Beyond the Point

Author: Claire Gibson
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Fiction
Source: Kristin of Kritters Ramblings

Goodreads:  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 motto, and every cadet who passes through its stone gates vows to live it. But on the eve of 9/11, as Dani, Hannah and Avery face four grueling years ahead, they realize they’ll only survive if they do it together.

Everyone knows Dani 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’s grandfather, a legendary Army general, offers a stark warning about the dangers that lie ahead, but she moves forward anyway, letting faith guide her path. When she meets her soul mate at West Point, the future looks perfect, just as planned.

Wild child Avery moves fast and doesn’t mind breaking a few rules (and hearts) along the way. But she can’t outpace her self-doubt, and the harder she tries, the further it leads her down a treacherous path.

The world—of business, of love, and of war—awaits Dani, Hannah, and Avery beyond the gates of West Point. These three women know that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But soon, that adage no longer rings true—for their future, or their friendship. As they’re pulled in different directions, will their hard-forged bond prevail or shatter?

Beyond the Point is a heartfelt look at how our closest friends can become our fiercest battle buddies. After all, the greatest battles we fight rarely require a uniform.

Ope’s Opinion: Seeing this story from all three of the girls, growing into women was a great way to read this book.  This started by introducing each of the females as they were seniors in high school.  The background helps you put into perspective their reactions to what happens when they get to West Point and meet each other.

In the middle of the book I wanted the story to move  a little faster, but if the author had left out some of those events, the last part of the story would not have been the same.  So keep reading – it is so worth it.

The last quarter of this book took my took my breath away and made me cry.  The ending was wonderful, positive and made me like the book more.

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