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.
Wow! Wow! Wow!
I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book. It had been sitting on my Kindle for months and months but I just kept skipping over it. This was one of the best books I have read in a long long time. I would give it more than 5 Stars if I possibly could. It was everything I like in a book, it made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me mad and it made me insanely happy.
Usually when I am reading a Young Adult book I am aware that it is YA however with Slammed I forgot all about it being Young Adult, it was just a fantastic story. This is an extremely emotive read, a story that will stay with you long after you put it down. I had to immediately pick up the next book to find out what happened next.
This is a book about love and loss, life and death, discovering the balance between the mind and the heart.
I got schooled this year
A boy that I’m seriously, deeply, madly, incredibly, and undeniably inlove with.
And he taught me the most important thing of all…
To put the emphasis
On life .”
This is a book that will make you laugh out loud.
According to the thesaurus . . . and according to me. . . there are over thirty different meanings and substitutions for the word mean.
(I quickly yell the following words; the entire class flinches— including Will.)
Jackass, jerk, cruel, dickhead, unkind, harsh, wicked, hateful, heartless, vicious, virulent, unrelenting, tyrannical, malevolent, atrocious, bastard, barbarous, bitter, brutal, callous, degenerate, brutish, depraved, evil, fierce, hard, implacable, rancorous, pernicious, inhumane, monstrous, merciless, inexorable. And my personal favorite— asshole.” -Lake
This book will make you fall in love.
“God Layken. How do you do it? she says. She blows her nose and grabs another tissue out of the box.
“How do I do what?” I sniff as I continue to wipe the tears from my eyes.
“How do you not fall in love with him?” The tears begin flowing just as quickly as they had ceased. I grab yet another tissue.
“I don’t not fall in love with him. I don’t not fall in love with him a lot!”
And this book will make you think.
Sometimes life gets in your way.
it gets all up in your damn way.
But it doesn’t get all up in your damn way
because it wants you to just give up and let it take control.
Life doesn’t get all up in your damn way because it just wants you to hand it allover and be carried along.
Life wants you to fight it
Learn how to make it your own.
it wants you to grab and axe and hack through the wood.
It wants you to get a sledgehammer and break through concrete.
It wants you to grab a torch and burn through the metal and steel until you can reach through and grab it.
Life wants you to grab all the organized, the alphabetized, thechronological, the sequenced. It wants you to mix it all together,
stir it up,
This is a definite MUST READ! Get your copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Google
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 heart pounds against my chest. Not because I’m nervous. Not even because I want her worse that I’ve ever wanted her before. It’s pounding against my chest because I realize I’ve never been so sure about the rest of my life than I am in this moment. This girl is the rest of my life.” -Will
As much as I loved Slammed, Point of Retreat just didn’t have the same effect on me. That isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy it because I did. It was great to be in Will’s head this time around and I still found myself laughing out loud and of course feeling those highs and lows as I road the emotional roller-coaster of the story. There was just something that didn’t wow me like the first book did and personally I struggled a little with relating/connecting to Lake this time around.
I felt as if Lake should have matured more in her life after everything that had happened in book one but instead she felt less mature to me and that was hard to process. However I had the opposite reaction with Will because I think I got a good look at the fact that he himself was not as grown up as he was forced to be. He became more real, more endearing to me because of this and I think I actually got a better understanding of the person he was.
I could go on all night, Lake. I could go on and on and on about all the reasons I’m in love with you. And you know what? Some of them are the things that life has thrown our way. I do love you because you’re the only other person I know who understands my situation. I do love you because both of us know what it’s like to lose your mom and your dad. I do love you because you’re raising your little brother, just like I am. I love you because of what you went through with your mother.
I love you because of what we went through with your mother. I love the way you love Kel. I love the way you love Caulder. And I love the way I love Kel. So I’m not about to apologize for loving all these things about you, no matter the reasons or the circumstances behind them. And no, I don’t need days, or weeks, or months to think about why I love you. It’s an easy answer for me. I love you because of you. Because of every single thing about you.” -Will
As for the side characters, I completely and totally fell in love with Kiersten, she was precocious and funny and a great source of comic relief. A great addition to the story I definitely do not think I would have loved it as much as I did without her or her mother Sherry’s presence. I would have loved more of Eddie though.
All in all, Point of Retreat is a great book and I am definitely going to continue to read Colleen Hoovers books. Next up: This Girl!
*Thank You to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book for honest review.
There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.
Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache.
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 hispoint of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.
Well I have to say I absolutely loved being inside of Will’s head as he tells Lake his side of the story. It makes me look at what happened between them differently‒in a good way‒and feel a lot more for Will and what he went through. Ms. Hoover did a wonderful job in making me feel a connection to these characters in Slammed and in This Girl I felt it even more. While this is a retelling of a story we have already read, it is done in a way that gives us a fresh new look at it.
“I lie back on my pillow and think back to that day. The day that I fell for my wife.”
There are a lot of little things‒and big things‒we learn about that we weren’t privy to in the first book as it was told by Lake. There are new scenes in which we get a new understanding of relationships and connections between all of the characters, not just Lake and Will but also Will and Gavin, Will and Eddie as well as Will and Julia and even Will, Kel and Caulder. We are given a chance to see who Will was and who he has become.
This is a great way to close out this series (although a small part of me will be sad to say goodbye), it answers any questions we might have had after the first 2 books and leaves the reader happy for the life that the characters will have.
Then this girl completely shatters the window to my soul and crawls inside.”
*Thank You to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book for honest review.