Book Review: Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover

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.’

Release Date: February 25, 2012
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley

I broke one of my cardinal rules of reading with Point of Retreat.  Are you ready to hear my confession?  I read book two without reading book one first!  I still can't believe I did it...I was accepted to read Point of Retreat through NetGalley.  I emailed the publisher to see if they would send me Slammed, book one, first, and never heard back.  I had no money in my book budget to buy Slammed and my library did not have a copy.  So, I decided just to jump right in and hoped that Hoover would provide a good enough summary in book two so that I wouldn't be too confused.  

I'm glad I didn't read any reviews of either Slammed or Point of Retreat before reading the book.  I love being able to go into a book with no preconceived notions about it.  Luckily, Hoover provided enough backstory that I was able to catch up on most of what I'd missed in book one.  

I really liked this contemporary YA novel.  It was on the mature YA spectrum, with the relationship between 19 year-old Layken and 22 year-old Will.  There were some cliches, which were borderline cheesy for me (one of Layken and Will's fighting scenes immediately comes to mind) but not so much that I couldn't still enjoy the story.

Hoover's character development was great, especially in the minor characters.  Kiersten and her mom were my two favorite characters.  The emotions were sweetly written and just jumped off the page as I read.  

Overall, Point of Retreat was a good read.  I'm glad I read it, and I know I would have enjoyed it even more had I read Slammed, book one, first.  I would recommend this series to fans of contemporary YA.

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