of them (and then I read 8 more). So I’m pointing for 14 books this month that I really need to read, mostly because they’re ARCs. Also… WOW! Half of my TBR is YA… o_O


  1. Stroked Hard (Stroked #3) by Meghan Quinn (which I already finished and it’s so GOOD!)
  2.  The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey
  3. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  4. Decidedly Off Limits by Stina Lindenblatt
  5. Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru(Creative HeArts #1) by Tera Lynn Childs
  6. Crazy Pucking Love (Taking Shots #3) by Cindi Madsen
  7. My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
  8. The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley
  9. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover
  10. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  11. Falling for the Girl Next Door (Creative HeArts #5) by Tera Lynn Childs
  12. The Keeper by Jillian Liota
  13. On the Fence by Kasie West
  14. Did I Mention I Miss You? (The DIMILY Trilogy #3) by Estelle Maskame