Series: Slammed #2
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date Published: 2012-09-18
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
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.
I liked Point of Retreat as a follow up to Slammed, but I did like Slammed a lot more. I didn’t know at first that Point of Retreat would be told from Will’s POV, so that was a nice surprise. Although, now I’m not sure if I’ll be interested in reading the third book in the series since that is more of a companion book in Will’s POV as well. I didn’t like Will’s narrative as much as I liked Lake’s in Slammed. For a while I kept forgetting who was “I” because it didn’t feel like Will’s voice to me.
I struggled with the plot during the first half of the book because the fight Will and Lake had was just stupid to me. I get that she’s only 18 and that she’s insecure in their relationship because of the intense things going on in her life, but Lake really annoyed me. She acted much less mature than I would expect someone in her situation to need to act. She needs to grow up fast having to raise her brother on her own like that, so I would expect her to have gotten past some of her issues. That being said, I absolutely loved the way Will reacted and how hard her worked to prove to Lake that his feelings are real because of her, not because of their situations and what brought them together. I loved that poem so dang much!
The big shocker that came near the end of the book that threatened to tear them apart, well I wasn’t expecting that so it was definitely suspenseful, but of course we knew there would be an HEA so I knew it would work out alright. I loved Julia (Lake’s mother) in Slammed and I loved her even more here in Point of Retreat. Those stars with all the advice, and that last special star, were just perfection.
Point of Retreat is the fourth Colleen Hoover book I have read, and it is probably my least favorite, which really isn’t saying that much since it is still really great. I guess reading Hopeless first makes you a little tougher on the earlier books.