“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.”
Layken and Will have managed to overcome the obstacles that threatened to destroy their love, proving that they are destined for one another. What they are about to learn, however, is that the things that have brought them together may be the very things that ruin their connection forever…
Layken is left second-guessing the relationship whilst Will is jumping over hurdles to prove his love for her. What the young lovers discover about themselves along this journey may change their entire world and the lives of those who depend upon them the most.
I’ve been reading and rereading this book for quite sometime and somehow it gets better and better everytime. The first copy I read is an eGalley version from NetGalley, the second is a printed copy I acquired by trading my brand new hardbound copy of Poison Princess to Chyna. I haven’t read Poison Princess yet, but I’m sure I get more than a fair trade for having my copy of Point of Retreat. Just like the first book, Slammed I was taken by Will and Lake story by the heart.
After the incident that happened in the previous book, Slammed, Will and Lake are now left with the responsibilities of taking two kids, Coulder and Kel. They also have to finished their studies, and of course maneuver other life’s things such us their relationships and their other everyday responsibilities. Being together everyday pushed them to bond more, and made their relationship continue to grow stronger each day. It’s like they already living a happy and contented life. Until Will’s ex-girlfriend, Vaughn came to the picture and challenge Will and Lake relationship. Do Will and Lake really love each others, or they are just together because of the circumstances that makes their lives collide?
Point of Retreat is one proof that Colleen Hoover can really create an amazing, realistic and touching characters. Will and Lake are both portrayed to touch the reader’s heart with their realistic story full of heavy and raw emotions. Now told from Will’s point view, Point of Retreat give us easy access to Will’s inner thoughts and feelings. Using Will’s letters or diary entries as opening before each chapters, we can easily get connected to him as he pour his thoughts, emotions and soul. One of his letter address to Kel, the one he wrote during the times when they don’t know yet what will happen to Lake is so touching. I still get teary eyed reading it for the nth times. It holds so much promise and love. If I am Kel and would be able to read that one letter, I would feel more than gratitude and hope. It is like Will is giving Kel his entire life just like what he did for Caulder.
Layken grow considerably well too. Though she had her own insecurities and doubts, it is not annoying to read. Considering her situations and her past, what she did in every situations were both understandable and believable. And in return gave Will a chance to prove his love to Lake, which I think done very well. I understand how it’s so easy for Will to make his choices and how easy for him to prove his love, because when a man as young as him forced to grow up fast due to all the responsibilities in his hands, it makes it easier for him to find out what is the most important in his life.
The poems the Colleen Hoover presented in here were powerful and moving, they were even better than those poems she included in the first book, Slammed. In here, I like the one made by Caulder, entitled ‘Suck and Sweet’, because it simply shows that even an eleven year old kid can experience raw emotions and understand life as it happens. There so much sadness, gratitude, and love attached to each lines in that poem. If I am Will, I will surely feel loved after hearing those lines from my younger brother. It’s like getting a hug, feeling loved, and appreciated all at the same time.
Most of the characters in here were likeable, even those you are not supposed to like, such as Vaughn. I’m not sure if I’m the only who actually like her, but I honestly can’t hate the girl even technically she did something not good in Will and Lake’s relationship. Despite of that I feel sorry for her, because somehow I think she was just used as one of the plot devices, someone to add drama to Will and Lake’s already dramatic life.
The others who were closely related to Will and Lake bring so much in the story as they are all true to life. Kel and Caulder like in the first book, provides light moments and comic relief which lighten the mood of Will and Lake dramatic and heavy life. Eddie and Gavin provides easy and beautiful relationship to Lake and Will which shows another angle of Will and Lake characters. Even Kiersten larger than life persona give uniqueness to the story. These characters were all ‘butterflying’ beautiful. They are all part of Lake and Will, they contribute something that make these two main characters what they are.
Just like the first book, Slammed, Point of Retreat reminds us that life happens and we have to deal with it at some of point. It also shows that love is something you do and not something that just happen to you. It is not about just feelings, mutual understanding, or being together, but it is about working on things, bonding, and growing together.
“Sometimes things happen in life that you didn’t plan for. All you can do ow is suck it up and start mapping out a new plan.”
Overall, Colleen Hoover weaves an unforgettable tale of love that is both inspiring and beautiful. With its realistic plot, raw and palpable emotions of the characters, and inspiring messages, Point of Retreat will surely leaves impact to its readers. So be warned, once you pick up and start this book there’s no retreating.
Point of Retreat is ‘butterflying’ beautiful!