Saturday, August 6, 2016

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover Review


This book. THIS BOOK. If you didn't know already, I am a huge fan of Colleen Hoover. Her books literally never fail to impress me. It Ends With Us is by far the heaviest book that Colleen has ever written. No, I do not mean page wise but I mean topic wise. This wasn't a romance book to giggle over. It was a book that made me think about my moral in life and made me think, "What would I do if I were in that position?"

I have so many things I want to say about this book but it seems I cannot say much without spoiling this book which I absolutely do not want to do! I give this book a solid 4.5/5 stars. I loved this book so much and this is one of those books that stick with you forever! GO READ IT! But keep in mind that this book is NA and it deals with heavy topics.

SPOILERS:

I feel that this book has changed me as a person and it changed me with just a few words. These were the quotes that stood out to me the most in the book:

"There is no such thing as bad people. We're all just people who sometimes do bad things"

"...And people like my father are the problem. Instead of helping others, people use the worse case scenarios to excuse their own selfishness and greed"

"Maybe love isn't something that comes full circle. It just ebbs and flows, in and out, just like the people in our lives."

THESE THREE QUOTES. They absolutely changed the way I saw and thought about people. This book almost brought me to shame. When we look at criminals, we all say "Oh, he's a bad person. He's a terrible person." So on and so forth. I was one of those people. But the first quote that I mentioned made me think, "What is their story? What drove them do it? If I was in their position, what would I have done?" In no way am I saying what criminals do are right. But, what if they were just misunderstood?

This book shocked me in a lot of ways because I truly didn't know Ryle had a problem with abusive behavior. I honestly felt sympathy for him when he told Lily the story about accidentally killing his brother with a gun when he was six years old but was that a good excuse for him to hurt Lily like that? NO.

I really liked Ryle in the beginning of this book and I honestly didn't feel that much towards Atlas just because I thought he was getting in the way of Ryle and Lily's perfect relationship. But as the story progressed, I warmed up to Atlas and I think by the end of this book, I ended up liking Atlas than I did Ryle.

I honestly praise Colleen's writing in this story. After Ryle's attacks on Lily a couple of times, I was SCARED for Lily. I didn't want her to go near Ryle which is so messed up because by that time they were freaking MARRIED. And when he tried to rape her? HELL NO. NOT ACCEPTABLE.

Okay, so I understood Ryle's reason for being mad at Lily and honestly, Lily should've told him about the magnet, the journal and blah blah blah. But his reaction was not okay and I was so glad when Lily finally stepped up and moved out. But she had to go to Atlas.

At first, I really wasn't sure how I felt about Lily staying at Atlas's place. I mean, it was pretty obvious he had feelings for Lily even though he lied to her about having a girlfriend. And when Lily found out she was pregnant with Ryle's baby? That was just added to the complicated mess.

I really enjoyed seeing Atlas and Lily's past story through her diary. When first introduced to the diary, I was Team Ryle and I didn't know much of Atlas. But by the end of the Journal, I loved Atlas so much! I also loved how Lily wrote to Ellen DeGeneres and how Lily and Atlas had this connection between them.

To be honest, I think it wasn't fair how Atlas kept his feelings for Lily hidden from her but he used all sorts of public ways when Lily and Ryle were married to show Lily that he loved her. it was romantic, but a bit selfish.

I really liked the side characters in this story as well! I freaking loved Allysa! She was such a great friend of Lily and honestly, I think everybody deserves an Allysa every once in a while! Marshall was hilarious and I came along to loving his character as well! I loved how he also protected Lily from Ryle at points.

The abuse that follows in this book is so realistic it was scary. It legit gave me the goosebumps. The process of a woman doubting her instincts when she is abused was so realistically shown in this book. When Lily decided to forgive Ryle the first couple times when he hit her, I was like, "IT DOESN'T MATTER THAT YOU LOVE HIM! IF HE HIT YOU, LEAVE HIM!"

But I thought, well if the person I loved did that to me, how hard would it be to leave? I really felt for Lily and when she finally got the bravery and courage to leave Ryle, I freaking clapped for her. She might not have superpowers, but that just officially proved that she was tough and could handle herself. Later on in the story, when Lily's mother gives Lily the pep talk about abuse, that really hit me hard. Not because I have ever experienced abuse EVER in my life, but just because the more I thought about it, the realization of how true it was hit me.

"Every incident chips away at your limit. Every time you choose to stay, it makes the next time that much harder to leave. Eventually, you lose the sight of your limit altogether, because you start to think, 'I've lasted five years now. What's five more?'"

That is the quote that Lily's mother told Lily about leaving.

I was very pleased with the epilogue and Lily's choice in life. I was surprisingly satisfied with Lily's decision to get a divorce with Ryle. She saw things at the long run and if Ryle truly wanted to be a good man and if he truly loved Lily, he would leave her.

I was also very happy that Atlas and Lily got together! I wasn't an Atlas and Lily shipper in the beginning of this book, but by the end, I was right with them! I loved them together and their Finding Nemo love is adorable!

I usually don't quote books in my reviews but this book just had so many memorable ones that I just had to. This book will be in my heart for a long time! Colleen, you've done it again! This book was amazing by all means and I am eagerly waiting for the next story Colleen has to write!

Thank you guys for reading!!!
















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