Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Review: Point of Retreat

Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)
Title: Point of Retreat (Slammed #2)
Author: Colleen Hoover
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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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.’

“Sometimes two people have to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together.”

I was curious what more could happen with Layken and Will that opened the need to write another book but after reading this, I couldn’t help but see how these two needed more time (therefore more books) to make their relationship work.

Layken and Will went through a lot of stuff even before their paths met. After a recent tragedy on Layken’s life, they fell into a routine of keeping their families afloat and at the same time staying together as a couple. I can’t imagine how hard it is for them to be the adults for their siblings when they never got the chance to live their teenage lives to the fullest.

What I found unconvincing was Will’s too-good-to-be-true attitude. I know that he loves his family and Layken so much that he’s willing to do anything for them but sometimes the lines get too sappy and removes the manliness in it. There was a slight change from the Will I met in the first book and on this one. While I understand their reasons of holding back, I think the Will in this book had a lot of retreating powers compared to the Will from the first book. Maybe it’s the thrill of being in a forbidden relationship but the fire they had in the first book was kinda lost here.

Another thing that annoyed me was Layken. Sure, Layken had been through worst and had the right to sometimes act selfish and stupid but there was also a difference between the Layken in this book and in the first one. The first one was, despite being vulnerable at times, strong and a fighter. She might be stubborn but she knows how to deal with things and not act childish. In this one, I was annoyed with her during her fight with Will. I get the fact that girls have to make the guys give more effort but she just didn’t listen to Will and started to doubt everything. She was questioning his love for her when he did almost everything for her.

At the almost-end of the book came the part that crushed my heart. Seeing this side of Will as well as Kel was just heartbreaking, and I totally forgot about losing the manliness at this point. I think seeing them at their breaking point was one of the best scenes written.

This book started with curiousity and ended with it. I am curious what happens in the third and final book about these two and what more could happen between them. At this point, I am letting go of my questions and will let Hoover do the magic.

This copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.