Review: Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

Publication Date: February 25th, 2012
Self-Published
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

A follow-up novel to Slammed, by Colleen Hoover.

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 book happened some months after Slammed; dust settled, they lost their mom, Will and Lake are working hand in hand to keep their little household together but NOT. They’re parents, older siblings, protectors, care-givers; sometimes, keeping a relationship intact was hard but they must do what they have to do. The clichè, “life throws you curve balls” couldn’t be any more appropriate for these two.  
Point of Retreat pretty much followed the same formula used in Slammed; beautiful prose, hilarious situations, snarky dialogues. I was almost bored to tears. Almost but not really. Heh.
I just want to say that I’ve fast become a fan of Ms. Hoover. It can’t be that easy trying to sustain the awesomeness of Slammed to this sequel. Well, she didn’t disappoint. However, I’d like to say that I cried more in Slammed than I did here. Surprising, given what ‘almost’ happened to Lake. And heck, these two almost didn’t happen!
She introduced some new characters that made this series even more of a delightful read. The opinionated 11 year old, Kristen and her mother completed their not so conventional family.
And of course, the highlight of this book is still Will’s Slam. Goshdarnit, boy. YOU OWN ME. Completely, even though your lie of omission almost did you in. What the heck were you thinking? Don’t you know anything about women at all?
And this –> “Sometimes, two people have to fall apart, to realize how much they have to fall back together.” SOBSOBSOBSOB
VERDICT: Laugh out loud funny, weep until gooey snots run down from your nose. This book took me to extremes but heck, I’ll take that ride again. Ms. Hoover, please ma’am, can we have some more?