In the mood for a book that you could easily finish in a couple of sittings? This is it!
I told you recently that I hadn’t been reading much because I hadn’t found a book that really kept my attention. Well, I bought this book when I was writing that post and finished it a few days later – talk about keeping my attention!
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover is the 12th book I’ve read in my goal to read 20 this year as part of my 2016 reading challenge. It was a super quick read, which was exactly what I needed to get me back on track to reaching my goal. I first read about it on one of my favorite blogs and then saw that it had five stars on Amazon with 2,000+ reviews, so it was a no-brainer that I had to read it.
This book follows the life and loves of Lily Bloom. Lily grew up in a small town in Maine and eventually found her way to Boston where she has fulfilled one of her life-long dreams of opening up a flower shop. On the night of her father’s funeral, she has a chance meeting with a handsome and charismatic neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid and quickly her life becomes a fairytale. Mixed in with the present day, we’re taken back to Lily’s teenage years through her diary entries. There we meet Atlas Corrigan, her first love and someone whom she still feels a strong connection to even though she hasn’t seen him in almost a decade. That all changes one fateful night and Lily’s fairytale begins to crumble in incredibly harsh fashion.
It Ends With Us was one of my favorite books I’ve read in recent memory. Colleen Hoover did a phenomenal job in creating characters that were incredibly real and incredibly flawed, but whom you still had sympathy for. I felt an entire range of emotions toward each character and I can’t remember the last time that happened as I was reading a book. There were times when I thought the story was a bit too fairytale, but that quickly went away when those moments of real life came crashing in to take the story back down to true-to-life level. Seriously, there were times when I could feel my pulse-pounding because I had no idea what would happen next. I loved how Lily confronts her difficult decisions with incredible bravery and forethought. The book may have ended a bit to cleanly for me (and for the story), but I was so happy with Lily’s decision. The subject matter in this book was dark and difficult, but Colleen Hoover managed to not make it too dark or depressing. To further attest to how much I loved this book, I will tell you that I was about 70% of the way through it when I picked it up a few nights ago and I stayed up until 12:30am finishing it. I cried at the end, too, which very rarely happens for me when I read a book!
This book is one that I have no reservations about recommending and I do hope you read it and let me know what you think!
If you’d like to read about the other books I’ve read this year as part of my reading challenge, you can find my reviews here:
Most Talkative by Andy Cohen
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
Stars over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
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