Publisher: Atria Books; Original edition (September 18, 2012)
Goodreads Summary: 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.
My View: This is another one of those books in which the protagonist’s father dies. Yeah, somehow I have been reading a couple of these books.
The book started off really well pulling me in. The plot is innovative and interesting. The characters are really well developed and interesting.
But I had a big time problem with the only conflict in here. I don’t want to divulge the spoiler but I couldn’t get my head around it. I kept asking myself ‘Dude, what’s the big deal? Really!’ Do let me know if any of you felt the same.
And also the supposed turn in the plot was a kind of sour feeling for me. It’s just way too unrealistic. Or maybe not. But I wish the twist and turn of the plot wasn’t This.
I loved the meaning of Slamming. Being a poet myself, I enjoyed reading the poetry in the book. Some of it heart touching.
When I started reading, I thought I knew what the 5-star reviews about this book were all about but gradually I didn’t identify with those. But still, I am adamant to read the second one in the series. Hope it’s better for me.