Forced to take charge of her wayward family following the death of her father, 18-year-old Layken finds herself increasingly attracted to attractive poet Will. But soon there are dark secrets gathering on the horizon, threatening their happiness and promising nothing but heartache in their future.
Slammed starts out as (seemingly) a fairly unremarkable young adult romance. But it soon takes a darker and more surprising turn, and the intensity builds as the narrative progresses. Thanks to a pair of likeable leads in Layken and Will, Colleen Hoover creates a palpable sense of drama as events seem to be conspiring to end their happiness. Unusually for a romance novel, there are moments where it seems the protagonists genuinely might not end up together.
If Slammed ultimately doesn’t quite deliver on the promise of the first half, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad book. It’s a moving and emotive tale of young lovers facing huge problems, and the conclusion should satisfy even the most jaded reader.
Star rating for Slammed: 3 stars.
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