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Publisher's Summary

Layken Cohen isn't your typical 18-year-old. After the recent death of her father, she is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's slowly losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for performing "Slams". Will and Layken immediately form an intense and emotional connection neither of them knew they needed until it was found. However, the two of them are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their relationship to a halt.
Once again, Layken must put on a brave face and accept that which she cannot control, but when a family secret comes into play, it becomes the ultimate test of her resolve. Unable to accept the harsh reality of her future, Layken puts everything at risk and turns to Will for solace.
Both Layken and Will struggle as they attempt to find a balance between that which keeps them apart and the feelings that pull them together.
©2012 Colleen Hoover (P)2012 Colleen Hoover
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2 out of 5 stars
By Jane on 08-17-13

Not for me. Too much teen angst.

Too much sadness and grief.

This is first person present which is my least favorite. I have given 5 stars to a first person book, but I’d prefer to never read another one.

18-year-old Layken and 21-year-old Will have one date, fall in love, and then find out they cannot be together for a period of time. They must stay away from each other. But that is hard to do because they see each other almost every day. There is a lot of frustration and angst. I was disappointed that there wasn’t enough relationship development either during the book or at the end. I wanted to see some being-in-love-together time, and I wanted to know about Layken’s plans. But the ending cut that off.

The setting and subject matter were depressing. Teens have lost their parents for different reasons, including accidents and illness. They suffer but are able to survive in good ways. This might fit the mood for some readers, but for me it was a downer. I feel like the author used that for depth, rather than relationship development or other events.

I did not enjoy the following.

1. Layken is angry or angsty and does stupid or insensitive things.

2. Layken assumes something bad about someone and gets angry, slamming doors, leaving, not letting that person explain. But later she learns the truth and it wasn’t what she thought.

3. Layken is mad at someone. They are calling her. She won’t answer her phone because she doesn’t want to hear them apologize. But, they were calling about an emergency that needed her attention. So we have more angst because she didn’t answer the phone. I don’t mind if she doesn’t have her phone or it’s not charged, but to purposely not answer it for that reason? No. It felt contrived to provide some angst “I’m not going to answer.”

The idea of slamming, performing poetry at a night club was interesting. And several characters read poems that way.

The author needs a grammar editor. She frequently used I vs me incorrectly.

The narrator Heidi Baker was ok, but I was not pleased. She has a teen-speak-accent that I couldn’t place (emphasizing ending syllables). I’m sorry, I’m spoiled. I prefer the generic American accent.

Genre: young adult contemporary romance

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5 out of 5 stars
By T. Lykins on 04-15-15

Love story that will tug at your heart.

Loved how one of my favorite books has been brought to life. The narrator speaks and makes the characters seem real.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ms. V. Cistiakovaite on 02-04-13

A very pleasant and easy listen

This book is very pleasant. Easy to listen to - I really liked the narrators voice. The story is well paced and the story is sweet, it's uncomplicated. Will be liked by teenagers and young adults.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Sharon on 03-15-17

Not for me - could not finish.

I did not finish this. The storyline was boring, the main character Lake was irritating and the narrator had quite a whiney voice. Not my favourite.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Lara on 04-12-16


Bit of a disappointment of a listen after reading so many rave reviews. The narrator takes some getting used to - bit of an annoying way of reading. The story took a long time to pull me in. Not going to listen to the second one as I prefer more mature characters than this one.

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