REVIEW: POINT OF RETREAT

 

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PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 18th September 2012

 

PAGES: 302

 

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SYNOPSIS:

 

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…

 

WRITING STYLE:

 

This book is written in first person from the perspective of Will. I found it refreshing to read purely from the point-of-view of the male protagonist. I thought the writing flowed wonderfully and I always finish Colleen Hoovers books quickly because the writing is infectious and I just cannot put the book down.

 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:

 

The two protagonists (Lake and Will) have overcome so much and now we get to see them tackling roles they should not have to so young. It was great to see how these characters found themselves and lost themselves through the book.

 

THEMES:

 

Family: This is probably the most prominent theme in the entire book. The way this non-traditional family is structured and the love they have for each other is strewn though these pages.

 

Love: Familial love, love for friends and romantic love is all explored in Point of Retreat. This book simply made my heart expand with all the love that these characters had for one another.

 

Friendship: This is a contemporary book about relationships and friendship is naturally going to link in. This explores every characters interconnectedness with each other and what it means to be a friend.

 

Loss: If you have read the first book (Slammed) you know what I’m talking about. The amount of loss and grief our two main characters go through in this series so far would be overwhelming for some. I love that the writer does not sugar coat this and the emotions are real.

 

OVERALL THOUGHTS:

 

Sometimes two people have to fall apart to realise how much they need to fall back together.

I’ve been putting off reading this book for a while now because I was happy where Lake and Will were. But, of course, I was lured in by Colleen Hoover. Brace for impact.

I love these characters so much. I just knew going in that Lake and Will were going to face a rocky road ahead and I was right. This explores the life of these two young adults raising their siblings and being in love. Colleen Hoovers romance writing is honest and her couples face real issues that are extremely relatable to her readers.

I feel every single feeling going into these books from overwhelming joy to utter misery and I am the better for it. I will continue to read anything this wonderful writer puts out.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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