My first date with Miss Hoover was absolutely sublime; I loved her book! Layken and Will were so adorable, my heart goes out for them. I hated how their romance was pushed aside because of their positions and I rooted for them until the very end. Despite touching some very difficult and troublesome topics, this book had a feel-good quality to it. Family and friends are what makes life bearable and it’s wonderful how this is portrayed in the story.
We meet Layken and Will right at the beginning of the novel. Layken lost her father a few months ago and so her family moved to be closer to her mom’s job. Will is her new neighbour and when their younger brothers become instant best friends, the two become close and even go out on a date. But when Will turns out to be a teacher at Layken’s school, they have to be sensible about it. Too much is at stake. Their romance has to stop, at least for now.
A surprising and harrowing turn of events pushes them back together as Layken has to deal with yet another approaching tragedy. But this time it’s different. She has friends, good friends, and Will, of course. She is no longer a teenager but an adult. And with Will by her side, she can face anything, even the terrible events that await her.
I am currently listening to the Avett Brothers whose lyrics are written at the beginning of each chapter. I wish I’d listened to them while I was reading the book because I finally fully understand what Layken and Will were feeling. Colleen Hoover, this was such a great idea! To connect music and fiction, it doesn’t get better.
What I loved about this book is (beside the romance, of course) the character development. Layken and Will are both flawed, they aren’t all powerful, beautiful and sassy, no, they’re just like the rest of us, faced with obstacles in life that try to pull you down. But they are both so brave and strong and they do what they have to in order to protect their family. Nothing is as important as family and friends. I totally agree.
The next best thing in the book is the slam poetry. It moved me despite the lack of performance. Will was such a talented poet and his words made me want to write again. And Eddie, gosh, Eddie! What a wonderful character! I hope we see more of her in the next book because she makes the best best friend ever.
Okay, so I pretty much just talked about how much I love the book. I did love it but I didn’t adore it. I had some issues with Layken because she seemed to be super angry all the time, especially at Will who already had so much problems of his own and I was so mad at her for giving him a hard time. Also, the way they instantly fell in love with each other seemed a bit far-fetched. And the second tragedy that Layken has to face… seriously? I felt so sorry for her.
I’m not the biggest fan of romance novels but every once in a while I like to read them and this was a great choice. It wasn’t too sappy and predictable; I liked the main characters and want to see where the story takes them. Colleen Hoover is one of the best romance writers I’ve come across so far and I’ll be sure to pick up another of her books soon. I have to finish Layken and Will’s story, right?
Does he treat you with respect at all times? That’s the first question. The second question is, if he is the exact same person twenty years from now that he is today, would you still want to marry him? And finally, does he inspire to be a better person? You find someone you can answer yes to all three, then you’ve found a good man.
Colleen Hoover, Slammed