"Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart."
Have I mentioned how much I like mentorship? Yes, it is exactly what it sounds. Teacher slash student ship, mentor and student ship, etc. There is a lot of variations (of names), and the most famous mentorship is probably Vampire Academy and Divergent. (Hello, Rose and Dimitri, Four and Tris.) Slammed involves Will Cooper (the student teacher, who is forbidden to date any of his students) and Layken (the student, who didn't know about Will and his teaching job in the beginning).
I love the title. Slammed. It refers to slam poetry, which is where participants and poets go up on stage and perform their poems aloud. (Honestly, I wish I can view one in real life, but all of those places with slam poetry are at least fifteen miles away from my home.) It is the perfect title for this story.
Another note. I notice some grammar errors here and there. Yes, they are a tiny bit annoying, but if I overlook them and concentrate on the story, they can slip from my attention.
Nixy lost her father. She moves all the way from Texas to Michigan. Texas and Michigan have different terrain and climate, and I totally don't blame her for hating on Michigan. But once she meets her swoonworthy neighbor, Will Cooper, she finds something to like about Michigan. She goes on a fabulous date with him, and their feelings ignite a sharp and beautiful connection. But then... their relationship turns forbidden. With red tape. (And drama ensures...)
Will shares many similarities with Nixy. He is a compelling, hot guy. Torn between the love at first sight and the love for his brother (brother wins, by the way), he makes some tough decisions. Sure, it will take time for Nixy to graduate high school and avoid that pesky rule. But these pair are young, and they have raging hormones. So, yes, there are some hot (hot) moments.
The poetry in Slammed is definitely awesome, and I have to admit that Hoover's ability to create beautiful sentences of poise make up for the grammar errors. There are so many favorite poems in Slammed, but my favorite one is from Will to Nixy. (It is at the end of the book.)
Overall, Slammed is an enchanting and engrossing tale of two young lovers forbidden to love each other. (Or at least, Will is. We all know how some of us have crushes on our teachers.) Best for those who love explosive romance.
Rating: Four out of Five