As you are interested in reading Colleen Hoover’s Slammed series in order, you should know exactly how many books there are in the series and the correct order to read them. That’s exactly what we are going to talk about in this article!
Slammed series has three books in total, with the first book, Slammed, released in 2012, followed by Point of Retreat, also published in 2012, and the last one, This Girl, released in 2013. This book series started Colleen Hoover on the path to writing for a living.
Colleen Hoover wasn’t always the famous author she is today. Initially, she used to self-publish her books. The book she first published was Slammed, with the sequel Point of Retreat following soon after. Eventually, a publishing company called Atria Books discovered the potential of her novels, picked up the series, and republished the books under their name.
Since then, she has sold over twenty million copies of her many novels, which includes her popular It Ends With Us series. And if you are on a binge-reading journey to read all of Colleen Hoover’s books in order, you should definitely not miss out on one of her earlier works, which is the Slammed book series!
Summary of Slammed Series:
The Slammed book series starts with the first book, Slammed, which is about a young woman named Layken who is going through a tough time after her father’s death. This makes her the head of the household, a place she never wanted to be. Yet, she has to do it for the sake of her mother and younger brother, who are counting on her. Throw in an attractive new neighbor, and her life gets complicated.
In Point of Retreat, Layken and Will, her neighbor, have managed to resolve their issues and started dating again. They are still going strong by the third book in the series, This Girl, and are even married at that point! However, not everything is perfect, and it will take Will finally opening up about his past for things to be good between them finally.
One of the biggest tropes in this series is the neighbors-to-lovers trope, as well as forbidden romance. Once again, Colleen Hoover does a great job of tackling some popular and sometimes overdone romantic love tropes by adding her unique spin to the story.
How Many Books Are in Slammed Series?
There are three books in the Slammed Series by Colleen Hoover. Here is the order they were published, and also the order in which you should read them:
- Slammed was published in 2012.
- Point of Retreat was published in 2012.
- The Girl, the final book in the series, was published in 2013.
The third book partially retells the first two books but through Will’s point of view. But don’t skip the third book because reading the story from a different character’s point of view is exciting and gives you a unique perspective of the story you are already familiar with!
Slammed Series Characters & Age Rating:
There are two main characters in the Slammed Series. The main female character is Layken, an eighteen-year-old struggling to support herself and her family after her father’s death. She tries her best to push forward and look on the bright side, but it isn’t easy. Will is the lead male character, who is her twenty-one-year-old neighbor. He’s very mysterious, but eventually, all secrets come out.
Due to some of the mature situations in this book, it is rated 14+, meaning those 14 years old and above can read it. This is a change from some of Colleen Hoover’s later books, which tend to be rated 17+ because of the adult themes and situations they contain.
Slammed Series in Order of Release Date:
1. Slammed (2012)
Layken is the focus of the first book in the Slammed series, titled Slammed. She is only eighteen years old and is finding herself to be the one to comfort her mother and younger brother after the death of her father. It is a difficult job for someone who is just barely an adult herself.
When Will Cooper moves in next door, Layken is drawn to this slightly older guy. He’s very funny and loves slam poetry. She does not get it, but the more time she spends with him, the more she does not care. There is some kind of connection there between them; one Layken desperately wants to see where it goes.
However, romance is never easy, especially for people who are so young and have barely reached adulthood. Despite this, Layken still has strong feelings for Will and is unsure where to go or turn next.
2. Point of Retreat (2012)
Point of Retreat is the sequel to Slammed and see’s Layken and Will still trying to navigate their complex relationship. To say it’s been turbulent is an understatement, yet for now, they are back together and seem to be going strong… until they aren’t.
Layken doesn’t understand why things are not working out. She loves Will so much, wondering if the feeling is mutual. Will tries to tell Layken that he loves her more than anything constantly, but it does little to convince Layken that there is something between them, something she can’t put her finger on.
It is anyone’s guess if the two will be able to make their newly healed relationship work again. Layken wants to, and it seems like Will wants to too. Hopefully, Layken and Will will be able to work through whatever issues they have and come together like they were before.
3. This Girl (2013)
This Girl is the final book in the Slammed series by Colleen Hoover, and it continues the story of Layken and Will. It’s now a few years later, and somehow Layken and Will have managed to get through the worst of it.
They are now married, but Layken still feels like her husband is hiding something from her. She knows he is and desperately wants him to tell her the truth about everything that has happened. As his wife, she wanted to know and try to help him through it if she can.
From there, the book shifts to Will’s point of view and goes back to the events of book one. It discusses the events of both books through his point of view.
What Will has to say will give Layken all the information she needs. Some of it might be shocking, but hopefully, it will be what she needs to hear, eventually enabling the couple to move on with their lives finally.
And that brings us to the conclusion of the article discussing everything about Colleen Hoover’s first book series, and how to read Slammed series in order!
One of the great things about the Slammed Series by Colleen Hoover is that it is the first series that she ever published. First on her own and then with a publishing company once the series started to gain traction. If you get to a bookstore or look around online, consider purchasing this series. It is a great and easy read and an excellent introduction to Colleen Hoover’s books in general.