Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson

How I Read: Audiobook/ Ebook

Dates Read: 8/17/19-8/20/19

I have been sitting here for the past few hours crying my eyes out. A quick trigger warning, this book talks about grief, sexual assault, and racism/ misogyny. It is an extremely heavy book, but so good.

Hannah, Avery, and Dani are from different places in the country, with different backgrounds. But when they find themselves in the 2004 class of West Point and on the women’s basketball team. As their lives continue to diverge, their connection gives them the strength to continue and prosper at West Point. When injury forces Dani out of the army, she finds herself moving to London in order to work for a marketing company. Avery finds herself working in Special Forces at Fort Bragg in North Carolina with a boyfriend. And Hannah finds herself married to another Army soldier as she sets off for Afghanistan. When tragedy strikes, Hannah, Avery, and Dani reconnect, and they learn that nobody’s life is as perfect as it may seem.

This book is really slow to get into. The prologue was super attention-grabbing, but once you got past that section, it took me a long time to get into it. This book is incredibly raw. You see exactly what the girls are thinking throughout the tough moments of their early 20s. Sometimes that can be tedious, other times it can be heart-wrenching. It comes with the territory.

There is conversation about God/Christianity throughout the book. This book is set between 2000-2006, so of course 9/11 was a topic of discussion (P.S. totally didn’t plan for this post to be close to the day, it just happened). There are a lot of sermons throughout the book, which as a Christian, I enjoyed because it gave me another way to look at my faith, but it might not be great for everybody. Read at your own discretion.

While I had a very rough reaction while reading it, I wouldn’t say this book is my favorite. I do appreciate books that delve into grief because it gives me a chance to say, this is how I feel. While I think this book did a very good job of discussing that, I wasn’t super impressed by the rest of the book. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t great. I would give it a score of 3.75 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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