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If coming-of-age, forbidden romance fiction books sound interesting to you, then you’ll love this guide to Colleen Hoover’s Slammed series. You’ll learn the series order and so much more to guide you through your reading experience, so let’s get literary!

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Colleen Hoover Slammed Series Order

Slammed is a Young Adult romance series about teens coming-of-age, bonded by a passion for slam poetry and their forbidden romance.

To avoid spoilers, you should read these Colleen Hoover books in order of publication:

  1. Slammed (2012)
  2. Point of Retreat (2012)
  3. This Girl (2013)

This Girl is an alternative point of view to Slammed, told in flashbacks, but it should still be read third in the series because, otherwise, plot points from Point of Retreat will be spoiled.

The age rating for the Slammed series is Young Adults aged 14 and over. There is some kissing but no graphic sexual content.

Trigger warnings include terminal illness and death.

Quick Summaries and Reviews

Slammed (Book 1 of 3)

  • Trigger Warnings: terminal illness, death
  • Spice Level: 0.5 out of 5

Slammed is Colleen Hoover’s debut novel. It follows Layken Cohen, an 18-year-old high school senior whose life is uprooted when her father unexpectedly passes away and her mother moves her and her younger brother, Kel, from Texas to Michigan.

Layken meets her new neighbor Will Cooper, a handsome boy slightly older than she, who is raising his younger brother, Caulter.

Layken and Will have a whirlwind first date to a poetry slam. However, when Layken walks attends her first day at her new school, she discovers that her poetry elective teacher is none other than Will.

The questions are what will become of their now forbidden love and how to cope with difficult situations in life. Through the art of poetry and slam performances, the reader learns about love, loss, passion, and perseverance.

Of note, the raw emotion that accompanies the terminal illness and death, at the forefront of this novel, is also poignant and palpable.


Point of Retreat (Book 2 of 3)

  • Trigger Warnings: pregnancy, automobile accident
  • Spice Level: 0.5 out of 5

Point of Retreat picks up one year later, as the story of Layken and Will continues. 

A series of events leaves Layken responsible for her brother Kel.  Meanwhile, Layken and Will are now in college and have classes on opposing days, rendering their potential romance unforbidden.

On Will’s first day of class, however, he is met with a bit of a surprise when his ex-girlfriend, Vaughn, is in his class.  What’s more is that she makes her romantic intentions clear, instigating a bit of a love triangle.

As the tension heats up in Layken’s and Will’s potential relationship, secrets are revealed which will make them question everything.  This is a story of young love, but in a mature setting, as the characters have responsibilities and decision-making far beyond their years. 

Readers will love that there is an unexpected plot twist near the end of this book, showcasing how the characters handle surprising events.


This Girl (Book 3 of 3)

  • Trigger Warnings: none
  • Spice Level: 1 out of 5

This Girl is an alternative point of view to Slammed, told in flashbacks by Will, and each chapter features both a flashback and a present-day vignette.  The flashbacks are accounts of Laykin’s and Will’s relationship and, in the present day, Layken reacts to them. 

Will’s account of things sometimes also includes things of which the reader was previously unaware.

Frequently Asked Questions

What order do you read the Slammed series?

The three books in Colleen Hoover’s Slammed series should be read in order of publication to avoid spoilers: (1) Slammed (2012), (2) Point of Retreat (2012, and (3) This Girl (2013).

Can you read the Slammed series out of order?

No. The three books in Colleen Hoover’s Slammed series should be read in order of publication to avoid spoilers: (1) Slammed (2012), (2) Point of Retreat (2012, and (3) This Girl (2013).

Is Slammed a trilogy?

Yes. There are three books in Colleen Hoover’s Slammed series: Slammed, Point of Retreat, and This Girl.

Is there a second book to Slammed?

Yes. The second book to Slammed by Colleen Hoover is the sequel Point of Retreat.

Is Slammed a spicy book?

No. The age rating for Slammed by Colleen Hoover is Young Adults aged 14 and over. There is some kissing but no graphic sexual content. Trigger warnings include terminal illness and death from terminal illness.

Conclusion

Colleen Hoover’s Slammed series is a Young Adult romance trilogy about teens coming of age, bonded by a passion for slam poetry and their forbidden romance. To avoid spoilers, you should read the books in order of publication: Slammed, Point of Retreat, and This Girl. The age rating for the Slammed series is Young Adults aged 14 and over, as there is no graphic sexual content. However, trigger warnings include terminal illness and death.

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