Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Slammed - a review, or Smugged a New Novel by Colleen Hoover

Slammed: A Novel
Colleen Hoover
352 pages


I've heard a lot about Slammed. It's been making its rounds on all the Young Adult blogs for a while now. Unfortunately, I was off on an adventure while it did this. As of last week I only knew two things about it: it was originally a self-publish novel and got picked up by a publisher (And proud we all are of Colleen Hoover for pulling off that feat)*, and it was written in one month.

This book isn't about all of that, though. It's about love, death, life, and trying to fuck your poetry teacher.

TRYING TO--PARDON MY LANGUAGE--GET SLAMMED BY YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR. GET IT? IT'S A PUN.

Like, seriously, guys, seriously. Will "The Hunky Next Door Neighbor" Cooper* and Layken "The Lake" Cohen are almost in a relationship but then not. Will is 21, Lake is 18; it's complicated y'all The entire book is like seeing a Facebook relationship status between overly dramatic friends over the course of one week. It would look something like this:

Will Cooper is in a relationship with Layken Cohen.
Will Cooper is single.
Layken Cohen is in a relationship and it's complicated.
Will Cooper is single.
Layken Cohen is in a relationship.
Will Cooper is single.
Layken Cohen is... you know what? You get it by this point.

Slammed means more than the kind of poetry present in the book. We are slammed with plot twists. We are slammed with harsh realities. We are slammed with Avett Brothers songs. We are slammed with life and an overuse of italics.

An overuse of italics. I thought I was the only one guilty of this. But guess what? Colleen Hoover's writing does hold up. It holds up so well that I slammed (see what I did there) through the book in several hours; this is the first book I've read in a single day in a while. Whether or not this is because the writing is simple and straightforward, or because it's just a quick OMGWHATHAPPENSNEXT type of thing; I don't know.

If you're looking for a quick read--and one that will make you question your own morals--this is the book to do it.

Also, I deducted a Fuck. This book should get Four Fucks, but a real romance would not have a sequel.

Three Out of Five Fucks Given

*I'm still not reading self-published books. Also, this is not a self-published book since it's been picked up by a publisher. Loopholes! Not just for Congress.

24 comments:

  1. I read Hopeless by Colleen Hoover and enjoyed it, so I've been meaning to read Slammed as well.

    I love this part of your review: "Also, I deducted a Fuck. This book should get Four Fucks, but a real romance would not have a sequel." I think there's actually two books following this one. It's a trilogy so far... I'm not sure if more books will be added to it? I'm used to contemporary books being standalones and all paranormal/dystopian books being series.

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    1. I don't plan on reading the sequels, I think the story ended for me when Slammed ended.

      I am used to contemporary books sometimes having a companion novel, but a contemp series? Not sure how I feel about that trend.

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  2. WELL I'M REALLY GLAD THAT YOU READ THIS.

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  3. I didn't even notice all the italics, and I read the self published version. It was probably because I was so engrossed in the story. Or that grammar isn't my thing. Anyway, glad this one sucked you in enough for you to read it in one day. I LOVE when that happens.

    I've read all 3 books in this series, and I enjoyed them all (the third basically is Slammed retold by Will). BUT Slammed is the best, and you are definitely safe stopping at this point. Though the next two are from Will's POV and I really liked his perspective. I definitely have mixed feelings about contemporary series that drag out into multiple books. Usually it just means more drama.

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    1. I noticed the italics. I could not not notice them. I liked reading it all in one go, and it's so rare when it happens.

      I actually did not know they would be from Will's POV. I might have to check one out in the future.

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  4. LOL! Your review is awesome, as usual. I'm glad you liked this one. I enjoyed it, but I found Point of Retreat better. It is told from Will's perspective and his tone is better (IMO) than Lake's. If you ever have the time or desire, I would highly recommend you give it a chance. I think it's worth it.
    I tried reading the third book, This Girl, which is basically Slammed but told from Will's POV and I could not finish. I thought that was a bit too much. Hopeless is also a very, very good book. If you ever wish to read it, I would be glad to lend it to you via Kindle.

    You've been so adamantly against reading self published book, that it sort of pushed me in the opposite direction. I started reading them to see what was so bad about them, and yet was creating such a buzz among readers, Amazon and even major publishers. In one hand I can see why you do not like them. The grammar is so bad in some that even I notice (you can easily tell grammar is not my forte). On the other hand, I've found some self pub books really addicting and can see why they are being picked up by publishers. I think they serve a purpose in opening publisher's minds to new stories. Even a new genre or label (New Adult) has been created by the popularity of self published books such as Slammed and Beautiful Disaster.

    If you are willing to read one more from Self Published to riches story, I highly, highly recommend Easy by Tammara Webber. I've read that book 3 times. It's not flawless, but man if I was not hooked to that story. Have you ever listed to "Demons" by Imagine Dragons? (I love that song, and group). Easy is like the book version of that song, IMO :)You might like it.
    Take care.

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    1. I might give it a chance if I see it on sale one day. I would like to get Will's perspective on Lake.

      Can you lend books via Kindle? How do I not know about this?

      Hmm. I find this all very interesting. During my six month retreat into privacy I missed a lot. New Adult? I would just call them adult books... I am against self-published books because I would rather read something I know an editor has seen. That's really it. Most self-pubs don't get that far, unfortunately.

      I love Imagine Dragons! I will look into it.

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  5. Yes, you can lend kindle books. I don't think they are all lendable but a lot, if not most can be loaned. It's all done via email.

    There is even this website that is all about book lending: http://www.booklending.com/index.htm

    and http://www.bookgorilla.com/b is an email service that sends you Kindle books on sale or free per day, when you subscribe. You choose the genres you are interested in.

    I use all of these services to get my books.

    This is one interesting article I found about New Adult: http://dearauthor.com/features/letters-of-opinion/new-adult-its-not-about-the-sex-but-dont-be-afraid-of-the-sex-either/

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  6. Thoroughly enjoyed this book! I read it in one sitting. I just couldn't put it down! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to read good fiction. I can honestly say not many books can make me cry, but this one made me cry more than once. I am ready for the sequel!

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  7. Thoroughly enjoyed this book! I read it in one sitting. I just couldn't put it down! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to read good fiction. I can honestly say not many books can make me cry, but this one made me cry more than once. I am ready for the sequel!

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  8. I'd highly highly recommend it to pretty much anyone and everyone who loves to read.
    Now I understand what all the fuss was about - everywhere I looked here, people were raving about it and now I'm joining that club!

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