It Ends With Us - Review
“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”
It Ends With Us* was the first book by Colleen Hoover that I have read and I am so glad as I now want to explore all of her other books. I loved the way she writes and her ability to make you feel every emotion possible. Did I expect to feel as though my heart was being ripped out, trampled on and then shoved back in - no I was not ready - but I think that just shows how well the story was portrayed.
Lily grows up in an abusive household where she has witnessed her mother be at the receiving end of her fathers anger for years. Lily has always asked herself the questions of ‘why is she still with him?’, ‘why won’t she leave?’ But yet she never imagines that one day she would be asking herself similar questions and going to her mum for advice.
"We all have a limit. What we're willing to put up with before we break."
In amongst everything she witnesses growing up all the ups and downs and emotional turmoil, she still tries to be that beacon of light for someone who never imagined would deserve such a thing. Regardless of everyone else’s snarky comments and the risk it could pose to her with her father she puts that all on the line because of a special individual - and no that isn’t the person she ends up with, but is it the one she wishes she did?
When there is so much tangled into a relationship, so many push and pull factors, so many emotions, new surprises and obstacles - making excuses for the abuser seems so easy. This book is such an eye opening read for what happens in reality and how difficult these situations are for individuals.
“Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen.”
I want to be best friends with Lily! I am so so in awe of her, her strength and her way of thinking after everything she has been through and choosing what is a priority.
It was an incredibly powerful read with so many hidden messages embedded in this story from the very beginning. This book does tackle hard and difficult topics and is done in such a way that is brutal but makes you still want to carry on reading.
I already can’t wait to read my next book by Colleen Hoover as I cannot stop thinking about this one! Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? X
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