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Book Reviews: Slammed; Easy; Gone Girl

First let me get the review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn out of the way. This book had a lot of hype and I almost didn’t want to read it because of that. It sounded weird, creepy, maybe even a little scary — I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it. But I did.

The book centers around Nick and Amy, and their relationship before she goes missing, on their fifth wedding anniversary. Immediately, Nick is a suspect. He’s not, shall we say, the most attentive husband. But things aren’t what they seem, and the truth is surprising. Read it — you will not be disappointed.


Now on to some self-published authors. My first journey into the world of self-published authors was with my friend Tracey’s book On the Island. Perhaps you’ve heard me mention it before? I trust my fellow readers to know when a book is good, and On the Island had incredibly positive reviews. Tracey was rejected by — 7 or 14, I forget — publishers before she decided to self publish. The publishers must have thought nobody would be interested in some Iowa hayseed’s contemporary romance. Over 300,000 downloads later, she’s now represented by Penguin.

Anyway, there’s a world of self-published books, and what I love about these authors is they believe in themselves enough to say, fuck the publishers, I know I wrote something spectacular and the readers will come! Yes, some self-published books are crap. But once again, intrepid readers before me found the following:

Slammed by Colleen Hoover. 18-year-old Layken has just moved to YPSILANTI, Michigan, of all places, after her father’s unexpected death. She isn’t looking forward to starting over — until she meets her neighbor, Will Cooper. Their connection (and attraction) is instant. However, forces outside their control keep them apart, while simultaneously bringing their families together through their brothers’ friendship. It’s surprising, sad, sweet and full of heart. It’s a short novel, with a follow-up, Point of Retreat. The author is also working on a third book, Will’s Story. Slammed falls squarely into YA, and as such it’s very tame.


Easy by Tammara Webber. It starts out with a gut-check — college sophomore Jacqueline is nearly assaulted by a drunken fraternity brother at a party, when Lucas saves her. Although she has never noticed him before, suddenly Lucas is everywhere. Meanwhile, she’s also dealing with the fallout of a recent breakup and coming to terms with the fact that she made some really stupid decisions while in that relationship. She seeks to make Lucas her rebound hook up, but of course, things quickly get more complicated than that. Lucas is hiding a few secrets himself, and the guy who nearly assaulted her won’t give up. This is a great book that I really enjoyed.


Gone Girl is expensive; the others are 2.99 or 3.99 on Kindle.

3 Responses

  1. I will soon to read Easy by Tammara Webber and I hope I’ll like it!

  2. […] Have you written a really great book? How about a book that I hated? Have we read the same book and discussed it at book club? Or […]

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