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Colleen Hoover certainly knows how to make her readers feel a lot, while also making us reflect about certain patterns and behaviors. I never thought a fiction novel would bring me such a feeling of internal growth when I finished reading it. Absolutely brilliant, poignant, but brilliant.
I understand how some could see that warning readers about the domestic abuses in this book could “spoil” the fun. But to others dealing with traumas and CPTSD, it SHOULD CLEARLY be mentioned. I don’t know how good or bad the book is, I’m sure it really well written, but I just can’t read it, and I’m grateful to Amazon for refunding me.
this book is trash , the writing style is bad, and it is a romanticization of abusive relationships. The plot is boring I would advise you to skip this one and the other works of the author. Plus her son was accused of (g)rape and she tried to silence the victim and with the kind of book she writes you can tell that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree
It Ends with Us is actually an apt title for this, the third book I've read by this author who has managed to have several titles on the bestseller list. While I can't speak for her other books, based on those I've completed I can say there appears to be an underlying formula here of girl meets boy, has great mind-blowing (albeit frequently unreciprocated in some respects if one can read into those lines) sex, girl gets insight into the dark past of boy that involves some type of murder or death, girl finds true love at the end. The border of this jigsaw puzzle is the same in all cases, only the inner pieces have been rearranged -- and quite poorly at that, at least if one is looking for some semblance of plausible plot and dialog - which is hard to find in It Ends With Us.
Despite the author confessing in a post-note to an upbringing that is somewhat similar to the protagonist, Lily (who happens to love flowers and happens to have her middle and last name also synonymous with such colorful blossoms), the complexities of domestic abuse are relatively glossed over in Lily's marriage to an up-and-coming neurosurgeon, Ryle. The intricacies of that profession are similarly glossed over - for example, Ryle explains his ability to purchase -- and fully furnish within three days -- a 3 bedroom pied-a-tere without his wife's knowledge or consent (is that supposed to be love?) claiming he could do so because he's a neurosurgeon completely overlooked the fact he'd yet to commence actually practicing as he remained in residency. Never mind the fact a typical resident in neurosurgery generally earns less than $100,000 per year, there is no discussion of student loans to be paid off or permanent placement after a cursory conversation -- one that alarmingly took place after their marriage. It's troubling, too, to consider a woman would have reservations about the man she married - admits she still loves - who seemingly displays issues with impulse control yet has no compunction about his practicing in his profession, nor of caring for a child without so much as seeking any type of anger control intervention. If this is supposed to be serving as an example of how to deal logically, compassionately and/or reasonably with domestic abuse issues, I'd mark it with a capital F.
Lily's own foray into the business world is also fraught with perplexities. Lily pays a woman she hired on the spot without so much as a background check, then never bothers to do any sort of accounting IN HER OWN BUSINESS to see if this woman even bothers to cash her weekly paychecks. Again, as a business model: also an F.
I'd apply the same grade to the juvenile language used by the characters. It's one thing for a teenager to write in a diary as if she was conversing with a celebrity she never met but to play this out repeatedly --and into adult life -- wears thin fast; similar to the repertoire in the characters conversations, where they all seem to have the uncanny ability to recall dialogue, from months to years past, verbatim. Although many couples likely have pet names and favored sayings, to do so when being candid with each other by using the same silly phrase ad nauseam is just that -- nauseating.
This might have been a book I'd have liked when I was in middle school, especially due to all the soft porn scenes (I'd have probably been setting myself up for disappointment though because, full disclosure ladies, not each and every intimacy ends in shattering body thrills and chills).
So indeed this is where it ends for me. I'll be seeking my reading thrills, chills and jigsaw puzzle pieces elsewhere.
To put it simply, Colleen Hoover makes Jennifer Weiner look like Jennifer Egan.
It Ends WIth Us is Hoover's "social impact" book, and the only one of her 20 or so titles that has its own wikipedia page. It's a story of domestic abuse modeled on Hoover's mother's experience with her biological father.
Ok, I'll start with the redemptive features. There isn't a lot of fat on this book. It moves fast. The language is clear. It is completely devoid of any pretensions, literary, moral or otherwise. And I think those are all meaningful positive features.
The biggest problem with Colleen Hoover is that her characters appear to be drawn from the imagination of a 13 year old girl imagining how adults think and live. *All* of hoovers characters are shallow, stupid, pointlessly and casually dishonest and expect the others to be pointlessly and casually dishonest in the same pointless and stupid ways, and have the emotional maturity and foresight of a 13 year old. Adult characters that act and think like children include: a marine, a neurosurgeon, a battered woman (who survived abuse for 20 years), a successful retail entrepreneur, and a gazillionaire app developer. And of course our weak female lead.
Reading this book you might be tempted to think that Hoover:
Has never spoken to a doctor. Has never spoken to someone who has graduated from college. Has never spoken with a man. Has never spoken with anyone who has started a business. Has never spoken with someone who has a net worth over $10,000. Has never been to Boston (where the book is set).
Hoover has presumably done some or all of these things, but the book does not provide convincing evidence thereof.
Plot developments often proceed based on implausible events and implausible lies, like avoiding telling your mother you're 7 months pregnant for no particular reason; lying to your husband about why you have a particular tattoo for no particular reason; keeping a phone number on the inside of your cellphone case on a scrap of paper instead of entering that number into your phone for no particular reason; and on and on and on.
Perhaps the most damning thing is Hoover's attempts to emotionally complicate the abuse dynamic in the primary romantic relationship and make it seem plausible that our weak female lead is staying with a man who gives her concussions and throws her down the stairs for reasons other than being a total pushover. Even introducing some financial strain into the picture would have gone a long ways toward giving our protagonist a plausible reason to stay with this creep, but instead we're asked to just believe in the power of her love for her creepy, manipulative abusive husband, which is never credibly established.
One last thing which is neither good nor bad in itself. Similar to the Twilight series, It Ends With Us has our weak female lead become the love interest of accomplished, wealthy, attractive men who fall wildly, uncontrollably in love with her. Our weak female lead, however, seems to have no attractive qualities of any kind. The commercial viability of this trope tells me a lot about how American women feel and what they want: great men who will love them unconditionally, without regard to their wit, charm, intelligence, wealth, attractiveness or accomplishment. I don't think there is an exact equivalent male fantasy. If there is one like it, it's that a man becomes so accomplished or powerful that he can have his pick of any woman and/or have all women. Which is equally implausible but doesn't rest on the premise that you can be a sack of potatoes and still be a magnet for the opposite sex, so the male version feels somehow healthier to me.
Anyway, this book is terrible. I would absolutely be embarrassed to have written it. I hope Ms. Hoover laughs all the way to the bank.
Just absolute trash, but I wouldn’t mind so much if it wasn’t about an extremely sensitive and important subject matter (domestic violence).
I mildly enjoyed Verity so tried this book. It’s written poorly, the characters are one-dimensional and completely unbelievable as real humans. It was obviously poorly researched as well (some specific examples - if the author had ever looked up what a neurosurgeon does, she would know they haven’t touched a stethoscope since medical school, and you wouldn’t want to touch a doctor’s scrubs after they come home from work, let alone find it arousing, considering the reason you wear scrubs is because you regularly get every form of bodily fluid on them at work (: ).
I found the endorsement of domestic violence disturbing, and most of the book is frankly pretty sexist - the two main woman are a rich housewife, and a successful flower shop owner (who knew that was such an easy job - according to this book it’s a breeze), whereas the men are financial millionaires, surgeons, mayors and chefs. The women raise the babies while the men play poker and drink beer. I also suspect there are strong pro-life overtones here (you accidentally get pregnant with a man who abuses you and there’s not even a flicker of consideration that you may not need to have this baby? Really?).
It’s like it was written in the nineties. The decisions made by the protagonist are not what you would want any female loved one to make, and yet they are unchallenged by the character’s loved ones and apparently we are supposed to root for them? Bizarre.
Recommended by a friend due to the hype but so disappointing. Really two dimensional badly written Mills&Boon type nonsense with a serious but poorly developed main plot.
So many awful cringey unrealistic moments from “we’ve been waiting to hear Allysa scream in an agony - a sign she delivered” (while waiting at the hospital as her friend is in labour - and the author has 3 kids, wtaf?!) to silly unrealistic characters like the 20-something bloke who makes millions a year but is happy to look after a 6 week old baby while his wife goes back to work (in a job she does due to boredom and it is inferred she never cashes the pay).
The crying through every underdeveloped conversation and referring to half the incidences in the book as the best day/worst day/best moment is tedious, basic and cheesy. The 50 shades level of detail in the constant sex scenes is out of place and uncomfortable. The plot is entirely predictable and I’m baffled by the fact that none of the four central characters (as rich, beautiful, clever and all round amazing as they are) seem to have any friends before or outside each other.
Only positive is the flashback plot - possibly as it takes the form of diaries written by a 15 year old girl. The rest of the prose however needed more mature and developed writing.
The only reason I finished this book is my kids and I sort of do a book club type thing. It was horrible. to not only myself, but my daughters were annoyed with it too!! The whole “writing letters to Ellen”….I found that boring and wanted to just stop reading!! She’s a grown adult, why is she referencing her child hood journal…and who the heck writes to Ellen? I don’t know, that just annoyed the heck out of me. Also her relationship with Ryle was lacking substance. . It just didn’t make a lot of sense. Then she opens a business just with the poof of her fingers…again missing detail and oomph!! The whole book just wasn’t great. My daughters want to read the second one just for S&G AND because this is a series. Gotta finish what we start. Ugg!! My oldest daughter has finished it and said it was a little better but still not great so it looks like I’m gonna be reading letters to Ellen again. Ugg!! Good thing these books are quick reads. The things we do for our children. My opinion…put this book down and read her book “Verity”!!! That’s a great book!! It’s a much better book. Better story. The end leaves you thinking and questioning everything!!! I hope that one turns into a series! Well if she can keep the momentum going, which I’m sure she can!! It’s still cheesy and a little unbelievable, but it’s a book and that’s why we read them. They don’t have to be believable but they do need to feel like they were written with feeling, as if the author didn’t have a deadline to meet! Maybe this wasn’t her story to begin with!! Someone else’s idea. Who knows. This book felt rushed and empty. More like an after school special rather than a series starter. Hopefully the second one is better. Fingers crossed!!
I see this book everywhere, so I had to see what the fuss was all about. After painfully reading seven chapters, I realize the popularity of this book is an indictment of the current state of fiction. I laughed at this book--not with it. The scenes are ridiculous: Chapter 1: She meets a stranger on a rooftop in the dark, and after two minutes, he says, "I wanna F*** you." And she's smitten by that. (eye roll here) Chapter 2: Seemingly endless teen letter excerpts to Ellen DeGeneres. OMG. Chapter 5: They've only casually met twice, the next thing he does is find her downtown apartment building and knock on 29 apartment doors until he finds hers. He begs for sex (promising her that she'll never have to see him again if she just submits) and she says, "okay." Huh? A woman with a brain would've called the cops. Chapter 7: After being physically swept off her feet DURING a cocktail party hosted by her employee, Lily is commandeered to a bedroom by the alpha male and forced to lie next to him. He turns off the light, and she says, "Goodnight." LOL. The next morning, she walks into her employee's kitchen, and the employee DOESN'T ask her what the hell she's doing in her kitchen. They drink coffee. LOL. I could go on and on. I was reading it out loud at home and laughing my ass off. I had to stop reading. There's $11.90 I'll never get back.
I have no idea how this is popular or where the positive reviews are coming from. I’m completely dumbfounded, this book is bad to the point that it is unbelievable to me that anyone would find it enjoyable. It is written in the style of a teenage girl that makes assumptions on adult life and has no idea of reality. The handsome doctor tells the pretty girl he just met that he wants to sleep with her…he shows up at her house begging to sleep with her after meeting her twice (he finds where she lives even though she had only mentioned her apartment building)…on what planet would a grown woman find this charming? On and on it goes with old tired boring cliche after cliche, I couldn’t continue and gave up. I’m convinced the author or publisher somehow manipulated the market, tricking folks into paying for this nonsense. Our time and attention are both precious, don’t waste yours reading this book, it is awful.