I am totally in love with this book! (I feel like I’ve been saying this line after every book I’ve finished! LOL). But hey, I guess that means I’ve gotten myself some great reads then. This book is so original and fresh and I love that there are no millionaire / billionaire / uber-handsome demigod characters or something of the sort here.
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. (source)
First off, It was written in such a way that would make you relate more with the characters. In Slammed, it was Layken’s character who narrates the story and boy, the book have this heavy emotional premise that you’d think it’d drag along the story but it didn’t! It was beautifully written and the whole thing about the Slam (poetry performance of some sort) was just as beautiful as the story. I am in love with Will’s character – His virtue’s admirable and being responsible and all – my heart’s breaking for him but I’m also proud of him. Layken on the other hand acts like a typical teenager but I enjoy getting to know her character more because she’s really a strong-willed person and does know what she wants in life. I like that the characters aren’t as perfect as they are written in some books like they have superpowers of some sort.
In Slammed, we readers are thrown into a situation where most would crumble and break down and it was nice how Layken and Will were able to cope up with life and become responsible despite their very young age. I even cried in this book several times. Oh well, I’m such a crybaby. Or perhaps I could just easily relate since both my parents have passed away as well.
After reading the whole thing, I feel like revisiting the old me who loves writing poems, copla and even songs. Yes, I was inspired by the idea of the book but more than anything else, I got inspired by the character themselves. Will and Layken are totally hard to forget…
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars