SLAMMED. Sealed. Delivered. I'm yours Will Cooper!!
I'm going to make this review as short as possible coz I know a lot of you have already been through this 'slammed-phase'
and I'm pretty much late about all of this but I still wanted to share my thoughts though.
Slammed is definitely not your normal story. Frankly, it doesn’t have the most complicated plot - it may even come as cliché and extensively used to others but Hoover did a great job in mixing its elements making the mainstream used type of story into so much more. With its simplicity, Slammed would easily capture your heart.
I was surprised how much the story of Will and Layken captured me and gripped my heart to the fullest, I was expecting just another story that would hold me for the mean time or another story with a dramatic plot with all the complications and uncertainties in the middle - it all has those but it was the way it was told that makes my overall reading experience good and much better. The story behind this book was told in a snapshot kind of way. It didn’t direct its readers directly into the story instead it gives us different shots, angles and scenarios that when we readers add up makes up the whole story. Honestly, it was a clever way and a unique one for me. Slammed makes me laugh, feel in love and even cry a few times.
This story also introduced me to something called Slam Poetry. I'm not really a poetry buff though I tend to 'carve pumpkins'
at times, but I'm really not that deep type of person but give me a case of poetry like this book has well, I might get addicted. From the Mean to the Pre-proposal to the Pink Balloons - I feel in love with each poetry. Sigh.The first meeting, the first handshake, the first date: I was a goner.
A well rounded group of characters is another thing this book gave us.
Lake and Will is such an amazing protagonist to the story. Lake has her immature moments in dealing with stuffs especially about Will but in a lot of ways, I feel like I truly understand her. The most amazing thing about her is her ability to think rationally despite those things that are happening she has her priorities in line and choices that always lead her to the right place. Will, on the other hand is the supportive and handsome neighbor who has a lot on his own plate. He has the deep and mysterious effect to him that is too much to handle for I love mysterious people. ;)
Kel and Caulder are two amazing little characters that add up a great sweetness to the story. Layken's Mom Julia and her best friend Eddie (which is a girl) and Gavin are all great additions too; These characters all together really makes up what I was looking for on this.
Of course, its not always rainbows and butterflies for Slammed, I still have my little
issues with it. Take note of the little you guys,
Firstly, I'm kind of hesitant with the "Insta-Love" that Will and Layken experienced. The attraction and the sparks are there but you see my hesitation is that, I'm mostly annoyed with those types of relationship; I can't just actually picture falling in love in such a short time. Heh. But as the story goes and as the story unravels, I see where it all seems to come from.
Another thing is that it ended abruptly. If I didn’t know there would be a next book to this, I would be ragingly mad. Though things get settled I can’t help but utter the words "That's it?"
by the time I reached the last page. But since I know there would still be a next book, I didn’t really go on that drama.
As I've said, little
issues right? But the very very good thing about it is that these issues are overshadowed by the overall beautiful-ness of this book. It was not really a perfect book, but it was imperfectly perfect for me. It was a simple romantic story that has a power to grip its reader’s heart. Oh Colleen Hoover, how could you magically grip us with your stories?
In all, I really really enjoyed reading this book, and as the saying goes 'It's better late than never'
right? It was a heartbreaking yet heartwarming and heart wrenching story about discovery, acceptance, pain, laughter, growth, heartache, poetry and love. A fast pace romance is what you want? Definitely check this one out.