'Point of Retreat' Blog Review

Book Review: Point of Retreat

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Synopsis:

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.

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Review

Clearly I’m on a Colleen Hoover binge and I have no regrets. It’s been pretty hit or miss for me when it comes to Queen CoHo and unfortunately Point of Retreat is a miss for me. As much as I enjoyed Slammed I don’t think it needed a sequel and I don’t plan on reading the third one, although my need to finish series might make me read it.

There were definitely a lot of cute and funny moments in this book and I loved the addition of some new characters but I couldn’t get past the somewhat ridiculousness of Will having to prove his love to Layken. He definitely makes a few mistakes but I couldn’t understand why Layken didn’t trust him and how what honestly was kind of small thing turned into a really big fight.

Additionally, without spoiling it I’ll just say there’s a major event towards the end of the novel that I didn’t think was necessary. To me it just felt like Colleen just wanted another climatic event in the story so she added this in but there was really no need for it. At this point it just felt like Colleen just kept throwing curveballs at Layken and Will just to see what would happen or just to shock us. It was too much.

Overall, I still really liked Layken and Will’s relationship and chemistry, I just didn’t like the plot of this novel at all.

Stars:

3 stars

Favorite Line:

“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.”

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Book Review: Slammed

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Synopsis:

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

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Review

This is Colleen Hoover’s first novel and I loved it just as much as her other ones. I’d still say Maybe Someday is my all time favorite but Slammed was still really good. I didn’t plan on reading this book this month (it was not on my TBR) but I couldn’t bring a book with me when I was going out the other night so I decided to bring my Kindle and I ended up diving into Slammed. Unlike all the other CoHo books I’ve read (except Maybe Not, but that’s a novella) this book is told in one point of view: Layken’s.

I really liked Layken and sympathized with her, and Will, a lot. They both have pretty tragic lives but somehow are able to push past that and find happiness with each other anyway. Until things get complicated of course. Their complicated relationship is one of my favorite tropes and I was excited when I realized that’s where CoHo was going with this. CoHo wrote this plot very well and I couldn’t help but root for Layken and Will to find a way to be with each other. And the tension between these two was absolutely amazing. I just wanted to shove them together and say, “Just kiss already!” So good!

Overall, I wouldn’t say this is the best CoHo book ever but it’s definitely a great debut novel and I already requested the sequel from the library. Although the ending of this book was pretty solid and you definitely don’t need to read the next two books, I for one definitely want to know what happens next. I can’t wait!

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“Push your boundaries, that’s what they’re there for.”

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