Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover ~ Review

Book Description:

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

Every once in a while a series comes along that will touch you to the depths of your soul and you will connect with that story and the characters on such an emotional level.....that's what Slammed and Point of Retreat did to me. First off, I felt like Colleen was telling my story, that's how much I related to Layken. I may not have had quite the amount of tragedy in my life that Layken had, but pretty darn close. Second, I really was in a reading slump when I started this series, I read so many books and I feel like I am reading a repeat of the same story over and over again.  Slammed and Point of Retreat where fresh and exciting, a breath of fresh air! 5 stars

POR starts off almost exactly were Slammed left off (with a few updates) but this time Will is the narrator. Will and Lake are such an amazing couple and so in love, and even though life has not been easy for them, they are dealing with the unfortunate tragedies that have happened to their loved ones and taking care of their responsibilities and figuring out how to live life daily as a family. Like all good things, you know that something will ultimately happen to pull the couple apart and upset the balance of the future they are trying to create together.

When Will decided that it would be best to not let Lake know that his ex-girlfriend Vaughn was taking one of his college classes with him, because he didn't want to worry her and thought he was protecting Lake, things went bad. Lake finds out about Vaughn just when her and Will are getting ready to spend an amazing weekend alone for the first time in forever.  As soon as Lake finds out, Lake pushes Will away again and again, despite all of his efforts to make their relationship work. Lake goes back to "carving pumpkins" and Will is desperate and determined to make Lake see that even though their situation is what brought them together and one of the reasons why he loves her, he really does want to be with her. Luckily during this time, even though Julia, Lake's mother is not there physically she has made a vase full of origami stars containing words of advise for Will and Lake to pull out on days when things get difficult, so at least they have some advice during this difficult time of being apart. Then right on the heels of reconciliation, tragedy strikes this young couple once again and they are left wondering if things will ever be the same.

"Sometimes two people have to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together."

I Butterflying love this series, definitely one of my favorites ever! The writing is original and flawless, the character and secondary characters are all great and likable, and the Slams are heartfelt and emotional....just a simply amazing beautiful love story.  Thank you Colleen for re-igniting my passion for reading and reviewing!

*Review by Brandi 

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