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Point of Retreat (Slammed #2)

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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 ‘c
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published February 25th 2012
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Aestas Book Blog
Aug 02, 2012 Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Aestas Book Blog by: Maryse

WOW this was the perfect sequel to Slammed! 6 stars!! I LOVED IT!! An absolute MUST read! A butterflying amazing book!!!

This series is definitely going on my favorites pile. I finished reading it with my cheeks wet with happy tears. But boy is this book intense !! It had me laughing and crying, it made my heart race and I swear it stopped beating all together for several chapters. Just like with the first book, I love how absolutely none of the characters make stupid decisions or did stupid t
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Ohhhh boy I'm steamed, I'm really steamed here... I'm all worked up about how much I hated this book. Somebody talk me down from this rant I'm about to deliver... RANT ENSUING.

I am going to start by saying that I know Colleen Hoover is capable of writing very wonderful books. I loved Hopeless and Slammed so I had no reason to suspect that this book would be taking the fast train to suck-ville. However, I'm in suck-ville and I am hating it here.

Also, everyone else seems to LOVE this book. I mea
S.C. Stephens
Jul 09, 2012 S.C. Stephens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will Cooper. I’m pretty sure I’m head over heels in love with this man. Sigh, if only everyone could be loved as much as Will loves Layken. He truly is something else, and I love that this story was told through his eyes. I found Lake incredibly frustrating in this one, as did Will on occasion, and wanted to shake some sense into her more than once, but how it all wrapped up and tied together in the end was beautiful and breathtaking. This is such an excellent story, with so many wonderful chara ...more
May 08, 2013 kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“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.”

“Sometimes things happen in life that you didn't plan for. All you can do is suck it up and start mapping out a new plan.”

After her (view spoiler) Lake and Will are trying to arrange their lives and live like normal people.We can see that Will is still nervous on his dates and that makes him
Bakshree Mishra
Nov 04, 2012 Bakshree Mishra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favs
I loved it I loved it
I butterflying loved it
Not just because I hoped to
Not just because I wanted to
BUT because it was life
And in the end it is all there is.

I loved it because it had will
I loved it because it had Will
And Lake
And Gavin and Eddie
Because sometimes friends make up family
Because friends make up life
And in the end it is all there is.

I loved it because it had will
I loved it because it had Will
And his POV
I got to know him even more
I got to love him ever more.
You know when you meet some
Kat Stark

First Book: Slammed

I give one star to the first half, and 3 stars to the second. Still this one was "meh" for my taste.

The first half of the book was just plain terrible. I'm sorry, but the whole ex-girlfriend coming into play and the whole drama there, was a big huge MEEEEEEEEEEEH for me. Too much unnecessary drama, same for the whole first time sex feels. I mean if you love someone and it happens, then it happens. I really think people make it seem like such a big deal when it's not. My first
Kristin (KC)
AMAZING!! And happy to finally be in the Butterflying club!

Point of Retreat, aptly named such for various reasons, is an incredible follow-up to Slammed! Where the first book moved me with its remarkable inspiration, Point of Retreat touched me with its tender love story. The characters are again faced with difficult trials and obstacles to overcome...and I will say that the slams continue, in every sense of the word.

This sequel makes a smooth transition into Will's perspective, and I truly en
May 02, 2012 Arlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating Clarification: More than 10 stars...


And all around my memories, you dance.

Colleen Hoover has done it again. She’s managed to steal my concentration captive and render me worthless until I read her story of Layken and Will in Point of Retreat from eCover to eCover. This book was the perfect sequel to Slammed that left me in that contemplative zone just thinking about the story and the characters and finding myself unwilling to let go. Doesn’t happen often, but it s
Jan 14, 2015 Regan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Annie Brewer

Seriously, I want to beat myself to a bloody pulp, poke my eyes out, jump out a window...whatever. I can't believe I waited so long to read these. What the hell???

Colleen Hoover, where you been all my life???


Seriously people.....seriously. I am just speechless. I LOVED THIS BOOK SOOOOO MUCH! Now I know a lot of people loved Slammed more and honestly, I think I loved this one more. I'm in the minority and it's okay. I'm just different so it's all good. But really, being in Wi
Kate ♡
Sep 27, 2015 Kate ♡ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
Actual Rating: 4.85/5 Stars

What a crazy, crazy ride this book was!
Colleen Hoover really knows how to mess with our emotions, and have us wanting to cry and laugh at the same time.
This woman really is a literary genius.

I loved this book! Especially when part 2 hit, oh my gosh, that was insane, and so scary!!!
I couldn't have asked for a more satisfying and beautiful ending for all of these amazing characters in this particular book, because the characters are one
Dec 28, 2015 Jonnie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 34% and spoilers awl over the damn show.


I am pissed.

I always turn to CoHo when I'm looking for a little extra cheese on my pizza; some of her books are good like that. Maybe Someday is one of my favorite NA reads, and Finding Cinderella has Six, but man, I hated this book. Slammed was tolerable. This was not.

This book was beyond pissing highlighting. I was so bored, it had way too much of an angsty YA feel and holy shit I am tired of immature heroines. What attracted me to Slammed (th

What Glass thought about it...

I am going to be most wanted on the hate list of all fangirls out there because of what I'm about to write.

Point of Retreat was completely unnecessary book.

I believe that it would be better if Colleen Hoover left Will's and Lake's story as it was in Slammed. This was just using success she had with her first novel. Of course that everyone who read Slammed will want to see what's going to happen in Point of Retreat. (If I read once more "This was butterflying amazi
Georgia Cruz
"Sometimes two people need to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together."

10++++ inifinite stars

A butterflying bemazing story ever! I cant believe I cried, laughed, giggled, squirmed, and swooned so many times in every possible way! It's definitely an emotional rollercoaster ride. This is my sweet. I love you Colleen Hoover and I butterflying swear to please have a third book cause I'm dying for more Will and Lay

Life is the one thing is this world that you can never fully prepare for. Never truly know what can happen from today until tomorrow.
One day everything seems to be as it should be, the next? Everything is falling apart.
How are we supposed to cope with the shit that is thrown our way? How are we supposed to smile and act when the worst seems to have happened?
The loss of a family member, the relationship lost between friends, the loss of your income? Daily struggles that we face, daily
So much hatred for this book.

Perhaps I will write a more comprehensive explanation of my rage at a later date, but for now I will say this:

When Will and Lake's relationship is tested (in a totally contrived way I might add), Lake - after giving him the silent treatment for a few days - tells him that she just needs time to think about their relationship.
Now i get that if you're on the receiving end of that statement, that can sound pretty scary. But Will goes so over the line to stalkerific that
Aug 04, 2016 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Natalie by: Britney
Shelves: 4-stars
“So I'm not about to apologize for loving all these things about you, no matter the reasons or the circumstances behind them.

And no, I don't need days , or weeks , or months to think about why I love you.

It's an easy answer for me.

I love you because of you.

Because of




about you"

Point of Retreat was so butterflying beautiful and amazing.
It made me so butterflying happy!!

Its not like me to give a high rating to these kinds of books, since i love angst. I mean I really, really l
Clarifina ~Books Are My Drugs~
Ok, where do I start? Hmm, I NEED ANOTHER COLLEEN HOOVER BOOK NOW! There, that seems like an appropriate way to describe my feelings. After finishing Point of Retreat, I immediately came online to to check if there were any other books written by Colleen Hoover which I could read. Turns out, her next book is only coming out in 2013. What. The. Hell? I can't wait that long! I didn't want to believe it.

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Me after realising I could not read any other Colleen Hoover books very soon.

Jul 20, 2012 Simone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Butterflying Fantastic!
Loved reading the story through Will's eyes
I've not cried in a long time but I could't help it ...
And I could not help laughing from the gut, which is very embarrassing when out in public
So creative and stupidly smart
Girls of Goodreads, don't leave this on the 'to be read' pile for long ... you'll slap yourself if you do.

Rove use to ask the qn: who would you turn gay for?
Thats easy: You, Colleen. You!
Eleni Ouzouni
Nov 14, 2015 Eleni Ouzouni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Sometimes things happen in life that you didn’t plan for. All you can do is suck it up and start mapping out a new plan.”

To Point of Retreat είναι η συνέχεια της ιστορίας του Slammed. Αυτήν την φορά αφηγητής μας είναι ο Will κάνοντας έτσι την ιστορία βαθύτερη και τον τρόπο που βλέπουμε την Lake διαφορετικό. Η αλήθεια είναι πως ολοκληρώνοντας την ανάγνωση του πρώτου βιβλίου δεν ήξερα τι να περιμένω από το δεύτερο αφού η Collen Hoover μας είχε δώσει ένα όμορφο και ολοκληρωμένο κλείσιμο.

Sep 11, 2012 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars.

{This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}

Despite that Colleen Hoover's Slammed was a frustrating read, there was a part of me that found it strangely readable and enjoyable. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for its wholly unnecessary sequel, Point of Retreat.

Point of Retreat picks up where Slammed left off. Frankly, I was surprised to learn that there was a sequel, since the original novel ties up most of the loose ends and put the characters on a path tow
I've learned something about my heart.

It can break.
It can be ripped apart.
It can harden and freeze.
It can stop. Completely.
It can shatter into million of pieces.
It can explode.
It can die.

The only thing that made it start beating again?

The moment you opened your eyes.

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WOW!! After reading this last night, i can still feel the emotional attachment for Will & Lake. Half of it was sweet, and half sucks (but not a bad sucks, a little lesser)

Sucks because the emotional dr
Well, this was butterflying good!

I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed this more than Slammed. I didn't read this right away after I finished Slammed because when I read the blurb I thought it would be more dramatic and frustrating. But boy, was I wrong! Because it was actually a hell lot of fun! Although, yes, there were those stressing and dramatic parts, but I also did get a lot of laughs in this one. Which I wasn't really expecting at all. I was really glad I didn't put off this book for
It was BUTTERFLYING fantastic! I loved the new poetry slams in this book. I loved Will's swoon worthy slam to Lake called Because of You. I loved Kiersten's powerful slam that helps her to stand up to school bullies. I loved Caulder's heart warming slam to his brother Will. I love how Lake, Will, Kel and Caulder make a family unit and how they adopt in Gavin, Eddie, Sherry and Kiersten, proof that blood doesn't always make up family. And what a beautiful family they all make up together. I LOVED ...more
Jun 22, 2015 Angigames rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Mamma mia la Hoover! MAMMA MIA LA HOOVER!
Con lei devo sempre tenere una scorta extra di fazzoletti, perché è SICURO che con lei in un modo o nell’altro saranno lacrime.
Lacrime di gioia, di perfezione o di angoscia allo stato puro, non importa. Con lei la gola si chiude. Il cuore fa male per le parole stupende che usa, per la sua delicatezza che rende speciale un racconto che, se fosse stato gestito da altre autrici sarebbe, molto probabilmente, scivolato nel volgare, nella non emozione.
E per
Lina Lovegood
May 09, 2016 Lina Lovegood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein guter zweiter Band, aber leider konnte er mich nicht ganz so mitreißen wie der erste Teil.
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler Free Review
Genre: YA Romance
I own a SIGNED COPY!!!!

"There are moments in every relationship that define when two people start to fall in love.
A first glance
A first smile
A first kiss
A first fall..."
-Will in Point of Retreat

There are rare times when an author introduces you to a set of characters that you know will stick with you forever. For me this is one of those rare times.

In Point Of Retreat Lake and Will are together and raising their brothers to the best of their ability. Bu
Oct 19, 2015 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodreads does not have enough stars to rate this book properly. Five stars are not enough for this book. Just not enough.

“I brush her hair out of her eyes and run my finger along the edge of her face. "I love you, Lake."
"Say it again," she says.
I kiss her forehead and repeat what I said. "I love you, Lake."
"One more time."
"I." I kiss her lips. "And love." I kiss them again. "And you."
"I love you, too.”

Nothing is easy for Lake and Will in this book. I mean it- nothing. Firstly, there is the
Hannah (bookwormstalk)
Point of Retreat was butterflying incredible!

It takes the award for most tears cried in so little chapters. I can safely say that this book doubled the tears cried in Slammed, but for different reasons. I don't even know where to was insightful and I was so happy to be in Will's head. We got WAY more slams this time around and those are always my favorite.

I don't want their story to be over. I'm gonna go carve pumpkins now.

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“If I were a carpenter, I would build you a window to my soul. But I would leave that window shut and locked, so that every time you tried to look through it all you would see is your own reflection. You would see that my soul is a reflection of you.” 1019 likes
What a beautiful word
What a delicate creature.
Delicate like the cruel words that flow right out of your mouths and the food that flies right out of your hands…
Does it make you feel better?
Does it make you feel good ?
Does picking on a girl make you more of a man?
Well, I’m standing up for myself
Like I should have done before
I’m not putting up with your Butterfly anymore."
(Kiersten slides the sack off her wrist and opens it, pulling out a handful of hand-made butterflies. She takes the microphone out of the stand and begins walking down the stairs as she continues speaking.)
“I’d like to extend to others what others have extended to me.”
(She walks up to Mrs. Brill first and holds out a butterfly)
“Butterfly you, Mrs. Brill.”
(Mrs. Brill smiles at her and takes the butterfly out of her hands. Lake laughs out loud and I have to nudge her to get her to be quiet. Kiersten walks around the room, passing out butterflies to several of the students, including the three from the lunchroom.)
“Butterfly you, Mark.
Butterfly you, Brendan.
Butterfly you, Colby.”
(When she finishes passing out the butterflies, she walks back onto the stage and places the microphone back into the stand.)
“I have one thing to say to you
And I’m not referring to the bullies
Or the ones they pursue.
I’m referring to those of you that just stand by
The ones who don’t take up for those of us that cry
Those of you who just…turn a blind eye.
After all it’s not you it’s happening to
You aren’t the one being bullied
And you aren’t the one being rude
It isn’t your hand that’s throwing the food
But…it is your mouth not speaking up
It is your feet not taking a stand
It is your arm not lending a hand
It is your heart
Not giving a damn.
So take up for yourself
Take up for your friends
I challenge you to be someone
Who doesn’t give in.
Don’t give in.
Don’t let them win.”
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