Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover : Book Review

Storyline Rating : 5/5 stars

Series : Book 2 in Slammed

Brief Summary from Goodreads :

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.’

My Point of View :

A beautiful sequel to Slammed!
I love how before every chapter there’s a short diary entry or poem from Will. Did I mentioned that this book is actually Will’s POV? It’s even better than Layken’s POV from Slammed. This time I get to know more about Will and actually feel what he feels! And the poems in this book is still as amazing as the first book. My fave poem would the one Will dedicate to Layken at the end of the book and also another by Caulder, which make my eyes teary.

Favorite Quote :

It’s not exactly a quote, it’s actually a poem.

“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…”

(I remove the Darth Vader house shoes from my satchel and look down at them.)

“You were wearing these during one of those moments.
One of the moments I first started to fall in love with you.
The way you gave me butterflies that morning
had absolutely nothing to do with anyone else,
and everything to do with you.
I was falling in love with you that morning
because of you.”

(I take the next item out of the satchel. When I pull it out and look up, she brings her hands to her mouth in shock.)

“This ugly little gnome
with his smug little grin…
He’s the reason I had an excuse to invite you into my house.
Into my life.
You took a lot of aggression out on him over those next few months.
I would watch from my window as you would kick him over every time you walked by him.
Poor little guy.
You were so tenacious.
That feisty, aggressive, strong-willed side of you….
the side of you that refused to take crap from this concrete gnome?
The side of you that refused to take crap
from me?
I fell in love with that side of you
because of you.”

(I set the gnome down on the stage and grab the c.d.)

“This is your favorite c.d.
‘Layken’s shit.’
Although now I know you intended for shit to be possessive,
rather than descriptive.

The banjo started playing through the speakers of your car
and I immediately recognized my favorite band.
Then when I realized it was your favorite band, too?
The fact that these same lyrics inspired both of us?
I fell in love with that about you.
That had absolutely nothing to do with anyone else.
I fell in love with that about you
because of you.”

(I take a slip of paper out of the satchel and hold it up. When I look at her, I see Eddie slide her a napkin. I can’t tell from up here, but that can only mean she’s crying.)

“This is a receipt I kept.
Only because the item I purchased that night was on the verge of ridiculous.
Chocolate milk on the rocks? Who orders that?
You were different, and you didn’t care.
You were being you.
A piece of me fell in love with you at that moment,
because of you.”

“This?” (I hold up another sheet of paper.)
“This I didn’t really like so much.
It’s the poem you wrote about me.
The one you titled ‘mean?’
I don’t think I ever told you…
but you made a zero.
And then I kept it
to remind myself of all the things I never want to be to you.”

(I pull her shirt from my bag. When I hold it into the light, I sigh into the microphone.)

“This is that ugly shirt you wear.
It doesn’t really have anything to do with why I fell in love with you.
I just saw it at your house and thought I’d steal it.”

(I pull the second to last item out of my bag. Her purple hair clip. She told me once how much it meant to her, and why she always keeps it.)

“This purple hair clip?
It really is magic…just like your dad told you it was.
It’s magic because, no matter how many times it lets you down…you keep having hope in it.
You keep trusting it.
No matter how many times it fails you,
You never fail it.
Just like you never fail me.
I love that about you,
because of you.”

(I set it back down and pull out a strip of paper and unfold it.)

“Your mother.”

(I sigh)

“Your mother was an amazing woman, Lake.
I’m blessed that I got to know her,
And that she was a part of my life, too.
I came to love her as my own mom…just as she came to love Caulder and I as her own.
I didn’t love her because of you, Lake.
I loved her because of her.
So, thank you for sharing her with us.

She had more advice about
Life and love and happiness and heartache than anyone I’ve ever known.
But the best advice she ever gave me?
The best advice she ever gave us?”

(I read the quote in my hands)

“Sometimes two people have to fall apart, to realize how much they need to fall back together.”

“The last item I have wouldn’t fit, because you’re actually sitting in it.
That booth.
You’re sitting in the exact same spot you sat in when you watched your first performance on this stage.
The way you watched this stage with passion in your eyes…I’ll never forget that moment.
It’s the moment I knew it was too late.
I was too far gone by then.
I was in love with you.
I was in love with you because of you.

(I back up and sit down on the stool behind me, still holding her stare.)

I could go on all night, Lake.
I could go on and on and on about all the reasons I’m in love with you.
And you know what? Some of them are the things that life has thrown our way.
I do love you because you’re the only other person I know that understands my situation.
I do love you because both of us know what it’s like to lose your mom and your dad.
I do love you because you’re raising your little brother, just like I am.
I love you because of what you went through with your mother.
I love you because of what we went through with your mother.
I love the way you love Kel.
I love the way you love Caulder.
And I love the way I love Kel.
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.”


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