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Review : The Slam by Haleigh Lovell



***ARC Provided by the Author for an Honest Review***

The Slam by Haleigh Lovell is, as Haleigh describes it, a new adult sports romance. 

I have to admit this book started out being a struggle for me to get into. It is extremely well written but it didn’t have that ‘something’ that just latches onto you and drags you in. I also am not a tennis fan and there is quite a lot of references to tennis throughout the book. All that aside, it is a very detailed story, sometimes to the point where can you lose your train of thought. None of these are particularly bad points, but they are also not something everybody will relate to.

We start by meeting Ender Hemsworth, President of the UC Berkeley Sigma Chi chapter, a rich kid living off campus in a house paid for by his grandmother Camille. Ender is your typical red blooded guy, who at the tender age of eighteen was the top ranked junior tennis player in the world. When his father was diagnosed with a crippling disease he was forced to forgo his dream of becoming a professional tennis player to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Then we meet Adelaide Vikander, a sweet innocent girl from Kalgoorlie, Western Australia who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. 

Camille, Ender’s grandmother, whom is based in Australia, took on guardianship of Adelaide when her own grandfather had passed away. As Ender and Edric used to spend their summers with their grandmother, and Adelaide when they were kids, their grandmother placed Adelaide in their care when she chose to attend UC Berkeley as well. 

What I struggled with to begin with was the backwards and forwards between the story being told by Adelaide and then by Ender. Due to Adelaide having Asperger’s, everything is very literal. It is either black or while, there is no grey area in how they interpret things. Thus making them socially inapt. 

So when I started I was having trouble adjusting to the different ways the story was being told. Once again, this is not how I believe everyone will perceive it.

It really is a beautiful story of how a girl who is struggling to fit in due to her condition, adapts to the environment around her. I loved reading about her journey, and all of her experiences. What really got me, which I found exceptional was the building of the relationship between Adelaide and Ender. It isn’t you traditional love story and you appreciate the hard work this author has put into creating such a beautiful story.

I believe that once you really engross yourself in this novel, you will love it!!

This is definitely a 4 star rating in my eyes and I look forward to reading whatever Haleigh publishes next.

Reviewed by Stacey J.