Looking for an intense, emotional book where the characters feel like friends? Where you live through all their highs and lows right along with them? If so, look no further than Slammed and Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover.
Slammed is the first book about Lake & Will, I think it’s best not to know too much about books before you read them so I’m not going to talk about the plot. Suffice to say, this book is about Lake and Will who meet, have a deep attraction to each other but then discover they can’t be together. Twice during this book, I was reduced to shaking my head thinking, what…reverse up there…WHAT just happened!
And when I read my first slam poem, I was shaking with emotion and adrenaline. Being the nerd I am, I had to read the slam poem out loud and perform it for myself, these words are so good, you can’t just read them, you have to actually say them. Take my word for it, this books is a must read. Don’t just write it off as YA, it should appeal to a much wider audience; it is worth reading for the slam poetry alone.
Point of Retreat is the follow on book. And again thoroughly enjoyable but for me this was a 4 star read and not 5 star as it wasn’t as intense or action packed as the first book. This book is told from Will’s point of view which was a good twist and I love Will even more after being in his head for a few days. We are treated to more Slam Poetry, which I adore and I am definitely inspired to try writing my own. There are some new characters as well who are quirky and fun and add a new dimension to the story. I butterflying love their new neighbour Kiersten and her ‘butterfly you’ slam poem.
In summary Slammed is fantastic and Point of Retreat is a good follow on just not quite reaching the same standards as the first book. If you want an enjoyable, emotional, funny at times, heartbreaking at others kind of book; then indulge yourself with these.
Colette is now on my list of auto buy authors and I will be enthusiastically waiting to see what she comes up with next.
Thanks to Net Galley and Atria Books for giving me a free copy of Point of Retreat to read in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Bookish Chat : Have your read these or are you planning to? Any thoughts on them? And as I enjoyed these so much, have you any suggestions for similar books?