Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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

Title:  Point of Retreat (Slammed #2)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: February 25, 2012
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My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Goodreads summary: 

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.’



“Love is the most beautiful thing in the world.  
Unfortunately, it’s also one of the hardest things in the world
 to hold on to, and one of the easiest things to throw away.”

Point of Retreat is the second book in the Slammed series, and what makes it so incredible is the fact that we get Will’s POV, too. If I fell in love with Will Cooper in Slammed, then this book moved me from love to full-on adoration and worship. Watch out, other book boyfriends – Will is bumping some of you down the ranks.

“If I left my head out of it and followed my heart, I’d marry her today.”


“There are moments in every relationship that define
 when two people start to fall in love. 
 A first glance
A first smile
A first kiss 
A first fall”

After the emotional ending in Slammed, Point of Retreat picks up with Will and Layken adjusting to college life and taking care of their families. It’s so hard to find a moment together, but there’s no questioning their happiness over just being able to be together. With new neighbors moving in on the street – one of which happens to catch the eye of Kel – this sequel has some really heartwarming and hilarious moments.

Will:  “Are you drinking coffee?”
Kel, nodding:  “Don’t try to take it from me, either.  I’ll run.”

After one particularly eventful incident where the boys find themselves in trouble once again, Will and Layken have to be the responsible parental figures. They are forced to dish out some tough love and discipline even as they struggle not to laugh, considering the hilarity the boys provoke even when they bend the rules.

“I wonder if this is how parenting is with real parents. 
A bunch of pretending to be responsible grown-ups.”

Of course, nothing can just stay happy and peaceful for these two. Someone from Will’s past shows up and causes an inordinate amount of trouble between Will and Lake. It seems like as soon as they recover from one nightmare, another one begins.

“Sometimes things happen in life that you didn’t plan for.
 All you can do now is suck it up and start mapping out a new plan.”

The things that remain the same are the beautiful writing, the touching poetry, Layken’s mom’s amazing advice, and the poignant love between the two main characters.

“It’s worth all the aches, 
All the tears, 
The mistakes…
The heart of a man and a woman in love?
It’s worth all the pain in the world.”

Young love, trials and tribulations, familial obligations, and good friends and loved ones make this story real, as well as beautiful. An amazing second book that contains all the butterflying perfect things you want in a sequel.

“Until I met you, I didn’t know what life was.
 I had no clue that I wasn’t even alive. 
It’s like you came along and woke up my soul.”


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