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Point of Retreat Paperback – 1 Jan 2012
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"Brilliant and entertaining as SLAMMED. "Point of Retreat" is absolute poetry." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Colleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels: her first series SLAMMED, POINT OF RETREAT and THIS GIRL and a second series with HOPELESS and LOSING HOPE. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Follow her on Twitter @colleenhoover and on Facebook.
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Point of Retreat picks up a few months after the end of Slammed, and we see our main characters try to settle into domestic life at a young age – settle into their new relationship, into their new roles as quasi-parents, and into general grown-up life. The story obviously has to have conflict, it wouldn’t be a Hoover book if it didn’t break our hearts, but it was so excellently done. There were a couple of elements in this book that I particularly loved, such as the vase of star-shaped notes, and the addition of child-character Kristen – she is a hilarious genius.
Even though Lake could, at times, come across as too stubborn or immature, I have to say that it does feel realistic given her circumstances, and there’s something about her stubborn nature that comes across more like a feisty strength to me. After a while though, given the storyline of the book, I did want to knock some sense into her, but she got there eventually.
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One of the initial shocks this book gave me was the point of view switch. Slammed was told from the first person point of view of Layken. Point of Retreat is told by Will. This took me a chapter or two to get used to and I wasn't sure if I wanted to accept this. I was so used to hearing Layken talk that reading a story from Will felt wrong. I'm glad I opened up to him though. There's no way this story would have been as successful if Layken were telling it.
It also helped having Will's side of the relationship. He is the "more adult" of the group but seeing his struggles and imperfections makes his character more relatable and likable. Aside from his strange outbursts in Slammed I saw him as almost too perfect. But he's far from it, and like Layken and everyone else, he's also struggling to keep it together.
Hoover seems to have mastered the art of blindsiding the reader with many unexpected events. A few plot twists in Point of Retreat are no exception. I can't tell what they are, but something MAJOR happens in the second half of the book that, although there is some foreshadowing a few sentences beforehand, I would not have guessed would happen. This is just after something great happens. So what better time to throw a curve ball? There is none, I tell you.
Basically if you've read/loved Slammed, I suggest you continue the story and read Point of Retreat. I don't think a fan would be disappointed. If you read the first book and didn't love it completely, maybe Point of Retreat will still be to your enjoyment, maybe even more than Slammed.
Whatever you do, I do think both of these books are worth a read. The series is butterflying great! (If you don't understand that, you obviously haven't met Kiersten)
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