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Beyond the Point

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  483 ratings  ·  114 reviews
"An inspiring tribute to female friendship and female courage!"--Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress.

Three women are brought together in an enthralling story of friendship, heartbreak, and resilience. Set at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, this is an amazing debut novel.

Duty. Honor. Country. That’s West Point’s mott
Paperback, 528 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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by Etaf Rum

When you run a bookstagram account, you read so many books. Sometimes I lose count of how many I’m reading at once. Sometimes I focus on a single book and don’t come up for air until I am done. That’s what happened with Beyond the Point. When I started reading it, I had no idea just how much it would pull at my heartstrings.

Gibson tells the story of three women—Dani, Hannah, and Avery—over the span of seven years, from the sunset of their high school years to the dawn of
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beyond the Point

A poignant and enthralling story of the friendship of three West Point female graduates.


At the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, three women bond on a basketball court in a story of friendship, heartbreak, and resilience.

Dani McNalley is going places. With athletic talent and a brilliant mind, she navigates West Point’s predominantly male environment with wit and confidence, breaking stereotypes and embracing new friends.  Hannah Speer’s grandfather, a legendary A
Kate Quinn
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read for a cover quote, and will definitely be giving one!

Updated with my quote:

In BEYOND THE POINT, Claire Gibson writes a stellar trio of heroines--women I want to hug, women I want to befriend, women I want to be. Hannah, Avery, and Dani enter the male-dominated world of West Point as very different personalities, but they all prove tough as their Army boots as their friendship weathers the tests of school and life, faith and loss, love and war. An inspiring tribute to female friendship and
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
West Point is very special to me- I fell in love with and married a cadet. We sleep with a green girl on our bed, I've been to the Firstie Club and 100th night and I've eaten meals in the mess hall. I could picture every single page of this book. I've also been to military funerals, watched as flags were folded, and gripped friend's hands as they walked through the unimaginable. I know the fear and the longing and the separation.

This book captured it all perfectly. I have even more respect for
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story! It's been a while since I've read a book that really taps into my emotions. I related to all three of the characters in a profound way. My favorite BOTM so far!
Ann ~ SheLovesThePages
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I knew I would love this book within the first 50 pages. Told from three women who come to attend West Point to play basketball. How that decision is made. They all play for an obtuse, prejudice, a-hole coach. We see how their lives play out after West Point and after unimaginable heart break. Heart break that bonds friends like no other. And when friends can love through that, something magical happens.
I highly recommend this book!
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
Though, admittedly, I may not have picked up this book on my own had I not befriended the author last year, I would have been a fool to pass up reading this gorgeous novel! Claire Gibson wrote with an understanding of loss and friendship that surpasses many of her contemporaries. In 500 pages, she wove a tale covering 7 years from the end of high school through and beyond the Point, as 3 young women, despite the odds, aspire to play basketball for West Point and in so doing, establish a lasting ...more
Amy Imogene Reads
Apr 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
One of my favorite aspects of Book of the Month is that it gives me the mental freedom to step outside of my comfort zone and try out a book that I would have never seen or thought to pick up in the bookstore. Interested in giving this female-driven contemporary a try!
Ilyssa Wesche
There was a LOT of God in this book. Way too much for me. That said, I was expecting something different and that affected my feelings about the book. I would consider this a new adult book, and as such, it was pretty good! Just not what I was looking for.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-for-review
Really enjoyed getting to know Dani, Avery, and Hannah as they navigated college together (at West Point) and the years after graduation. Their friendship is one that came alive off the page. It was fascinating to read some of the background of West Point and the military, especially from a female perspective. Definitely something I haven’t read before. Hope to see these three again in the future. My thanks to the publisher for the review copy.
Andi (A Literal Hottie)
This is good, especially on audio. I feel like the second half slowed down and it could have used more drama but it’s a well done story.
Laura Carlton
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
want to know more!!! What happened next?.....Claire Gibson gave me an authentic look at life for women at the Military Academy. These three student athletes allowed a deep friendship bond to grow between them; and the lives they lived after graduation have many lessons/applications for everyone. This story has challenged me to work harder at holding on to friendships rather than letting them simply drift away. The time, love, and commitment that we invest in each other is NEVER wasted-even if ou ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-2019
Wow, I raced through this thought provoking novel. Gibson follows three women, all basketball players, as they apply to West Point (just before 9/11), go through college, and deal with life after school. She looks at the struggles they face as women, both in and out of the army. This was an enjoyable read that made me think and exposed me to a lifestyle I don't know much about. I only wish it was coming out sooner (publication date April 2019)!

Highly recommended to fans of Kristin Hannah.
Emily O
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am fascinated with the military and military academies. I’ve read Absolutely American and visited the Naval Academy twice. Needless to say, I was really excited to read Beyond The Point by Claire Gibson. Not only is it a story about West Point, but a story from the female prospective. Count me in!
Beyond the Point follows the friendship of Hannah, Avery, and Dani who have all decided their future in basketball and life is at West Point. It’s one of the most elite and toughest schools to get in
April Greissinger
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Huge thanks to William Morrow books for sending me this free book in exchange for my honest opinion!

This book was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 and I LOVED it!! I knew this book was going to give me all the feels after reading the first few pages, and it definitely did! I was angry, heartbroken, filled with joy, and so many more emotions as I cheered these women on while reading. This story follows three strong and badass women as they first decide to attend West Point all the way
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't know much about West Point or women in the military going into this novel, so I found the subject interesting. A good thing, since this book is almost 500 pages long. Even though at times, it felt long, it never got dull enough that I wanted to put it down. The characters are sympathetic and admirable, although I didn't feel all that connected to any of them. Their various stories, though, were intriguing enough to keep me reading. I also appreciated the story's themes of friendship, fa ...more
Stephanie Maratta
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book surprised me in the best way. This is my first five star book of the year. I was so entwined in the story and very emotionally invested in what happened to Dani, Hannah and Avery. I thought the story was complex with its many characters and storylines but it was so well put together and the author did, in my opinion, a phenomenal job of weaving the stories together. I felt the three main characters were well developed and the story lines were thought out. The story/stories moved me and ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This really moved along zippily for the first 3/4. Although the writing isn't cliche-free, the details were interesting and I was wrapped up in the 3 main characters' stories, kind of Rona Jaffe-style. (I'm sure there's a modern equivalent but Rona came to mind!) I was upset though by what felt like the author slut-shaming one of those characters, over and over. And there was a bit too much religion for me. There were some progressive and feminist values mixed in there, too, but I felt some judg ...more
Addie Conway
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. It follows the story of three very different women from high school through college at West Point and those confusing, heart-breaking post college years. I found this to be a moving, graceful and loving novel.
If I could give this book six stars, I would.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a terrific book! All about friendship, good times, bad times, and life. One of the best I have read in a long while.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic debut novel about women and their friendships. It has three realistically written women as main characters who become friends and maintain that friendship during trying times. It's amazing that this is a debut novel and I can't wait to see what this author writes in the future.

The three main characters are
Dani - A high school basketball player who is being recruited by many colleges and a National Merit scholarship winner, she surprises everyone when she decides to go to Wes
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019list, fiction, arcs
This is women's fiction at its best. We meet 3 young women who meet as cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point. We follow their lives after graduation and the reality of their life as Army officers. This is chock full of current, topical references. There are sad and happy sections of this, I won't lie but on the whole, I think you'll enjoy it. This is an early copy I read because it doesn't come out until April.
Beth Anne
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Thank you @williammorrowbooks for the free review copy!

It's a fairly unusual experience to read a book that feels like it was written just for you. But that's how I felt from page 11 of Beyond the Point (who is really hooked from page one? really?). I read it in 3 days because I just couldn't put it down!

Beyond the Point follows three women who attend West Point in the early 2000s. It begins with their senior years of high school, through their time at the Point, to post-graduation jobs, relatio
Megan Strang
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the premise of this book. Three women who meet at West Point, experience 9/11 as cadets, and then must face the post-9/11 world with a new outlook on their chosen careers.

The characters and the story didn’t disappoint. I loved getting to know each woman and their very different personalities. I also loved Wendy Bennett, the wife of one of West Point’s faculty, who reminded me of so many officer’s wives who I’ve known over the years, and who took in the girls and served as an adoptive mo
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to LibraryThing and Wm. Morrow for this ARC.

I wouldn't say this is woman's fiction at it's best but it's good fiction.

I give a lot of credit to women who go into the military. It shows how hard the training is, especially for women.

Avery, Hannah and Dani are not only in it together at West Point, their friendship holds the strength of time over the few years this takes place through good times and bad. Their personalities and ethnics and race and religion are all different but it shows ho
Courtney Whisenant
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beyond the Point is a beautiful story of the power of friendship and faith in the lives of three women who met while studying at West Point. I love that this story shines a light on the fierce, courageous women who serve our country. This book made me think about all of the unique challenges faced by women in the military as well as the strength and perseverance required to complete their missions. It was inspiring to see the powerful bonds forged by women from such different backgrounds while i ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Someone needs a little *less* Jesus. This book should have been marketed as Christian fiction, there's that much. (And if it had - it would probably get less crappy reviews, because there's no indication *anywhere* about this. If there had been, it would have probably hit its target market instead of falling on the masses. This parachute never came close to its landing zone). Everything feels forced, from the religious plugs everywhere to the so called relationships between the girls. Really, re ...more
Sarah Lyons
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent historical fiction book about friendship, love, loss, growing up, and military service set around September 11th and the years after. The story follows three women and we get their perspective on serving in the military as a female, why they joined, and what they learned. Very well written book. It is a tad long but worth the time. By accident, I ended up reading two books about 9/11 in a row and it was harder than I expected emotionally but I am still glad I read this one.
Lilliana Ferraro
I was very fortunate to win this gem on Goodreads giveaways and I'm so glad I did. Determination, endurance and the story of three girls who meet each other at West Point and become the friends of a lifetime. It's a story that teaches you to never give up and to rely on love for survivor. Their love and bond is captivating and admirable that gives the full meaning of a true ever lasting friendship.
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