Book: It Ends with Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
“All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.”
This book is my biggest fear.
And I’m so happy I finally read it.
I’ve been a Colleen Hoover fan ever since I picked up Ugly Love a few years ago. But it took me two years to bring myself to pick up It Ends with Us due to its sensitive subject matter. I mean, why would I willingly read something that could trigger me? But I knew it was important for me to get through. I wanted to know how this subject matter was going to be dealt with and I wanted to know if I would learn something from it. Especially because this story is rooted from the author’s real life.
I will put a trigger warning at the end of my review. I know most people may consider it a spoiler but I’m thankful I knew what it was about before I read it so I could wait until I was finally ready to pick it up. My reading experience would have been different if I didn’t know. At the same time, I do not think I can properly capture this book in my own synopsis, which is an element I enjoy adding to my reviews. This is one of those rare cases where it’s hard to be brief and not spoil the big events.
This is definitely THE read that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I’m proud of myself for getting through this. It’s a huge step for me. This is also the first time in two years that I’ve picked up a Colleen Hoover book. And I didn’t realize until I read the first page how much I missed her stories. I forgot how addictive her writing style is and how dramatic her plot points are.
Lily’s letters were one of the best aspects of the book for me. It gave the story more depth and layers, and it really drew me in. And yes, Atlas was a favourite character of mine. I loved reading about their past relationship and seeing how his role played out in Lily’s present life.
“In the future… if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again… fall in love with me.”
Another relationship I adored was between Lily and Allysa. Their friendship had a strange set-up and circumstances. But it was because of these circumstances that showcased friends who stuck together no matter what, which I really appreciated.
Everything about this book was raw and real. I learned so much. I cried when I was reading it and thinking about it and talking about it. The message was powerful and eye-opening. All I want to do is buy multiple copies and hand them out to everyone I know.
“Cycles exist because they are excruciating to break. It takes an astronomical amount of pain and courage to disrupt a familiar pattern. Sometimes it seems easier to just keep running in the same familiar circles, rather than facing the fear of jumping and possibly not landing on your feet.”