"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 ‘carving pumpkins.’"
Point of Retreat is the sequel to Colleen Hoover's Slammed. Once again, slam poetry takes a huge part in the story and its characters. As usual, the poems are beautiful, touching, and absolutely exhilarating to read. I can't help but love these poems. Will's poems are the best, and a strange little girl (the "diagonal" neighbor of Will) has a poem that will make everyone laugh. Oh, butterfly, it is so good.
Will Cooper has indirectly messed things up. But unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at the situation), it isn't his fault. Nope, someone who is the blast from the past decides to butt back into Will's life. Unfortunately (there is no bright side to this), that person happens to be his ex-girlfriend. Now, her reappearance dumps a whole lot of crap in Will's relationship with Layken. Drama ensues (and doesn't it always?).
Layken has a wonderful relationship with Will. Sure, they haven't consummate it yet, but they are two hormonal young people with a lot of fire between the two. They both have their hands full with their siblings. Layken and Will each have their own little brothers to take care of, and those brothers are first priority at all times. Of course, it doesn't stop them from stealing sweet and adorable moments with each other.
I swear... These two... *content sigh*
Okay, let's get to the more "technical" parts of Point of Retreat. The plot is written nicely, except for some odd parts. (Seriously, I have no idea what the point of the car crash is other than to dig a deeper grave for our characters.) The conflict involving Will's ex is off-putting, and I have to admit that Layken seems to be overreacting (but whatever it takes to get the plot moving, huh?). There are some grammar issues here and there, but it isn't as noticeable as Slammed's grammar. (Or maybe, I have gotten used to it.)
The ending is a wonderful part, and it totally tops Slammed's ending. Never before have I felt an ending this satisfying. It makes the book worth reading. The poetry, the emotions, the way it almost made me cry (but didn't). Beautiful and it is as wonderful and romantic as seeing Batman sing "Am I Blue?" in JLU.
Overall, Point of Retreat is amazing. With a chemical romance and relationship problems and a couple easy to empathize with, this book is a keeper. Plus, I like Will Cooper as a narrator. Sure, it is a bit jarring to read his thoughts, but... it works.
Rating: Four out of Five