Slammed series by Colleen Hoover Review

Slammed series by Colleen Hoover
(left to right) Point of Retreat, Slammed, and This Girl
Upon the death of her father, Layken and her family move from Texas to Michigan to begin a new life. On moving day, she meets Will, her neighbor, who she feels attracted toward. Will and Layken share a connection, but before they can take it any farther, obstacles are thrown there way that make them question if being together is their first priority in life.

Slammed series by Colleen Hoover
(1.) Slammed 
(2.) Point of Retreat
(3.) This Girl

WARNING: content may contain spoilers

Slammed
First book written by Colleen Hoover that illustrate a new view to a cliche storyline. There are many stories that centered around this theme, but they somehow don't make it thrilling to read as the work of Hoover's. This far from the classic student and teacher love tale, rather there are more to character than meets the eyes.

Character development:
Layken is still grieving from the recent death of her father to suddenly move from Texas to Michigan, where surprises would await her there. At the same time she is a confident, stubborn and strong girl. When life throws her a curve ball, she prefers to "crave pumpkin," rather than talk an issue out. This is one trait of Layken that I find to hold her back from maturing.

While Will, the good looking neighbor and teacher, who knows what his priorities are in life. It's very mature of him to be able to prioritize the important aspect for him, but it hinders him from obtaining true happiness. It is until later in the story does he figure out that he got to listen to his heart.

These two character created by Hoover are strong on their own, but better when together. They have an undeniable attraction toward each other. I was angst throughout the story since I wanted them to be together so bad. There is always something that hold them back from being together. It is completely understandable why they make the choices that they do.

Comments:
Slammed, the first book in the series, brought me about these familiar exciting feelings, which were similar to when I read Maybe Someday. I couldn't stop turning the pages; I had to know when they will finally slammed together. Having previously read a piece by Hoover, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed.

This is one book of Hoover that I highly recommend to non-reader, and new reader.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Quote:
"Does he treat you with respect at all times? That's the first question. The second question is, if he is the exact same person twenty years from now that he is today, would you still want to marry him? And finally, does he inspire you to want to be a better person? You find someone you can answer yes about to all three, then you've found a good man," (Hoover 37).

Point of Retreat
"It's worth all the aches,
All the tears,
the mistakes...
The heart of a man and a woman in love?
It's worth all the pain the world," (Hoover 296). 
A continuum of Slammed, where Will and Layken's relationship is put through another roller coaster ride. Layken questions Will's love toward her. While he tries to prevent her from "craving pumpkins." They will learn the meaning of love that will only strengthen their bond.

Character development:
I find it enlightening to read from Will's perspective compare to Layken's in Slammed. It does make me look at Will a little differently. He is not calm and mature as I initially thought he was, rather he is a guy who has so much going in his mind. Chaos breaks out when the person, who's keeping him anchor, Layken, decides to take a break from him. He literally does anything he can to get her to talk to him again.

Layken's character is still maturing because she was force to grow up too fast. "Craving pumpkin" is her best avoidance method that holds her back from her happiness. She still struggle to juggle the life handed to her.

Comments:
Second book in the series gave me mixed emotions. I did not get the overwhelming feelings to madly read through the book to find out what happen next. Instead I noticed that I take longer time to get back into reading about Will and Layken's delicate relationship.

There are some good marks about Point of Retreat. Reading from the point of view of Will was intriguing. It gave me a fresh look through the male lead's standing point. In addition, the quiet voice in my head had wondered as I was reading Slammed about his love toward her were true for her, or was it just due to their current circumstances. The author answered silent question by basing majority of story plot around it.

Point of Retreat is book I would say to check out if readers really enjoyed the first book of the series, and see how the OTP's relationship progress.

Rating: 3/5

"...I'm standing up for myself
Like I should have done before
I'm not putting up with your
Butterfly anymore," (Hoover 280). 

This Girl
"But this girl. 
This girl wasn't most girls.
This girl...
This girl did something even better," (Hoover 98). 
Third and last book in the Slammed series by Colleen Hoover picks up right after where Point of Retreat ended. Currently on their honeymoon, Layken persuades Will to tell her more about his past. He is very hesitant, but eventually gives in. The story of Slammed told from perspective of Will's.

Comments:
Read this book felt as though I was beginning the series again with a different viewing angle. Majority of dialogues are the same in retelling, except for present day time ones between the newlywed. Again I didn't get the same thrilling feeling as reading Slammed, it was more of I got to get through this story and casually skim the dialogues.   

Personalities of Will and Layken from Point of Retreat are carried over with a slight change in one of them. Clearly there were some sexual tension between the two noticeable in Slammed, but is more apparent from Will's viewpoint. This illustrates that he is like any normal guy with urges for the girl, whom he is madly in love with. On the other hand, I didn't really get how Layken could still get upset at certain parts of his tale; what happened in the past is part of the past.

Give this story a go if readers want to catch a glimpse into Will's version of the first book. There are several scenes that were not mentioned previously, which is big plus for this story.

Rating: 3/5

Overall rating: 3.6/5

Extras
  • A butterfly symbolizes this series and comes with a whole new meaning
  • A slam is an event where people recite poetry
  • This Girl is a title of one of Will's poem he performed at a slam.
References
Hoover Colleen. Point of Retreat. Atria Paperback, 2012. Print.

---. Slammed. New York: Atria Paperback, 2012. Print.

---. This Girl. New York: Atria Paperback, 2013. Print.

Goodreads. 2015. Web. 5 April 2015.

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