Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)” as Want to Read:
Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Point of Retreat

(Slammed #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  162,996 ratings  ·  9,922 reviews
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
Paperback, 300 pages
Published February 25th 2012 by CreateSpace
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Point of Retreat, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.24  · 
Rating details
 ·  162,996 ratings  ·  9,922 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)
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 me
Aestas Book Blog

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
S.C. Stephens
May 03, 2012 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
5 stars

 photo C6825B18-B4E8-407E-A350-3214380707C1_zpsgewjqmrk.png

I have been in the biggest Avett Brothers mood all of March and after listening to them non-stop on Spotify, all I wanted to do was re-read the ‘Slammed’ series. I forgot how much I love these books. Point of Retreat is the second book and the continuation of Laken and Will’s story and I loved this one so much because it’s told from Will’s POV.

Laken and Will have a new normal now. They’ve been in a relationship for about a year and each have custody of their brothers. Laken is in co
Bakshree Mishra
Nov 04, 2012 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 so
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ive always had the opinion that romances should always be standalones, but i really enjoyed this sequel. is it necessary? no, but im not complaining. lol.

i like the transition to wills POV, as i wasnt the biggest fan of layken as a character in ‘slammed’ (although her immaturity still definitely shows in this). so i like the fact that will has the focus in this story.

i also really appreciate that his POV gave me some much needed insight as to why he even likes layken, which is something i was
4 1/2 to 5 Stars!

Loved it! description

Why on earth did it take me so long to read this series. I love all three books, but this one is my favorite.
Jan 11, 2013 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 hi
Apr 18, 2012 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
Kristin (KC)
Happy to finally be in the Butterflying club!

Point of Retreat, aptly named such for various reasons, is a good 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 enjoyed getting the chanc
Pearl Angeli
3 Stars


Maybe my experience with this book and this series would have been a lot better if I've read them as soon as they came out. I found CoHo's writing non-satisfying compared to her other books which came out later, like Ugly Love and Confess.

While Point of Retreat offered life lessons and so much more, I found the story lacking substance. The plotline was less intense and there wasn't even a big, remarkable twist. Don't blame me. All CoHo's books have
Jan 25, 2015 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
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
Feb 05, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay so the ex did NOT need this comeback but I loved seeing Lake and Will work together as a family post the ending of book one.

This book definitely shows the struggles of relationships which I loved and the new characters that were introduced were funny and made the book better
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
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
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Point of Retreat (Slammed #2), Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover (Margaret Colleen Fennell) self-published Point of Retreat, the sequel to Slammed, in February 2012. How far does Will have to go to prove to Layken his love for her will last forever? It will require something truly extraordinary to keep this couple together, and the decisions they make and the answers they find will change not only their lives, but the lives of everyone around them.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سوم ماه نوامبر سال 2018 میلاد

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 amaz
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

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, dail
Aug 26, 2012 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
“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!!

It´s not like me to give a high rating* to these kinds of books, since i love angst. I mean I really, really
Jul 20, 2012 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!
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.

throw computer Pictures, Images and Photos
Me after realising I could not read any other Colleen Hoover books very soon.
Shaikha Alahmad
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I love it when she wears her hair down. I also love it when she wears it up. In fact, I don't think she's ever worn it in a way that made me not love it."

I might have done my heart permanent damage by reading this. My emotions are a mess and my little feelings have been trampled upon beyond recognition. Basically, your typical Colleen Hoover aftermath.

I love that Point of Retreat was told from Will's POV. I wasn't aware of the switch in POV (from Slammed) before starting the book and it was
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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
This is better than the first book. It's great to read how Lake and Will's story continues in Will's POV. Such a sweet guy this Will, I keep refraining my eyes from rolling so much because of his perfection. Lol.

How the two manage to maintain their relationship despite their roles and responsibilities is the main plot of the story. But what I love best is the relationship of all the characters, Will and Layken with their respective siblings, Caulder and Kel including the couple's best friends, G
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first stared reading Point of Retreat I didn't want to. I was too afraid that Colleen would do what she always does and have me sobbing like a baby. So I put it off for about two weeks, but at last I caved and picked it up.

"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.”

When I started read
Feb 28, 2013 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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Shekhar Kapur's Devi - Vol. 1
  • Every Summer After
  • Archer's Voice
  • Love and Other Words
  • Things We Never Got Over (Knockemout, #1)
  • Twisted Love (Twisted, #1)
  • Good Girl Complex
  • Hook, Line, and Sinker (Bellinger Sisters, #2)
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)
  • One True Loves
  • It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)
  • Book Lovers
  • It Happened One Summer (Bellinger Sisters, #1)
  • We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)
  • The Love Hypothesis
  • A Thousand Boy Kisses
  • Twisted Games (Twisted, #2)
  • Crash (Crash, #1)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
International and #1 New York Times bestselling author of romance, YA, thriller, women's fiction and paranormal romance.

I don't like to be confined to one genre. If you put me in a box, I'll claw my way out.

My social media username is @colleenhoover pretty much everywhere except my email, which is

Founder of charity and Book Bonanza.

Other books in the series

Slammed (3 books)
  • Slammed (Slammed, #1)
  • This Girl (Slammed, #3)

Related Articles

  If you've been paying attention to BookTok and bestseller charts, then you'll know author Colleen Hoover is having quite the day in the...
97 likes · 18 comments
“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.” 1123 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.”
More quotes…