Colleen Hoover is quickly turning into one of my favorite authors. I have only read two books so far but they have both been highly rated on my end. “Verity” was a crazy psychological thriller and “It Ends With Us” was more emotional than anything. Lets take a deep dive into this book.
“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”Direct Quote from book
About The Book
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Published Date: August 2nd, 2016
Page Count: 385 Pages
Main Genres: Romance, Contemporary and Fiction
GoodReads Rating: 4.44
“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.”Direct Quote from book
Lily had a rough childhood in Maine, watching her father abuse her mother and her mother never doing anything about it. She vowed that she would never let a man mistreat her.
She moved from Maine to Boston and quickly met a very attractive Neurosurgeon name Ryle on the top of an apartment building. Both had a lot on their minds so these two strangers decided to open up to each other revealing their naked truths. They quickly got along but this would need to be their first and only time meeting because Ryle only does one night stands and Lily wants a life partner.
Fast forward six months and Lily and Ryle’s paths cross again but this time they can’t seem to stay away from each other. Lily is kind, sweet and caring while Ryle is hot headed, arrogant and extremally stubborn. The most unlikely pair but what do they say? Oh yeah, opposites attract.
Life seems to be going pretty well for the happy couple, until a man from Lily’s past comes racing back into her life. How will this affect their relationship?
“Just because we didn’t end up on the same wave, doesn’t mean we aren’t still a part of the same ocean.”Direct Quote from book
“And as hard as this choice is, we break the pattern before the pattern breaks us.”Direct quote from book
Wow! This book was so beautifully written! I read this book in practically one day. By that I mean I read four chapters this weekend and then devoured the rest of the book in only a few hours on Monday.
This was such an emotional read and honestly it hit pretty close to home. Being in an abusive relationship isn’t an easy thing to get out of and this book really show cases this. You are always trying to justify what is happening based on all the good times you have had and how sorry they feel after their physical, verbal or mental abuse.
I personally was in a pretty abusive relationship in high school and also another one right out of high school and getting out of those were some of the hardest things I have done in my life. Especially when you have such strong feelings for your partner and they come right back saying how sorry they feel and how it will never happen again, they buy you flowers and take you on a great date and you chalk it up as a bad day and move on.
Some people ask “Well, why didn’t you just leave?” and my answer to that is that it isn’t as simple as that. Sometimes you are scared the abuse will get worse if you try to leave, other times they have groomed you into thinking this is what you deserve and sometimes especially at the start you just think this is all just a big fluke. So many factors play into why people stay in an abusive relationship and it is never as easy as it might seem to just get up and leave.
Being able to pull myself out of two abusive relationships and to slowly put myself back together was tough but I am so much stronger from my experiences and I have grown a lot. I have now found a man who treats me like the queen I am and I am so grateful for that. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and if you ever feel like you are stuck in a relationship reach out to someone for help even a place to escape when needed.
Back to the book, this was an emotional read and I cried multiple times and I promise that you will too. I think this book will be one of my all time favorites and it will stick with me for a very long time!
Be aware of some trigger warnings for Abuse, Rape and mentions of suicide.
“Just because someone hurts you doesn’t mean you can simply stop loving them. It’s not a person’s actions that hurt the most. It’s the love. If there was no love attached to the action, the pain would be a little easier to bear.”Direct Quote from book
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