Layken Cohen and Will Cooper clicked together instantly the moment they met that first time she stepped foot in her new home in Michigan. Some more first moments together and they fell in love with each other immediately and unhesitatingly – until they realized they should have hesitated because it would not be as simple as they thought. Caught in between a classic tale of the frowned upon student-teacher relationship, Lake and Will would try to work things out, so they could carry on loving each other while also trying to fix the personal and familial baggage clutched to them.
Regret is counterproductive. It's looking back on a past that you can't change. Questioning things as they occur can prevent regret in the future. I questioned a lot about my relationship with your father. People make spontaneous decisions based off of their hearts all the time. There's so much more to relationships than just love. – Julia Cohen
We could all agree that there’s no better way of expressing love for another than through poetry. This said, the poems and lyrics incorporated in this novel added a beautiful dramatic effect on the love story. What was already romantic became extra romantic by miles. They were the perfect introduction to set the mood for each chapter and the best way to express the characters’ feelings when even they themselves couldn’t do so with just plain words and actions. Also, I don’t often chance upon reading novels with poetry, so I find this book to be really unique and inspired in that sense.
This thing about you that you think is your flaw – it's the reason I'm falling in love with you. – Lake Cohen
Slammed portrayed young love as this romantic, cute and beautiful thing. In this book, I read about the ideal face of love, and it made me dream of my own kind of just the right amount of sweetness and cheesiness. It made me want to fall in love as well because it looked as though love is the only thing in this world, the only right thing that would help everything else find its proper place on earth.
Slammed is a very light chick-lit – nice and easy – light in a way that though there were issues about death and sickness, they were not tackled in a way that would make the heart ache so much. Just don’t have any expectations – this book is set to get you all cozy and comfortable reading, so just go with the flow.
If anything, I would like to point out that there was no huge complication in the story, not really. I thought the central problem the characters were facing was something others may consider petty. But seeing as the story was from a teenager’s point of view, I guess it was already expected that the issue at hand would be viewed as a very heavy struggle.
Push your boundaries, Lake. That's what they're there for. – Julia Cohen
Teens and young adults who want nothing but to feel butterflies and cheesy things will surely enjoy patronizing this novel. This book will give them hope about love and all the good things that go with it, that it can be less complicated if people only choose to look at it that way, that solutions are everywhere though not all can be easily done.
That being said, others may also find this novel too shallow, sometimes bordering to already being boring and uninteresting. I admit to realizing just how overly trivial the problem was. But since I was not expecting anything intense and only looking forward to having a good time reading, I let this awareness go and carried on to the next chapter. Besides, Will made up for everything by melting my heart many times over in love with his conscious acts of sweetness and charm. Oh, Will!
Suffice to say, I had a good time diving into the cute story of Lake and Will, good enough that I would like to start with its part two, Point of Retreat, as soon as I get the chance.
Whatever it is you’re running from-it goes with you. It stays with you until you find out how to confront it. – Lake Cohen
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