Sweet romance, that’s what it is. This book is the first that I have read under the promising theme of student-teacher romance. So naturally I had really high hopes. After a few pages in, i was relieved to realise that it might just do that.
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.
When the story starts you expect Layken to be wiser and more mature than her age but with the story’s progression you realize that she is your typical teenager. She lets her anger get the better of her most of the times and “falls in love” after a single date. The latter is so typical in ya books nowadays that it doesn’t piss me off anymore. Her sense of responsibility towards her brother is heart warming. I was quite disappointed to see that her character undergoes no development in the story. And then comes Will. He’s the star of the show no doubt. Sensible, polite, funny and mature, you can’t help liking him. Oh and did i mention that he writes poetry ? And speaking of poetry, though i did like the poems, i could not quite picturise the slam performances. Next in the list of characters who needs special mention is Eddie, Lake’s best friend. I loved Eddie. One thing you can count upon in ya novels, no matter how terrific or horrific the plot, is the presence of ultra cool best friends of the protagonists. More often than not, they are the ones more likable than the lead pair.
One thing that really put me off was the totally irrelevant tragedy at the end. As if what they both were already facing was not enough. Sentimentality is good, but it went overboard towards the end.
Slammed in five:
Forbidden romance (student-teacher)
Gushing fan girl stuff