‘Slammed’ by Colleen Hoover – Book Review

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Slammed – Colleen Hoover Book Review

Colleen Hoover’s first novel, Slammed, demonstrates that she turned pro right out of the gate.

While it’s a tamer read than most of her fare – no explicit scenes and many reviewers call out that the book is relatively free of trigger warnings – it still packs Hoover’s one-two punch of love and heartbreak. Read more to see why we recommend the Slammed Colleen Hoover Book!

Perfect for the #lisquad! What’s better than a romance novel with poetry?!

Eighteen-year-old Layken (“Lake”) had hardly had time to grieve the recent loss of her father when her mother moved her and her brother Kel from Texas to Michigan. Within moments of their arrival, a little boy from across the street, Caulder, comes running over, and the boys click instantly. Michigan seems slightly less terrible when Caulder’s older brother, Will, emerges from the house.

As with their brothers, the connection between Will and Lake is instant. When Will invites her to a poetry slam, Lake is initially uncertain, but between her handsome escort and the raw emotion of the performers, she quickly becomes hooked.

To get the aesthetic vibe for Slammed, check out this TikTok Video. 

On the first day of her senior year, Lake floats into school, still on a cloud from her evening with Will, and excited by the new world of slam poetry, which seems to tap into emotions Lake doesn’t have language for. The carriage turns into a pumpkin when she discovers Will is her poetry teacher. Will is equally horrified to learn that Lake is still in high school.

Will ends things between them immediately. He is his brother’s sole guardian and can’t afford to risk his job. Although they haven’t known each other very long, Will and Lake acutely feel their abrupt ending.


If you love new adult romance, slam poetry, or have a young adult reader in your life, Slammed is the perfect pick. 


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About the Author – Colleen Hoover

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Colleen Hoover is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels. Her first series was published in 2012 and includes of course, Slammed, Point of Retreat, and the companion novel This Girl. Her second series, published in 2013, includes the #1 New York Time’s bestseller Hopeless and the companion novel, Losing Hope. She has released a free novella, Finding Cinderella, as a thank you to her readers for their continued support. The novella is a companion to her Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone.



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