- Publisher: Atria Books
- Format: Paperback | 302 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 23mm | 204g
- Publication date: 18 September 2012
- ISBN 10: 1476715920
- ISBN 13: 9781476715926
- Sales rank: 17,732
From the #1 "New York Times "bestselling author of "Hopeless "and "Losing Hope. " Sometimes two people have to fall apart to realize just how much they belong together. Colleen Hoover entranced readers everywhere with her bestselling novel "Slammed," the book that introduced Layken and Will, a young couple whose love overcame devastating hardships to emerge stronger and more resilient than before. Now, as Layken and Will's emotion-packed story continues, a stunning and unforeseen revelation about Will's past leaves them questioning everything that they thought they knew about each other. With the foundation of their relationship at risk, they must decide whether they are willing to fight for a future together, or to retreat back into solitude and heartache. How far does Will have to go to prove to Layken his love for her will last forever? It will require something truly extraordinary to keep this couple together, and the decisions they make and the answers they find will change not only their lives, but the lives of everyone around them. "Colleen Hoover's second novel is just as brilliant and entertaining as "Slammed." "Point of Retreat" is absolute poetry." --Jamie McGuire, author of "Beautiful Disaster"
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By Suzanne Finnegan 17 Jan 2013
An amazing sequel to Slammed. And while I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first one, it's still very much deserving of 5 stars.
Just when things seem to working out for Lake and Will, Will's ex-girlfriend arrives on the scene and messes things up. I get so frustrated when ex-girlfriends show up in books.
And then, what I feel is possibly one of the worst things that can happen to someone, happens to Lake. One bad thing after another, the poor girl doesn't seem to be able to catch a break.
The characters are as fantastic as they were in Slammed and come together even more in this boo, like they're a family. There are some new characters, new neighbours of Will and Lake. Kristen and her mom Sherry. Who'd have thought that an eleven year old girl could be so enjoyable. She really surprised me.
Point of Retreat is dramatic, emotional and tragic. We get to enjoy some more poetry, not to the same extent as the first book, but it still plays it's very important part.
I found this to be a very enjoyable series so far. I'm really looking forward to the third book and finding out the direction that the author is going to take this series in.
By Cherie 07 Dec 2012
Oh, Colleen Hoover, why do you play with my emotions so? Talk about a roller-coaster ride!
"Sometimes two people have to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together."
That quote pretty much sums up this book. The next chapter in Will and Lake's story is told from Will's POV. I loved that we got to see Will's thought process and get to see Lake through his eyes. I think it showed a whole other dimension to their relationship. First, we see the day to day routines that Will and Lake have developed. All those little things that make up a true relationship. It's not always about making out and staring into each other's eyes (although there's some of that, too). It's about making a life together.
Things start to fall apart when Will's ex-girlfriend shows up and tries insinuate herself into Will's life again. In spite of his best efforts to keep her away, she ends up causing Lake to question Will's true reason's for being with her.
Colleen Hoover is an absolute master at making you feel exactly what her characters are feeling. All of the doubt and insecurity and anger and frustration and despair. All of these characters could jump right out of the book and continue living their lives in the real world at any moment. There is nothing forced or artificial about their personalities or the dialogue. She also includes so many details that make you really believe that this could be a real story happening somewhere right now. The star jar, the gnome, basagna, and so so many other details make this a truly authentic story. That's really the best thing about these books - they are real and authentic and genuine and they make you feel something when you read them.
It's not all depressing, angsty stuff, though. There are some laugh out loud moments and some really triumphant moments as well. As I said in my review of Slammed, I'm generally not a fan of poetry but these books make me want to go check out a slam somewhere. The poems here are fantastic and emotional and powerful. Some of my very favorite moments involved the poems.
There are a couple of new characters introduced that really round out the cast of the book, Kiersten and her mom, Sherry. Kiersten is the precocious 10 year old who lives next door. She's clever and sarcastic and I loved every scene she was in. There's a small subplot involving Kiersten that really made me feel for her and I loved her poem, Butterfly You. In fact, I loved Kiersten so much that I would be very interested in reading a spin-off book about her and her mom.
Overall, this was a fantastic book. The writing is superb, the characters are genuine and amazing, the scenes and settings are authentic and I think everyone should read it.
By Michelle SedeÃ±o 23 Nov 2012
Pasted below is my full review that's posted on my blog. Feel free to view the full post here: http://michelleshoutsrandom.blogspot.com/2012/11/book-review-point-of-retreat-by-colleen.html
It's hard to keep my thoughts and feelings intact when they're overflowing. But I will try my very best to keep calm and write a review for one of the best books I've read this year.
Point of Retreat is the sequel to the very amazing Slammed. The story of Will and Lake continues in this book. This time, in Will's POV.
It was a nice change by being in Will's feet. I'd get to see Lake in his perspective--how and why he loved her--and to know him better. In Slammed, in Lake's perspective, he appeared to be the jerk guy she liked but a caring single mom-and-dad to his brother. But here in Point of Retreat, he's the guy who loved Lake for everything about her--that includes her craziness, flaws, her care about her brother and mother, her endless pumpkin-carving, her, and her alone. I liked how the author used Will's perspective this time. It made me know him better and so are the other characters. I really felt his love, respect and faithfulness for Lake.
A relationship won't work unless there are trials to test their strength and prove what they really have. Will's and Lake's relationship was tested in this book not only once. And once again, I smiled, laughed, and..cried reading this. I felt the true love between them and their joy by having each other.
Slam poem/Slamming didn't *thankfully* disappear. Though it only appear once, it was one of the BEST and my fave scene. It just made my heart swell. I also adore the new characters. It added highlight to this sparkling book. They are just so cute!
I super loved Point of Retreat. I cannot say if this is better than Slammed because both are the best. See the Favorite badge above? I rarely post that along my reviews. It is because I really, really, really loved this book. And so is the first one, Slammed.
I am now a certified fan of Colleen Hoover.
If I would write a slam poem about Will's and Lake's love for each other, it would be...
Doubt not my love for you
Because my love for you is the most real thing
Doubt not my faith for you
Because you are the only one who I truly love
Doubt not your love for me
Because if you do, then your heart musn't be lying
Doubt nothing what is between us
Because what we have is real, true and rare
We are lucky
I am lucky to have you and your love in my life.
And let me recommend you this book by using slam poem..
"I Got Slammed"
my heart stopped
It takes a while before I feel it back
Just because this wonderful love story I haven't heard
Just because I can feel the characters through my heart.
I smiled a huge smile
I laughed again
Reading this would just make me feel this way
They were just so cute and ridiculous and fun
I have them in my eyes, for the second time
It was just real and right
I can feel it from the words dancing on their way to my heart.
Point of Retreat,
I truly loved.
I am so lucky to read you in my life.
Such wonderful books.
You just make me emotional.
But it just make me like you more
And now, you are one of the best.
I can really say you are one of the best.
Dear readers, why not not read this?
Stop what you're doing and read this.
But before you read this,
make sure to read Slammed first.
I BUTTERFLYING LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!
* These slam poems are ORIGINAL. They are MINE. Any form of copying (full or part) without my permission AND my name on your credits would be considered PLAGIARISM. My slam poems may not the best or spectacular, but they are treasure, for me. I WILL know if they're are copied or shared without permission. Please respect and just support. Thank you.
"Brilliant and entertaining as SLAMMED. "Point of Retreat" is absolute poetry."