by Colleen Hoover – So good! This YA novel, about love and real loss, introduces characters with depth and heart. It also introduces some readers to the visceral punch of good slam poetry. (And thank you, Ms. Hoover, for not giving examples of bad slam poetry!) The story moved me… to tears, in fact, at the end.
Self-published in January 2012 and (no longer, alas) available free in Kindle format on amazon.com, Slammed is also out in paperback. This heart-wrenching novel brought the author to the attention of a branch of the Simon & Schuster; she now has six NYT bestsellers and, I hope, a long career ahead of her. Highly recommended. (finished 8/16/14)