Hello, everyone! Welcome back. I’m very happy to finally be writing about this trilogy. I finished reading these books in June but I never got around writing my review on them, so here we are today. I’d like to start off by saying I really did love these books and I absolutely love Colleen Hoover. She’s now my inspiration. She writes stories that many people can relate to with serious issues and always a dash of romance: my kind of novel!
Slammed is a trilogy, the 1st book being Slammed, the 2nd Point of Retreat and the 3rd and last one, This Girl. I usually tend to love the first book of a trilogy or saga and then the others not so much. They just lose something for me. I’m happy to tell you, this didn’t happen with Slammed. I fell in love with the first book really fast and the 2nd and 3rd did not disappoint. This is the introduction to the first book from Goodreads:
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.
Besides having a very strong and resilient protagonist, this book introduces us to slam poetry. I knew what this way previous to reading the book, but now, I’m a major fan. Colleen Hoover teaches us how beautifully involved we can get with slam and how we desperately need to watch it live one day. That’s how I felt about this anyway. Layken is such a well-rounded character. We get in deep. From her love of Star Wars, to her intelligence and her smart mouth, Layken is a very relatable character. Once again, Hoover shows us that in life, even in a romance, things don’t always shine on us. Life is hard and we have to face obstacles we didn’t even dream of. If you need to shed a few tears, I definitely recommend reading this. I’d say even if you read just the first book, but I don’t think you’ll be able to not read more. The first one ends in such a big cliffhanger, that is impossible to not buy Point of Retreat. Honestly, I can’t even put into words how much I loved this, how much I want all of you to read this too. I’ll leave you with some of my favourite quotes from Slammed:
“Don’t take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.”
“I got so schooled this year.
By a nine year old.
He taught me that it’s okay to live life
a little backwards.”
Oh, I miss Kel! He was so sweet! (Read the book to understand! 😄)
“When someone close to you dies, the memories and recollections of them are painful. It isn’t until the fifth stage of grief that the memories of them stop hurting as much; when the recollections become positive. When you stop thinking about the person’s death, and remember all of the wonderful things about their life.”
And that’s it! I have so many more that I love and just remembering them, it makes me want to cry. This trilogy will stay with me forever. Everything about it was beautifully written and deep. It makes you doubt your choices and look at your life with brand new eyes. Go read it. Go! ☺️ 🙂