Monday, July 15, 2013

Review: Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

Title: Point of Retreat (Slammed #2)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: February 25th 2012
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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.’
This review contains no spoilers for the series. You're free to read without fear of spoiling all the amazingness that is Colleen Hoover's Slammed series :-)

My true love story (lol) with Ms. Colleen Hoover started with this very same book. It is one of the most magnificent, brilliant, gorgeous, sob-my-eyes-and-heart-out books that I have ever come across. What else is there to say? Nothing. However, this isn’t much of a review if I just leave it at that so I’ll count down all the little things I adored in this book even when reading it the 4th time. That’s right. So here we go!

“If I were a carpenter, I would build you a window to my soul. But I would leave that window shut and locked, so that every time you tried to look through it all you would see is your own reflection. You would see that my soul is a reflection of you.”

Whereas the first book was from Layken’s point of view, this time we will see things through Will’s eyes. We get some of his thoughts on what happened in Slammed, but mostly it’s a new story following the events of what happened in Slammed. Point of Retreat has given me more tears than any other book I’ve read before. It’s filled with immensely powerful emotional scenes – especially the hospital ones.

With this novel I truly realized how much Lake, Will and the rest of the co has had to grow up throughout the past year. I wouldn’t wish that much hurt and heartache to anyone. The amount of loved ones these kids have lost has marked and scarred them forever, but they still live on while loving, caring, supporting each other. So what did I love so much about this one? I’ll tell you what: slams, characters, story, growth, fights, laughs, sucks and sweets – absolutely everything. There wasn’t a thing I didn’t love.

With all that said, Point of Retreat is without doubt one of the best contemporaries I have ever read. This series is just so original and unique and I am in love with its characters, story and meaning. Every single line in this book is quotable and butterfyling perfect! I have said it a thousand times and I’ll say it again: if you haven’t read this series, please pick it up and give it a chance. It may very well happen that it’ll rock your world (multiple times) as it did mine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars with a badge of brilliance on top of that

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  1. Your reviews of Colleen's books make me want to drop all the books I currently have and go back to reading these, Siiri! I loved Point of Retreat as much as I loved the first book. I completely agree with you. The characters in this book really grew from the first one. I was pretty much a mess by the time I finished. This series will always be at the top of my favorite contemps for sure!
    Lovely review, Siiri! :)

  2. Oh wow, the best contemporaries, I def need to get my hands on this one

  3. DAMMIT SIIRI!!! Stop reviewing Colleen Hoover books, you make me want to read them IMMEDIATELY! I know I need to, clearly she's an amazing author and I'm missing out hugely. I fail. I've got Slammed on my list, so I promise you right now I will get to it and then I'll devour this one. Can't wait to meet Will and Layken!

    1. ^-- What she said.

      Also the summary makes me laugh because I have no idea what carving pumpkins means in terms of their relationship, but it's still somehow so charming :).

      The fourth time? Meep.
      Slammed, here I come...

  4. I have this entire series in print and ebook, and still haven't read them. Sad, right?! I agree with Nick, you always make me wsnt to drop the book I'm reading. Amazing review!

  5. Oh, I cried lots when reading this too, Siiri! It left such an emotional impact! Lovely review! :)

  6. GAH! Is this the new cover for this one? I like it! Male featuring covers FTW. I really need to read this series, Hopeless didn't work very well for me but I think this one will.

  7. Goodness, that cover is gorgeous. My copy has the old one. I LOVE Will so much. You're so right about the sob-my-eyes-out part. But Colleen hoover is just BRILLIANT at combining a heart breaking story with heart melting romance to balance it all out. SLAMMED was my favorite of this series, but I love this one so much too. And YES to this: "Every single line in this book is quotable and butterfyling perfect!" Now you get to read THIS GIRL.

  8. Gawds I so need to read this series! I loved Hopeless so much I have to read more by this author! I also loved that every book is its own POV! So happy this sequel didn't disappoint - I wasn't expecting it to knowing who wrote it, though! Fab review, dollface!