A gorgeous, emotional read, Slammed is one of the best new adult contemporaries I have ever read. It's not some silly YA story with some sex and violence and illness added in, it's a real, heartbreaking story of two people who have so much to lose. This amazing story about Lake and Will riveted me, and I raced through it, and the sequel, Point of Retreat, in one day.I loved reading from Lake's point of view - she's an incredible girl: strong, stubborn, radiant, someone who values her family and friends. I think the author does a wonderful job of creating a character everyone can identify with - the tragic death of her father doesn't alienate readers. When she meets Will, the connection is instant and binding, and whereas I've felt exasperated at how quickly some bookish relationships progress, their interactions felt raw.And Will. I think I'm in love.The other refreshing thing about Slammed are the secondary characters, and the relationships that they have with one another. Lake's mother is supportive, attentive and always there for her children, and her younger brother made me laugh so much. The friends she makes at school are also great, because they stick around through everything and aren't ever relegated to the background because the romance needs more airtime.And the romance, the sweet, cuddly, cute, hot romance. Oh, how I laughed and cried, right along with Lake and Will. I didn't see their struggles coming, so the full force of it hit me like a train, and it was great! I hate predictable books. Although their lives are hard, and they see more misfortune and despair than many of us will see throughout our whole lives, Slammed isn't morbid or dark. Actually, there are many moments that are surprisingly light interspersed cleverly throughout the darkness.So there, I don't think I have any more praises to sing. Slammed is great, and readers looking for a change in scenery will enjoy it. Go forth and read!You can read more of my reviews at Speculating on SpecFic.