I purchased a copy of Slammed.
I received Point of Retreat and This Girl from the publisher via NetGalley for review.
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Description: “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.”
My Review: This was a unique story, and it’s one that I won’t forget soon. The music lyrics and poetry incorporated into the story really ramped up the emotional experience for me as a reader. I love how realistically Will and Lake were portrayed, and I felt my heart aching along with them as they both faced incredibly difficult circumstances with their families. And the ups and downs of their romantic relationship were intense and gripping. Will was definitely swoon worthy --I have a weakness for boys who write poetry. The secondary characters in this story also felt very authentic, and I adored Will and Lake’s family members and friends too. I highly recommend Slammed to those looking for a story about love in all its forms—friendship, family relationships, and romance.
Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
Description: “Hardships and heartache brought them together…now it will tear them apart. Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.’”
My Review: After swooning over Will in Slammed, it was interesting to read something from his point of view. Plus it was fun to see Lake through his eyes. Will and Lake both have taken on more responsible roles in their families, but they act a bit immaturely when it comes to their relationship. There were a few plot twists that I found predictable, but I still enjoyed the emotional roller coaster that this book put me on. It’s a must read for fans of Slammed!
This Girl by Colleen Hoover
Description: “Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met. In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.”
My Review: I wasn’t quite ready to let go of these characters that I’ve grown to love, so I immediately had to start reading this one! It was sort of a retelling of all the main events from Slammed from Will’s point of view as he explained them to Lake. We get a lot of insight into Will’s motivation behind certain choices, and we get a more complete picture of events. There is some extra content (including more poems), though, that makes it worth reading. Overall, this series was a fantastic read. Colleen Hoover is a talented writer, and I will be reading more from her in the future.
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