It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
*completely spoiler-free and even storyline-free review*
I didn’t read the blurb for It Ends With Us. It’s a Colleen Hoover book, so I completely trust her to rip out my heart and put it back together again. I totally believe in her genius. I’m glad I didn’t read the blurb, because reading it now, after experiencing the story, I can tell you for sure, the blurb doesn’t even come close to doing this story justice.
I think you should go in not knowing either, so this review will be shorter than most. I can’t even do my regular likes and dislikes, nor can I choose from the hundreds of amazing quotes I highlighted, because I want you to experience the story as it happens.
I took over a week to read It Ends With Us. Since I was traveling, I only had very small patches of time to read, and I had a feeling (a correct one) that little things mean a lot in this book, so I waited to pick it up until I could really focus. In fact, now that I have finished it, I still want to do a re-read to go back and pick up more details that I thought were insignificant at the time, but now I see those little things all played in to the bigger story, I have already added the audiobook to my cart, so the re-read is coming. Pick some good chunks of time to read It Ends with Us, because putting it down may prove impossible for you. I’m excited to listen to the book and to experience it again, but what I’d really like is to see It Ends with Us as a big budget movie.
Because EVERYONE should experience it. But since it is still just a book, READ IT. Read it NOW.
Colleen has written a deeply personal book that may hit home for many people. The characters are real. They are flawed. Yet I loved them all in their own way. I had a message from a reader yesterday that said they read the blurb, and it would be the first coho (Colleen Hoover) book they wouldn’t buy because she thought there was a love triangle. My initial reaction was “say what?” but when I read the blurb, I was left with that impression too.
Don’t be rash. Read the book. As I said, the blurb does not do it justice.
Lily is probably my favorite heroine ever. She is so freaking strong. She is down to earth and such a good person. She is inspiring. She is flawed, but she is real.
“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things”
We watched Lily grow up and turn into an amazingly strong, independent and resilient young lady. These are qualities she had all along, but as the book progressed, I felt so proud of her. I never really felt that way about a character before, but she made me as proud as can be, from the way she treated a homeless person when she was a teen, to the way she handled her issues as an adult.
“You saved my life, Lily,” he said to me. “And you weren’t even trying.”
It Ends With Us is a book with a powerful message, as most of Colleen’s are, but this even more so. It has the potential to completely change people’s lives, and I so hope it does. It’s filled with raw honesty, love, friendship and heartbreak, and your heart will be put through the gamut of emotions when reading it. The title could not have been more perfect. It is about a very relevant topic, and it will change the way you look at people who are experiencing it and will change the lives of people who are experiencing it firsthand.
It Ends With Us will hit you right in the gut. It will tear you up. You will laugh and cry. You will get the warm fuzzies. You will fall in love with the characters, and you will break. I finished this book laying in a hotel bed at two AM, and I just bawled my eyes out. Not because it ends sadly, but because all the pent up emotions from the entire story just poured forth.
I can’t do this book justice with a review. Especially a review where I don’t want to give one thing away. Go in blind and I promise, you won’t regret it. It Ends With Us is Colleen Hoover’s best work to date, and totally one of the best books I have ever read. Skip your Caramel Machiatto for the day, and spend that money on this book. You’ll be glad you did.
That’s what fifteen minutes can do to a person. It can destroy them.
It can save them.
Rating: 5+++++ Stars, Heat 3
PS: I loved the Ellen Degeneres tie-in, and I really hope she has Colleen on the show!