Book Review: Point of Retreat

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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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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.


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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