It ends with us – Colleen Hoover – Book Review #7

When I picked up this book, I didn’t have any idea that this book is going to be deep, heavy and emotional. I have read a couple of Colleen Hoover’s books. So I thought this is one of her another fluffy, mushy, new adult romance book. But it has completely surprised me. It deals with a heavy subject – Domestic abuse [Major spoiler alert]. Yes, it is different from any of Colleen Hoover’s other books. This is a book that needs to be read.

Lily, a beautiful, strong and independent woman moves to Boston in hope of living a better life and starting her own business. While there in Boston, she meets Ryle. Ryle is a hot soon-to-be neurosurgeon who is doing his residency in Boston. He is living with his sister and her 7-digit salary getting husband. Lily and Ryle meet on the rooftop of Ryle’s sister’s apartment and with instant connection and sparks fly by they immediately hit it off.

Unfortunately they parted apart that night with no chances of meeting again. But as destiny has its way, they meet again when Lily opens a flowers-shop and hire Ryle’s sister, Alyssa as her employee. Ryle and Lily start seeing each other and fall in love quickly. As things are going smooth, Lily’s old love interest Atlas resurfaces in her life. Even though Lily and Atlas met when they were very young, Atlas has left a great impact in Lily’s life. What happens from there among these three follows the rest of the story. With two male characters in this story don’t think it as a love triangle. It’s not.

The first half of the book is a typical Colleen Hoover’s new adult romance. The second half deals with Lily’s struggle with domestic abuse and her figuring her life after that. It’s a beautifully written book. You get to experience all sorts of emotions while reading this book.

My favorite character in the book is Lily. Lily will be the strongest female character you will ever read. I am in awe with her strength and courage. I loved her character growth. The situations pushed herself to doubt her strength time and time again. But she never gave up. She has always found the strength to make right decisions even in the toughest of times. She rised and shined above all the situations. It’s so inspiring to read her journey throughout the book

Ryle is a likeable character. He is a very charming person. I really liked Ryle from the beginning which made it hard for me to hate him half way through the book. I was silently hoping he remains the same sweet person I have read in the beginning. But that’s not the case here. Like Lily said,

“Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen seconds that we’ll never get back”.

I kind of felt bad for him towards the end of the book.

Atlas is the sweetest character throughout the book. Although his presence in the story is less, he has definitely left a great impression. He is the guy you will always have soft-corner for.

Other than these three, I liked Alyssa. I adored her friendship with Lily.

Eventhough Ryle ia her brother and he is going through the emotional stuff of his own, she stood by Lily. She has never left Lily’s side. The friendship of Alyssa and Lily is so heartwarming.

It is definitely an eye-opener for me. I have never read anything heavy like this before. I was one of those people who wonders why women choose to stay after experiencing such domestic abuse. As a society, we are quick to judge women without considering what the process is really like for them. Reading this book gave me some perspectives. It made me understand the mindset of women who experiences it – It’s not just black and white there.

“Preventing your heart from forgiving someone you love is actually a hell of a lot harder than simply forgiving them.”

The love for the man doesn’t go the instant he hits you. As much as he is the man who hits you, he is also the man who have loved you. It is also the man you have loved with your whole heart and you still do. You don’t want to lose all these for the moment of anger. So you choose to forgive and put up with him at his worst just so you can be with him when he is at his best. But every time you choose to stay, it makes that much harder for you to leave. You lose sight of the limits eventually.

These are the few things I witnessed through Lily’s eye, her heartbreak, her dilemma and her challenges, all these are not easy. They are never easy.

What’s even more difficult and painful is the act of letting go. Most times the strongest act is not holding on but letting go. To leave someone we love is never an easy option. But life is all about making right decisions at the hard situations – The book has explained this beautifully in the end.

The ending of the book is so beautiful. When Lily said “It ends with us ” out loud, the title sounded so impactful and perfect.

I have talked major spoilers here. After reading this book, I had these mix of emotions. So I poured my heart out overwhelmingly with my opinions and major spoilers. Nevertheless it’s a wonderfully written book.

There is so much more in the story and in the characters than my spoilers. So don’t back-out because of the subject or by my spoilers. I loved her previous works but this goes without saying “It ends with us ” is the best book Colleen Hoover has ever written.

The writing is great. It is an absolute page-turner. This book is unputdownable. It has everything in it – Romance, friendship, laughter, sorrow, anger and everything. It will make you smile, devastate you, fill your eyes with tears. It’s an emotional rollercoaster. This book is really heavy. It’s raw, brutal, heartbreaking and painfully beautiful. As I have said before, “This is the book that needs to be read”.

I absolutely recommend this book to every one. “It ends with us” is definitely a 5 out of 5 star book.

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