“I hate and I love: why I do so you may well ask. I do not know, but I feel it happen and am in agony.” ~ Catullus
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.’
I finished Point of Retreat a while back, but have had the toughest time trying to write a review. When I found the quote by Catullus, it sort of mirrored my feelings for this book. Love and hate. Well, hate is a strong word.
Let’s begin with what I loved about Point of Retreat. Butterflies. The introduction of Kiersten into the already dynamic array of characters can only be described as sheer brilliance. Her and her mother’s take on language is exactly how I feel and Kiersten’s explanation is butterflying beautiful.
The emotional elements between siblings is lovely in its complexity and more than once tears blurred my vision. The line between maturity and immaturity that Caulder and Kel walked throughout the book elicited humor and pride from me. Two fictional characters thoroughly got under my skin. That’s no small feat.
What did I hate? Well, we have to go back to Slammed to identify that particular element. You see, in Slammed, Layken and Will proved that their relationship could withstand anything. What I hated, was Layken’s sudden insecurity about Will’s feelings. She took it upon herself to make a decision for him (a situation in which I’m all too familiar).
The introduction of Will’s old girlfriend could have lead to a great conflict, but it fell flat. The situation diffused itself making Layken’s insecurities all the more unfounded. Contrived is the word that comes to mind.
Now for the nitpicking.
* Point of Retreat read like two short stories smashed into a novel, sort of. There was a beginning, but two middles and two climaxes.
* Though Will prays, God is never capitalized unless at the beginning of a sentence.
* There were numerous spelling errors.
I liked this book. I love the characters. Ms. Hoover is a talented storyteller and I’ll willingly read her future novels. It’s just that Slammed WOWED me and Point of Retreat seemed rushed, as if Hoover latched onto the first idea that popped into her head instead of searching for perfection.