I can honestly say that this is the first book that I didn’t have to read the synopsis for. I went into it without even knowing what the story was going to be about. All I did know was that whatever it was going to be about I was going to be glued to the pages, highly entertained, moved beyond words, and completely invested in whatever story was being told. Colleen Hoover is one of my must-read authors, so if she wrote it, I was going to read it, I didn’t need any more than that.
Once again, I was blown away by the writing and storytelling ability of this author. I am not going to get into the details of the book. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I would love nothing more than to discuss every little morsel of this book, but I believe that it’s essential for a reader to experience the story for themselves and watch how it all unfolds. Trust me, you will need to just get comfortable and expect to not move out of that comfy spot until the last word is read.
I will admit that It Ends with Us was a bit of a surprise to me. As I was reading the book, I expected it to go in one direction, but it went somewhere completely different. This is not a criticism by any means. I loved that she went there. She told a story that is relevant in our society, that will unfortunately always be relevant, and she did it with the all of the style and elements that make her writing so fantastic, and so her.
I am always excited to be introduced to the new characters in a Colleen Hoover book. As always, she has created a cast of characters that I felt an immediate connection to. I cared for them. I cried with them. I fell in love with them. I liked them. But when an author can create characters that you like, even when you know you shouldn’t, that is a true testament to their writing ability. She makes her characters realistic, flawed, and sympathetic.
I admired the strength and bravery that Lily possessed. I was able to put myself in her shoes and live the story along with her. I could feel her emotions and understand where she was coming from. Her feelings were normal. She was normal. She could be any woman that you know, she could be your family member, she could be your neighbor…she could even be you. When she was making her dreams come true, I was celebrating with her. When she was falling in love, I was swooning too. When she was hurting, my heart was breaking right along with hers.
While It Ends with Us has all of the wit, quirkiness, fantastic characters, and love that I have come to expect from a Colleen Hoover book, it does deal with some serious and important issues. This just brought her writing up to a whole new emotional level. She was able to deliver a story that was deep and meaningful, all the while keeping the style true to her.
Just when I thought that I had my emotions in check, I read the author’s note at the end. My tears were flowing harder than they did during the book. I was so touched by her words that I even had my husband read them…and yes, he had to wipe the tears from his eyes too.
Naked truth? I wish that hearts could be made from marine-grade polymer.
Another naked truth? I loved the book! It had everything that I love about a CoHo book and so much more.