Author: Colleen Hoover
Synopsis: 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. (Goodreads)
Plot: 18 year old Lake, just loses her dad when her mom decides that she wants to suddenly move. Angry, and frustrated with the move Lake finds peace in befriending the neighbor across the street, Will. As a fresh new romance unveils, circumstances are determined to keep them apart.
Characters: All the character were very well written. I enjoyed reading about Lake, as a strong female protagonist who has been helping her mom take care of her brother after her dad’s passing. Will, was definitely boyfriend material. He was only 21 years old in this novel and he had a world of responsibilities. I enjoyed seeing his self-expression through slam poetry. He was very passionate and it made me curious on how to write slam peoms.
Pro: I fell in love with this book from the first line. The voice of the book was so captivating that I literally could not stop reading. The voice and the plot of the story made this book fast paced. And when I say fast paced, it only took me a day in a half to read. That’s record speed. I really enjoyed how fluently the plot flowed. The events all seemed to be in the right place, and nothing seemed forced in this novel.
Con: I did however, have one small con with this book. This was the first Collen However book that I felt had an instant love. I always, expect my love stories from Colleen to be a little dragged out. This wasn’t a huge issue for me, it just caught me by surprise.
Rating: I gave this book a /5 stars . I literally couldn’t put this book down. When I did stop reading for the very, very short time that I did, my thoughts were on the story. Have you ever had that feeling where you were part of the story while you were reading it? That was the feeling I had even when I was not reading the book, I felt that I was still living in Will’s and Lake’s world. At times I felt like something was missing, while I was going about my regular day, and then when I started reading the book again I realized I was unconsciously looking for the voice the the book was written in. It had an element of surprise and this book turned out to be nothing like I expected it to be. I enjoyed the aspect of slam poetry and how it encouraged, a healthy way of dealing with your emotions. Thanks Colleen Hoover, for getting me out of a book slump. I very highly recommend everyone to check this book out, although I think females will find it more appealing then the male population.