91. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Oh boy. Where do I begin?

Don’t be fooled by the pretty cover, the color scheme, or the poetic finality of the title “It Ends with us” as this book will break your heart. Period. I had absolutely no clue what this book had in store and I wish I read up some review, cause it should come with trigger warnings (tons of them!)

Please note that the story revolves around domestic abuse. If that is a topic that can affect your mental health or stability I would highly recommend you AVOID it. But if you’re feeling brave, this may give you some closure.

Onto the review now…

Summary:

The story is about a 23 year old Lily Bloom and begins at the night of her father’s funeral where she is literally dangling her feet off a ledge from a building and is interrupted by a doctor named Ryle.

They strike up a conversation and start telling these “naked truths” (because honesty just flows when you’re in the presence of someone who doesn’t know your bad or ugly secrets).

“Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen.”

They end the night with some tension in the air *wink wink*, knowing they’ll never meet again. Fast forward 6 months later, Lily opens up a floral business and like faith she runs into Ryle again when she injures her foot. Sparks fly, attraction gets the best of them and they start dating.

“I’ll keep pretending to swim, when really all I’m doing is floating. Barely keeping my head above water.”

But then there is Atlas.

The boy she met at the age of 15 and helped in a time when he was abandoned by everyone. Who shared her love for The Ellen Show, helped her out in the garden and was always grateful for sharing the comfort of her home and food with him.

He was her one true love who knew how bad her parent’s relationship was and helped her navigate through the mess.

“You are my wife. I’m supposed to be the one who protects you from the monsters. I’m not supposed to be one.”

However, thinking she’ll never be her mother, life plays a cruel joke when she finds herself in a similar situation and needs to make choices that’ll alter her life forever. But Atlas comes just in time to repay the favour of saving his life when he was at his lowest.

“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.”

Review:

For the first 150ish pages I thought this might just be a sappy romance novel about the one that got away and came back when the heroine found someone else.

Never have I been so wrong!!

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover is a moving story about never judging someone’s situation without being in their shoes. It really broke my heart reading about domestic abuse and the effect it can have on a child growing up in such a broken household.

It showed me how even the most kindest and well nurtured of people can have no control over their actions or take responsibility for it. I was so engrossed in this story that I finished it in one go and by the time I was done I felt like I found the closure to the heartache I felt a few chapters prior.

Domestic abuse is something that is hushed up by people all over the world by words like “it is none of our concern”, “don’t meddle in someone else’s affair”, “it is between the husband and wife, we shouldn’t interfere”.

No amount of makeup can cover the shattered soul of a woman who has to fear for her life at the hands of a man who vowed to love her!

But what truly hit the nail for me was the author’s note. Dammit, I cried a ton!

For the sake of that author’s note I believe everyone should read this book. And to all the women out there who were/are in such a horrendous situation, I pray you find the courage to choose the freedom and safety we’re all entitled to as humans.

Onto the basics now:

  1. Rating: 4.0/5.0
  2. Favorite quote: “There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”
  3. Reader level: Easy.
  4. Should you read:  IF you’re not triggered by scenarios involving descriptions of domestic abuse and violence and you feel such books should be read about, then yes.
  5. Would I read it again: I honestly think I won’t. I love this author, but I cannot endure the story again.

Till next time,

-Sarah

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