Beyond the Point

A Novel
Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
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In this powerful debut novel set at the US Military Academy at West Point, three women - a nationally ranked point guard, the granddaughter of an Army general, and a rebellious homecoming queen - are brought together in an enthralling story of friendship, heartbreak, and resilience.

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.

©2019 Claire Gibson (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Slightly religion-based

The book is entertaining enough to keep you reading - until the last 25% which gets very slow and, actually, depressing. Two items that I didn't see in the reviews: (1) A solid religious thread runs throughout the book - especially in the last 2-3 hours; and, (2) The narrator who reads Hannah is so breathy and gasping that it becomes uncomfortable to listen to her (I considered returning the book to avoid it).

It is very interesting to hear about West Point education for women. I didn't realize that it involves such extreme fitness and rigor.

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Authentic and beautiful

I would recommend this book for anyone who is searching for understanding in this world of hurt, love, happiness and sadness. This is a great book for a fun book club or a book for someone who is grieving the loss of someone loved. The audiobook readers were spectacular and really brought the story to life. I am sad it’s over but definitely worth the read!!

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Beautiful story

Very authentically-told story about young women who studied at West Point and go on in their careers as military officers and in business. Full of deep emotion, pain, bonds of friendship, personal growth, joy and heartbreaking tragedy. Excellent book for a young person interested in attending West Point, graduates of a service academy, young professionals, or those wishing to, through a novel, walk along the experience of those who have chosen this path.

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Powerful story.

Following these West Point friends was intriguing. Great story... really took me in. Powerful details... As someone not in the military, this story caused me to think about things I would not have otherwise thought about. I became a bit annoyed with the constant use of profanity though. Sometimes it seemed unnecessary...

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Impactful

Skillfully written and a masterpiece of human emotions. Gibson takes the reader down the road of finding yourself with friendship.

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Really good

I don't give lots of 5 star reviews but have given this book 5 stars. This is a great book about friendships and the twists and turns they can take as life goes along. There is some sadness at the end but overall really enjoyed this one all the way through.

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Great Characters, Very well written and narrated!!

This book draws you into the lives of the characters with such ease ! I found myself so interested in the characters almost instantly through the author's beautiful description of them and their individual backgrounds. The multiple narrators add even more to the experience and the already rich description of the characters and story lines. The author's personal connection with the setting of West Point shines through beautifully also. Love it!

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Overall good book

I purchased the audiobook version of beyond the point. It took me a bit to get into it. The beginning was a little slow. I could relate to several of the characters. I played basketball in college, I’m a military officer , dual military family.
I probably shouldn’t of listened while my husband is deployed to Iraq l. Overall I enjoyed and book and how the characters grew.

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A very special story.

Well written and performed. Women at West Point in the early 21st century. Trials and errors, good times and heartbreak and the true value of true friendships. I am sorry to see this story end.

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Excellent Writing!

The story speaks to people of all kinds. The writing is excellent and you can feel the story come to life. Loved it