With my recent love for the New Adult Genre, I am excited to tell you that we will have a new Feature here at the Bookworms.
New Adult Mondays
.. a bi-weekly Feature where we will review and talk about New Adult books! If you are not familiar with this term, you can read my New Adult Discussion post!
Today I have 2 books for you which need to be read back-to-back!
Slammed & Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
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.
After reading Beautiful Disatser and Easy this was one my first New Adult books that completely drew me into their world. This 2 – book story was incredible and emotionally so challenging it left me sobbing after I was done… I am going to review both books as they are directly tied to each other and need to be read back to back! I try to avoid any spoilers!
Have you ever lost? Will and Laykin experiences lost on a whole new level
Although, I keep repeating myself but this is why I crave the New Adult genre so much. Everything is just more intense, more passionate and just more. In Slammed we encounter loss so tragic that it leaves you speechless with emotion. Laykin hast just lost her father when she moved with her mother and brother into a new town. There she meets Will, the neighbor’s boy who has a kid brother the same age. Will, just lost both his parents a year ago and is left to take care of his brother although he’s just 20… Hearing already this story makes me tear up again, and aching for those two damaged and lost kids! And.. if you think it can’t get any worse, then you are wrong…
Will and Laykin so good for each other, yet so wrong
When they discover that Will is her teacher, as he’s trying to get all the credits for college so that he can take care of this brother, they are heartbroken. There is just something between them none of them can deny and it’s hard to walk back from this… It was awful to see they want nothing more than to comfort each other and love each other, yet it’s wrong and they just –can’t!
The Beauty and Passion of Words…
… and I mean this in every sense! If you do not know what “Slammed” is or means, than you are not alone.. It’s a way to perform poetry on stage and this is where Will takes Laykin for the first time. This also becomes their way of talking to each other when no other words can be said, when emotions can’t be expressed and I was in awe at the power and beauty and rawness of these words! Even more, Colleen Hoover has a way with words to describe this beautiful story that was incredible emotional!
Hardships and heartache brought them together…now it will tear them apart.
Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.
Starting a few month after the horrific happenings in Slammed, PoR follows Will and Laykin on their struggle to be an adult, brother, sister, parent and lovers. Now, they have to see if they are really meant to be and if they truly love each other… Sadly, I cannot comment on what happened in Slammed that was so horrible but it shocked me to the core so I needed to know how Laykin and Will would deal with it!
Why to we love?
One main concern was how the ended up together and Laykin is not sure why Will is with her. Is it the pain they share or is it true love? They are so passionate with each other and when they fight – they fight hard! I loved PoR even more, as it was emotionally even more challenging and I cried and was actually sobbing while seeing those two fall apart!
Family and Friendship
In both book, family and friendship plays an important role and I loved the way Coleen Hoover described these bonds! I was in awe! When Laykins and Will brother meet, they instantly become best friends and seeing those two boys together was amazingly raw and touching! I loved those boys insanely! Even more, Laykin is making friends along the way that feel like family as tight and close they become. Sometimes, friends can become as close you and important to you was family and it was beautiful how Colleen described it! Even more, the way Will went above and beyond to raise his brother was in awe inspiring…
The Wonderment in the Dark
The most touching element in PoR is something I cannot tell you! But, it has something to do with stars, and a vase and a mother that is just beyond incredible. I am having tears in my eyes remembering this! If you read the book, you know what I mean, if you haven’t – I promise you, that you will remember my words and tear up…
Bewitched Rating for both books
Slammed and Point of Retreat are emotionally challenging books that we leave you raw. Sizzling with emotion, tension, passion this story is will make you heart swell and ache. A must read for readers who want their hearts to break and put back together… again, and again and again!
Coleen Hoover is another bright example of the new movement of New Adult writers. And, her books have been just picked up by Simon & Schuster imprint Atria to republish their books, just following Jamie McGuire and Beautiful Disaster! congratulations!