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
Point of Retreat
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.