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.
Following the sudden death of her dad, Layken’s mom decides to move her and her little brother from Texas to a small town in Michigan. Lake is still grieving and is hurt and angry about her dad’s death and having to move. But when she sees her hot neighbor, Will, suddenly Michigan isn’t looking so bad after all. After some serious flirting, Will takes Lake on a date to a nightclub where they perform Slam poetry. Through his performance, he is able to tell Lake his story. How his parents died when he was only 19 years old leaving him to take care of his younger brother. Lake falls for him hard and things are looking good between them, until something about Will’s life comes up that is a big obstacle for their relationship. (Don’t worry, they’re not related or anything like that) Now, all of a sudden, Will and Lake must go back to being just friends. Maybe this wouldn’t be so hard if they weren’t neighbors, or if their little brothers hadn’t become best friends and spend almost all their time together, or if they didn’t have such strong feelings for each other. The more Will and Lake try to fight their feelings for each other, the further they are pulled apart. When things can’t possibly get any worse, Lake suffers another huge blow that will forever change her life. How long can they fight their feelings before they are pulled too far apart?
I was NOT ready for what this story would do to me emotionally! I do not read on the weekends, hardly ever! But I decided to read a little bit of this around 1am and ended up finishing around 5:45am. This book absolutely sucked me in and it was literally impossible to NOT keep reading it. After all, who needs sleep anyway? This story has so many layers, not just the relationship between Lake and Will, but the relationship with Lake and her mom and little brother, Will and his little brother and Lake and her new friend Eddie (I freaking LOVED HER!). On top of that, we also had the slam poetry pieces that Will and several other people performed. Remember me saying I’m not a big fan of poetry? Well just scratch that out because I totally fell in love with Slam poetry! After I finished Slammed, I was an emotional wreck. My mind couldn’t yet comprehend this beautiful yet heartbreaking work of art that I had just read. All I knew was that I needed more. More Lake and Will, more of their adorable little brothers, more of Eddie and definitely more slam poetry! Luckily I had the sequel, Point of Retreat, just waiting to be read on my Kindle. I can’t even talk about that book yet…
Forget about all the 5 star reviews you have read about Slammed and forget about this review. Go into it with a clear and open mind and it won’t be long before you too will absolutely fall in love with this story too! For me, Slammed was so much more than a story, it was a beautiful experience that I will never forget and will definitely read over and over again! Emotional and riveting, heartbreaking but beautiful, Slammed has easily become one of my all time favorite reads!
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