“Don’t take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.” Slammed, by Colleen Hoover

Slammed - Book 15 outta 5 + stars!

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Oh, Mrs. Hoover – you have a habit of breaking my heart (and my wallet.) Because I can’t get enough of her novels. Slammed is her first. Here you will meet Layken – an 18 year old girl whose just moved to the Midwest with her mother and younger brother after the sudden death of her father. Layken is still morning her father, and trying to be a good role-model for her younger brother Kel. She’s not exactly thrilled to be in the Midwest, and starting all over her senior year of high school. But when she pulls into the driveway of their new home in the U-haul she meets their neighbor from across the street – Will. Will is in his early twenties and raising his younger brother Caulder, after their parents were killed in a car accident. Caulder and Kel become instant best friends and are constantly running back and forth between houses.

Will is instantly smitten with Layken and asks her out on a date. He makes them a dinner of grilled cheese sandwiches which they eat on their way to the club. He surprises her by taking her to a Slam night in the city and performs one of his slam poems for her. Will is kitschy – a little romantic and just within the first few chapters you start falling for him –  hard. And Layken is a smart girl, she’s infatuated with him – but she’s got a good head on her shoulders and a mouth to back her up.

A few days after the move Layken has her first day of school and ask she’s walking down the hall to her poetry class she see’s Will standing in the hallway. Confused, she asks him what he’s doing there and the realization hits them both – she’s still in high school – and he is her teacher. The conversation never came up because they had JUST met – even though they had an amazing first date – the subject of him being in college didn’t really come up, and Layken being 18 he assumed she was in her first year of college. They’re both devastated. Not knowing what to do in this situation Will tells her they have to stop their relationship. He needs his job way too much, to finish his teaching degree so he can support Caulder; Will is all he has. So we suffer through the push and pull of their on again off again relationship as more secrets unfold and Layken discovers carving pumpkins is easier than dealing your problems.

The story is sad – beautiful – and real. As always, Colleen Hoover writes as if you’re a part of the story. You are there as Layken’s heart breaks – and you feel Will’s frustration as the two of them are constantly in each others lives because of their brothers – and have to suffer through the teacher/student relationship while falling in love with each other.


Layken: “I got schooled this year
                   A boy that I’m seriously, deeply, madly, incredibly, and undeniably in love with.
                   And he taught me the most important thing of all…
                   To put the emphasis
                   On life .”

“Don’t take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.”

“So you keep your ocean, I’ll take the Lake.”

“Push your boundaries, that’s what they’re there for.”

Layken: “According to the thesaurus… and according to me… there are over thirty different meanings and substitutions for
the word
(I quickly yell the following words; the entire class flinches- including Will)
Jackass, jerk, cruel, dickhead, unkind, harsh, wicked,
hateful, heartless, vicious, virulent, unrelenting, tyrannical, malevolent, atrocious, bastard, barbarous, bitter, brutal, callous, degenerate, brutish, depraved, evil, fierce, hard, implacable, rancorous, pernicious, inhumane, monstrous, merciless, inexorable.
And my personal favorite—asshole.”


“And life definitely doesn’t want me

To just let it tell me

that the girl I met,

The beautiful, amazing, strong, resilient girl

That I fell so hard for

Should only come in third

Life knows.

Life is trying to tell ne

That the girl I love

The girl I fell

So hard for?

There’s room for her in first.

I’m putting her first.”


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