Review: Point of Retreat

13496084– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 17848167 Title: Point of Retreat [#2 Slammed] Author: Colleen Hoover Synopsis:

Hardships and heartache brought them together…now it will tear them apart. Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.’

This book was so butterflying fantastic, I just… dashjfdfjhfjdshafkjh /epiclove.

“…Like, take the word “butterfly” for example. What if someone decided one day that butterfly is a cussword? People would eventually start using butterfly as an insult, and to emphasize things in a negative way. The actual WORD doesn’t mean anything. It’s the negative association people give these words that make them cusswords. So if we all just decided to keep saying butterfly all the time, eventually people would stop caring. The shock value would subside…and it would just become another word again…”

Point of Retreat was equally as amazing as Slammed, if not more so. As with Slammed, I loved the ideas brought to the table. They were butterflying awesome, especially the butterfly thing. The idea with the stars was absolutely ingenious as well, and I loved that even though Julia was kind of gone, she really wasn’t.

“Life’s hard. It’s even harder when you’re stupid.” ― John Wayne I sigh. I miss Julia’s sense of humor.

As with the last book, emotions were running high, and if books could exude power, this one would be glowing with it. The doubts, the reassurances, and even the loss of friendship and the forging of new ones were realistic and perfectly placed. Lake doesn’t run, not for no reason, and I absolutely love Hoover for completely covering the bases, leaving no stone unturned, because I’ve been put out with all these books where the girls and guys go all insta-love on us and then it’s just happily ever after. We get to see every aspect of Will and Layken’s devotion to each other, their insecurities, and their absolute inability to communicate with each other when they’re carving pumpkins. It’s perfectly dysfunctional and I loved it! Once again, Hoover’s poetry was always perfectly placed, well versed, amazingly written, and positively breathtaking. If anyone ever makes a “Because of You” kind of poem for me, well, you’ll have me for life. Until then, I’m fine sharing Will with Layken, ’cause MY GOD that was the most romantic thing I’ve ever read/seen/heard of.

But the best advice she ever gave me? The best advice she ever gave us? (I read the quote in my hands) “Sometimes two people have to fall apart, to realize how much they need to fall back together.”

Back to the butterflies, I really liked the new characters introduced in this book. Kiersten and Sherry made the book all the more quirky and fantastic. This book also made me appreciate Eddie and Gavin’s relationship too, with each other and with Lake, Will, Caulder, Kel, and now Kiersten and Sherry as well. The totally different family base built in this trilogy of books shows that family reaches way past blood, and can encompass so many people, even the unexpected, fairly odd, grade school girl who’s your diagonal neighbour. Point of Retreat was breathtaking. After reading the Slammed trilogy, as well as Hopeless, I can’t help but feel like I’ll love anything and everything Colleen Hoover publishes. Absolutely riveting, this book with open your eyes to a totally different perspective on life, love (family, friendship, and relationship alike), and learning that sometimes actions can speak louder than words, but you need both to gain someone’s total trust and love.

Plots: 5/5 Character: 5/5 Writing: 5/5 Cover: 4.5/5 Overall: 5/5 GoodReads Rating: 4.39/5

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