Friday, January 24, 2014

Review: Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover

Release date: September 18, 2012
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Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 302
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Layken and Will have managed to overcome the obstacles that threatened to destroy their love, proving that they are destined for one another. What they are about to learn, however, is that the things that have brought them together may be the very things that ruin their connection forever...

Layken is left second-guessing the relationship whilst Will is jumping over hurdles to prove his love for her. What the young lovers discover about themselves along this journey may change their entire world, and the lives of those who depend upon them the most...
It's been a while since I read Slammed, but it was the kind of book that just captivated me. And Point of Retreat was no different. In many ways, there's no way for me to explain that. It's a feeling, a drive to continue reading even when I probably should go to sleep, when I should do homework. There just aren't that many books out there that do that to me.

Months after Layken's mom's death, Lake and Will are trying to keep everything together. Together they're parenting, going to school, and just trying to form a steady home for their brothers. But life can't help but keep throwing punches at them. When the past and accidents threaten to eliminate a future, Layken and Will have to decide where their point of retreat lies.

While I think Point of Retreat could have felt all too similar to Slammed, even maybe without having quite as captivating a plot, reading from Will's point of view made it different enough to keep the story feeling fresh. That's not to mention the addition of the absolutely fantastic Kiersten. That girl would be my new best friend if I met her. She's the perfect addition to Caulder and Kel's neighborhood group. (Kel and Caulder also continue to be laugh-out-loud funny and the best characters in the book.) It's also lovely to see the after of a happily-ever-after kind of book. That time is not often explored, even as it's filled with problems. I suppose it's not traditionally "romantic" enough, but please let Colleen Hoover show you all otherwise. This book is perfectly romantic, I promise.

The plot of this one isn't as strong as Slammed, and that may be partially because there's just so many events packed into its pages. It's hard to focus on each one, though, since you're swept from one to the other quickly. Either of the book's largest events should have been the focus, rather than having two.

Honestly, you could pretty much read this book to read Will's slam. It'll wring your heart and make you fall in love with him all over again or for the first time. Even without that, it's a great, engrossing read. Colleen Hoover's got my heart in her little hands and I can tell she'll break it time and time again. I'm okay with that. :)

About the author:

Colleen Hoover is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels. Her first series was published in 2012 and includes SLAMMED, POINT OF RETREAT and the companion novel THIS GIRL. Her second series, published in 2013, includes the #1 NYT's bestseller HOPELESS and the companion novel, LOSING HOPE. She has released a free novella, FINDING CINDERELLA, as a thank you to her readers for their continued support. The novella is a companion to her Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone.

You can follow Colleen on Instagram @colleenhoover if you want to watch her pointless, random videos. You can also follow her on TWITTER, but she rarely tweets anything worth following. You can also find her on her blog at or on her very active Facebook page at where she loves to give away free stuff when her husband isn't looking.

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