It was a story of an eighteen year old girl named Layken Cohen, or Lake for short. She, together with her mother, Julia, and little brother, Kel, moved from Texas to Michigan to start over a new life after the death of her father. Who would’ve thought that the move she’s been dreading will lead her to the man she can’t be with easily–Will Cooper. Torn between doing what’s right and what she wants, Lake finds her way through heartaches, disappointments, betrayal and acceptance.
When the people actually performed a slam in the book, they poured their hearts out to whoever will hear it. Just reading it, I feel like I was really there in the bar and hearing their voice calling out to me. It might sound cheesy, cliché, or something but that’s what I actually felt when I read that book years ago. This book showed me that no matter what field of art you’re good at, you’ll be able to own the stage if you wanted to own it.
“Don’t take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.”
This is an advice in the book that I liked so much. Life contains struggles but no matter how hard it will be, you can always smile. Fight back if you have to. We only live once, why not enjoy it? Having fun doesn’t mean that you’re dropping off all your responsibilities in life. You’re just setting them aside for a moment to take a deep breath and look out for what you’re missing.
In life, Slammed is a perfect example of a relationship. You get your ups and downs. It showed the struggles you’ll likely face in such an early age. But with all the grief, denials, disappointments, you’ve got to accept all of this. Just like how you’ll accept the person you love regardless of his or her flaws, physically, emotionally or mentally. Being perfect doesn’t justify how many will care about you. You don’t have to aim for everyone’s expectation because who cares what other thinks, if you know in yourself that you’ve done nothing wrong? Only the people you care about matters, because they’re the only ones who knows the real you.
Read: February 16, 2013
Rating: 4 Stars
The story of Lake and Will continues as they try to untangle the collision of their past and present. After finally being together, Lake and Will still have a lot on their plate for their future. Meet new characters with their heart-warming stories and good sense of humor, which will spice things up a bit for our two favorite characters. Will their relationship be able to survive the ghosts of the pasts?
“Point of retreat” is actually that, a tip or spot where you stop. After the promise they made to Julia that they’ll wait for at least a year to be sexually intimate with one another, Will and Lake throw out the gauntlet whenever they felt that things are getting too hot and heavy. Even after Julia died, she still has a strong influence and part to the story. Death doesn’t make one person forgotten. If anything, it only makes her more loved and cherished.
“A guy can tell a girl he’s in love with her until he’s blue in the face. Words don’t mean anything to a woman when her head’s full of doubt. You have to show her.”
This is a pretty good advice to guys out there. Women are complicated beings. We’re hot one minute and cold the next. Action always speaks louder than words. Women would want to see with her own two eyes how sincere the man can be. She’ll need actual proof because words are thrown out thoughtlessly. Words can be repeatedly uttered. Words can form lies. Words can break one’s heart. A person can only forgive you for the things you said but they could never forget.
There are a lot of quotes and poems in the book that can help anyone when they feel like they don’t know what to do. Some pieces actually tug at my heart. This book showed not only the love you can have from your significant other but also from your friends, neighbors and especially your family. No matter how many fights you pick with your siblings, you’ll always have each other’s back when the time comes that you don’t have anyone. It is never good to shut everyone out when something bad happen. Let new people in because you’ll never know how much you’ll need them later in your life.
Read: February 22, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars
The time has come. Lake and Will will finally, finally, read the bed. After two books of laughter and heartaches, they’ll get the happily ever after they deserve. In between chapters, we’ll go back to Slammed in Will’s POV and we’ll learn new revelations and secrets as we go back in time. These new revelations will either mar or strengthen their new found marriage.
This Girl is actually one of the title slam pieces found in the series (Point of Retreat). Personally, I think it’s one of the heartfelt, gut-wrenching pieces. It was so beautiful. The title is so apt because this piece was the reason they got back together. They’ve overcome crazy exes, douchebag cousins and insecurities. Their relationship is stronger than ever so there’s nothing that can penetrate their love, or was it?
Read on to stumble on the conclusion Colleen Hoover made for our dear characters. Join them as they laugh, cry, and hope through the past, present and most importantly their future. Be ready to say goodbye to our wonderful characters as they embark on their last journey.
Read: May 5, 2013
Rating: 4.5 Stars