Earlier in the week I was trying to come up with different daily features I can post one being a Sunday spotlight where I’ll spotlight a book I’ve read and loved but may not have had a chance to post a review.
For my first spotlight I’ve chosen:
Now, I chose Slammed by Colleen Hoover as my first for a personal reason and I’ll get to that…
I discovered it after Amazon suggested it based on my other purchases and after reading the synopsis I figured, why not, so I added it to my wish list and went back to Facebook where ironically I saw a pic a fan posted on Jamie McGuire’s page of her paperback copies of Slammed and Beautiful Disaster and I remember commenting on the pic with “I just added Slammed to my wish list” I thought it was funny how I had never heard of it and then *bam* there it is again…well lo and behold the next comment was from Colleen herself asking for my email address because she said Slammed shouldn’t be on my wish list lol…I’ll never forget it, it was a Thursday at the end of April. I started reading it that night and all day the following day..it was one of the most beautiful, butterflying amazing stories I’ve read. Colleen truly did an amazing job bringing these characters and their story to life.
Once in a while, if you’re lucky, you might come across a book that completely changes you and for me that book was Slammed. I chose Slammed first because in six days on November 3 it will be the one year anniversary of my Mom’s death and there’s a paragraph in the epilogue of Slammed that had such a profound effect on me and it helped me deal with my Mom’s death…
“When someone close to you dies, the memories and recollections of them are painful. It isn’t until the fifth stage of grief that the memories of them stop hurting as much-when the recollections become positive. When you stop thinking about the person’s death and remember all of the wonderful things about their life.”
After reading that something inside just clicked for me…stop focusing on her death! It wasn’t easy, I mean I cried everyday, several times a day for five months after her death whenever I thought of her because of course I focused on the last month of her life, watching as she got worse, not wanting to leave her side then holding her hand as I watched her pass away because I promised her I’d hold her hand thru everything she faced; crying had become a habit for me. But reading that paragraph completely changed my outlook; it reminded me to remember her life and all the positive memories. It wasn’t easy by any means but I remembered to “put the emphasis on life” it became my mantra whenever I thought of her and eventually I noticed my crying stopped a little more each day and it was replaced with laughter remembering the happy memories…so Colleen I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for Slammed but I don’t think I can ever truly thank you enough for the difference your words made in my life. This book deserves all the five star reviews it’s gotten and it deserved to be published and flying off the shelves in bookstores everywhere!
Now if you haven’t read Slammed what are you waiting for???
You can purchase Slammed on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Slammed-ebook/dp/B008TRUDAS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1351405374&sr=1-1&keywords=slammed
You can purchase Slammed at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/slammed-colleen-hoover/1108162651?ean=9781476715919
Click here to learn more about the fabulous Colleen: http://colleenhoover.com/