A book a friend recommended: Slammed

slammedMy friend has been wanting me to read SLAMMED since early last year and thanks to this reading challenge, I finally did. I haven’t read any other Colleen Hoover books before this one but I know she’s quite popular. It’s just that last year, I was more inclined to read from the fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian stories.

The Story:

When her father died, Layken moved to Michigan with her mother and 9 year-old brother because their single parented household could not afford to remain in Texas. Her brother, Kell, immediately became best friends with a kid who lived across the street named Caulder. And what do you know, Caulder had a hot older brother–Will. It was love at first sight. And just when Layken finally accepted that their move to Michigan wasn’t such a bad idea, fate played its cruel trick on her. On her first day in her new high school, she found out that Will, the guy she just kissed the night before, was actually her Poetry teacher.

My Rating: 3 everything-is-so-perfect stars

I know this is supposed to be a light love story about taking chances, loving life, and accepting death, but I don’t know why I got a little depressed while and after reading it. So I drank coffee though my doctor said I shouldn’t, went to the cinemas and watched a movie–The Last Five Years, which was also depressing–on my own (as in I was the only one watching it at that time and it was really creepy). And how I was feeling might not be really related to this book, but it was what I was reading at that time so…

Anyway. SLAMMED has an abundance of valuable life lessons. The author tells us that death is inevitable. It’s true that we can never be prepared for this, but if by chance, if we’re lucky enough to receive a warning, then let’s make the best out of it.

Pour your heart out. Let the world hear your words. Push your boundaries. That’s what they’re there for.

My Favorite Slam Poem from the Book:

“The Lake”

I used to love the ocean.

Everything about her.

Her coral reefs, her white caps, her roaring

waves, the rocks they lap, her pirate legends and mermaid tails.

Treasures lost and treasures held…

And ALL

Of her fish

In the sea.

Yes, I used to love the ocean,

Everything about her.

The way she would sing me to sleep as I lay in my bed

then wake me with a force

That I soon came to dread.

Her fables, her lies, her misleading eyes, I’ll drain her dry

If I cared enough to.

I used to love the ocean,

Everything about her.

Her coral reefs, her white caps, her roaring

waves, the rocks they lap, her pirate legends and mermaid tails, treasures lost and treasures

held.

And ALL

Of her fish

In the sea.

Well, if you’ve ever tried navigating your

sailboat through her stormy seas, you would

realize that her white caps are your enemies. If you’ve ever tried swimming ashore when your

leg gets a cramp and you just had a huge meal

of In-n-Out burgers that’s weighing you down, and her roaring waves are knocking the wind

out of you, filling your lungs with water as you

flail your arms, trying to get someone’s

attention, but your friends just

wave

back at you?

And if you’ve ever grown up with dreams in your head about life, and how one of these days you would pirate your own ship and have your

own crew and that all of the mermaids would love

only 

you?

Well, you would realize…

Like I eventually realized…

That all the good things about her?

All the beautiful?

It’s not real.

It’s fake.

So you keep your ocean.

I’ll take the Lake.

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