Thursday, July 25, 2013

Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover ~ Review

Source:  Purchased the audiobook

Book Description:

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.’

My Thoughts:

5 stars - I butterfylying loved this book!

Yeah, you won't get the butterfly comment unless you've read the book.  But it's true.  And it brings me to my first point about this book.  Things are different in this world that Colleen Hoover creates.  Yeah, it's a normal neighborhood and you'd think that people here where pretty much like they are everywhere but it's not so.  No paranormal stuff - just quirkiness.  These peeps use butterfly to mean something besides the pretty insect.  These peeps carve pumpkins when they are avoiding conversations.  These peeps have sucks and sweet as a dinner tradition.  These peeps slam poems to express their feelings.  These peeps have garden gnomes, slippers, stars, and chocolate milk on the rocks that fuel their love. These peeps conspire with eleven year olds to find answers to their problems.  These peeps are unconventional parents that find pride when their kids do the wrong thing but for the right reason.  These are my kinda peeps.

I read it in a day.  How could anyone not?  Once you start this book, it demands to be read.  It's emotional and sad but I loved every minute of it.  I wanted to scream and cry at the same time.  This experience is why I'm taking a step back and reading books I've missed along the way.  There are so many and I'll never read them all but some scream to be read and this is one of them.

I had already loved Layken and Will but fell even harder for Will this time.  This book is from Will's POV so I got to know him better.  It was incredible being inside his head.  His feeling for Layken are strong and he's determined to prove them to her.  She was a little stubborn in this book and I wanted to scream at her a few times.  But no two people belonged more together than these two did.  I just held on for the ride, cheering them on as I went.

I love Gaven and Eddie.  It was interesting the part they played in this story.  Gaven was so much in love in the first book that I never really thought much about them.  In this book, we got to know them a little better - or maybe we got to know Gaven a little better.  Their sweet story was woven between the pages as well and I enjoyed that.

Let me also make a comment about the narrator for this book since I listened to it.  This book is from Will's POV so it was a guy reading the book.  That's fine.  This guy, however, rushed it.  Pauses didn't happen at periods and commas.  It made the experience less enjoyable.  I was also so spoiled with the poetry reading in the first book.  That narrator did such an amazing job that I don't think anyone else wasn't gonna do for me.  I was right.

If you have read Slammed, then this one needs to be next for sure.  If you have read any Colleen Hoover, then this series needs to be next.  If you haven't read her books yet, you need to fix that soon.  Brilliantly woven with unexpected twists make her books so emotional and satisfying.  It's a YA series but any age will enjoy it.  And that's the butterflying truth.

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  1. I am so glad you loved this book. These books hold a special place in my heart and I loved getting inside Will's head. This book is so perfect and gave me so many new words... like butterflying. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  2. This is one of my favorites as well. The characters are unbelievably well-written, and I'm pretty sure that if there was a "best supporting actress" category in books, Kiersten would win it. That girl had me rolling on the floor laughing! And yeah, I want to live on that quirky street too....just makes me smile thinking about it. Thanks for the great reminder....:o)))

  3. Perfect. Absolutely perfect. So glad you're loving Colleen's books!

  4. I haven't read anything by Colleen yet but I have Slammed on my Kindle.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  5. I so freakingly butterflying agree with every single thing you said!!!

    I love Colleen's writing. I hadn't read a life changing book ever since I read If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Dark Song by Gail Giles but Slammed and Point of Retreat, I can't even describe what my mind and soul and heart and body and just all me in general felt while and after reading this book.

    I definitely am not the same person after reading her books.

    Alba#LatinaStalker @ BookPics

  6. YES! So butterflying awesome. This one made me cry which is a very hard thing to do. The Butterfly You peom got to me. LOOOOOOOVE this book!

  7. I am not big on poetry stuff, but these books sound really great. I think I will have to get to them soon. Great review Val!!

  8. I really, really need to get started on this series. Great review, Pal!