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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.
Histoire bien écrite qui se lit très facilement. Pour moi l'histoire est un peu trop jolie : tous les personnages réussissent professionellement, ils sont tous compréhensibles de la situation et viennent tous en aide. Dans la vraie vie, ce n'est pas aussi facile... Pour moi ça manque de rebondissements et de difficultés.
To start off, I’m really confused after reading this book is an understatement. I enjoy a book which makes me feel all the emotions, even if sometimes those emotions are all over the place - it doesn’t matter to me, BECAUSE I felt them on my own. But I don’t like it when someone (especially an author) manipulates my feelings according to her own f‘ked up will. Now don’t come at me with all writers do the same comments, please.
This is my second book from this author and believe me, that book gutted me and I loved it to pieces. Had me crying, no bawling my eyes out (FYI, in case your wondering it was - Reminders of Him). So now you should know, i have nothing against this author because that book has a whole other place in my heart. But this book, It Ends With Us? Not so much. Wait, wait, hear me out. This book so f‘ked up in so many different levels, and I mean this as no offense to the author and her mother, whose feelings I totally, completely 💯% respect. But I truly cannot back up a man who doesn’t even realize until after the deed, that he is even committing not just a mistake but a crime. I mean it’s one thing to have anger management issues and a whole other thing to raise your hand when in anger just because you CAN - absolutely not acceptable.
I honestly do not want to talk like a brat, because I have lucky enough to have parents who loved me to the moon and back, and there isn’t a thing they wouldn’t do for me and a husband whose entire world revolves around me. So yeah, maybe I don’t actually understand what one goes through while being abused. But I honestly hope, the women out there facing abuse like this, have enough courage come out and speak about it and have people to rely on, who would give them all their support. So yeah, a huge shout out to such wonderful, courageous women ❤️.
Anyway, back to the book. I did not like it, one bit. I’m not sure there ever was anything between Lily and Ryle. Because all the signs that he was a violent man by nature was always right in front of her eyes since the first time they ever met. How she could not see it, I don’t understand. This is not a romance book, if it was more popular as a book on self-awareness that would be more accurate . Also this book is not about Lily and Atlas, who on the surface level looks like the perfect gentleman (but CoHo can never make her men any less f‘ked up, so the jury is still out on that).
But I think this was my last straw, i don’t think I have any more space for such toxic men and toxic relationships in my fictional life. So sorry but not sorry CoHo, i shall not be reading anymore your books, thank you very much.
Quick review without spoilers: I believe this book was simply overhyped due to Kylie Jenner posting it on her Instagram story. I’ve read a handful of Hoover’s books because I enjoy young adult romance novels (I’ll admit it). She’s a decent to average writer. The plot lines keep me interested enough to finish most of her story but her writing style definitely leaves much to be desired. These are the “chick flicks” of books. But I still enjoy them and will continue to purchase any stories from her that catch my eye. “Hopeless” is one of the first stories I read from Hoover and it is 10x better than this book (writing style, dialogue, character development, plot). It seems like this story needed 100 more pages and lent details to unnecessary places while glossing over more worthwhile facets of the story.
Review with some spoilers:
The beginning of this story was interesting and framed Lily as a unique character (this was short lived). I was turned off by Riley’s character almost immediately but I don’t think that was an artistic intention by Hoover. His persistent sexual advances are cheesy and unrealistic. The entire development of their romance is far to quick but in a way that just seems like poor writing and not “love at first sight”. I very much enjoyed Lily’s flashbacks in the form of diary entries. Again this shows her endearing quirkiness and development as a person. Although I enjoyed the flashbacks, from a technical standpoint it was far fetched that they could have been written as a diary entry by a 15 year olds girl. At some point Hoover should have abandoned the diary format and just wrote them as memories. I read them as memories but it seemed sloppy from a technical standpoint. Atlas is introduced in these flashbacks/diary entries and he’s by far the most interesting and likable character. I so wish we could have watched their romance (atlas and lily) rekindle in the present day. It’s bizarre that there’s richer dialogue in these diary entries than in any part of the present day plot. It’s bizarre how Hoover indirectly summarized dialogue without writing actual dialogue. This technique was overused although at times I was thankful for it because i wasn’t invested in many characters enough to care about what they said due to their poor development. The plot was the only thing that carried me through. I wanted to know how things ended. I was over Riley less than halfway though the book not because of what he did to Lily but because his character was flat and unrealistic. I was waiting for Lily to ditch Riley and get back with Atlas but I could tell that wasn’t going to happen as the pages remaining became fewer and fewer. I wanted adultery and passion between Lily and Atlas while she carried Riley’s child. That would have been controversial and interesting! Lily was far too timid and not even her strong conviction at the end made up for that. Hoover set up a perfect opportunity for revenge and steamy rekindled love and instead focused on the obviously dead marriage between Lily and Riley (who cares? Not me). Riley was the character to show the strongest emotion but it seemed awkward and spontaneous coming from such a flat character. Your brother dies so you abuse your wife? Uh ok. I wanted him to be more manipulative and toxic (at least be good at your faults). There didn’t need to be a silly “explanation” for his behavior. Their love story was never captivating in the first place. The abuse scenes were more detailed and interesting than their courtship. Attention was split evenly between the love and toxicity rendering both plot facets weak and underdeveloped. And and not to mention the insertion of Riley’s sister and brother-in-law was plain boring and useless. So much time was spent sloppily weaving these supporting characters into the plot. Meanwhile they didn’t “support” much, they simply allowed the plot to role smoother for Hoover. This story and it’s main characters had potential but were derailed swiftly by poor character development, clunky writing and squanderer plot opportunities.
I feel like an outlier for saying this, but I hated this book. Firstly, the plot line (girl who "isn't the hookup type" falls for guy who is, but makes him ~wait~ until he *shocker* falls in love with her!!) is a complete cliche and essentially just a college undergrad's wet dream. It's an extremely easy read, but not because I was just really craving to read it--there is hardly ANY descriptive language about where the main character lives, her surroundings, the other characters, etc. Everything is pretty much a basic "sketch" of description, and I really prefer when the author can build a world for me... It's evident that not much research went into the main character's home state, either, because a girl from Maine wouldn't consider a Boston accent to be "funny." She'd also have a yankie accent...
Secondly, I rather hate the way this book ended. There were truly no repercussions for the male main character, or punishment for his abuse. The main character claims that "when two people co-parent a child, they need to work together past their differences," blah blah blah... but that's utter horse crap. If someone has been physically/sexually abusive towards you, there is no way in HELL they should be allowed to see your child, and the state of Massachusetts actually has laws stating that the victim is NOT required to share custody in these cases. I don't think "making things work" with an abusive father is the message we should really be sending to other women.
Honestly, the most descriptive and better written parts of this book were the sex scenes and that was it. Maybe it's just me, but I thought this book was written at around an 8th grade reading level, if that. So sure, if you want something you can read through in a couple days, this fits that bill. For me, even that much time spent on a book riddled with cliches and lacking in a strong feminist message, is a complete waste.
CoHo put together this book to show how difficult is to leave an abusive relationship when you love a handsome, smart, charming, generous, ultra successful, hard working man, whom by the way has a horrible horribleeeee trauma and his temper is a wild card, right? Really?? As if the dynamics of abuse were that simple as blackout episodes, apologies and broken promises, what about the dismantling of the victim's selfworth in the hands of the abuser. CoHo just went on and blurred the moral lines to add to the angst (again the difficult decision of leaving Kyle) .. she just wanted to make this book about a moral dilemma from the MFC's point of view, complicated by a child and the hardship of being a single mom, and abuse is so much more complex than that. To me, the result here is very unrealistic portrayal of abuse. Actually this book makes me appreciate Sally Rooney's Normal People much more, which provides a much more realistic commentary on the consequences of abuse in women.. Don't let the trademark bittersweet angst of CoHo fool you, that premise of this book of "There is no bad people, just people that do bad things" is such an enfuriating BS... there are truly evil people in the world, doing bad things or good things is a choice, and people can always choose which path to follow, if a person just keep choosing to do evil then then that person is a bad person period.. fundamentally Kyle here is a bad guy embellished with loads of "good traits" but essentially he is a bad person, a liar and a cheater.. and a manipulative effed up pr1ck.he said he wanted to change, he asked for help but actually never did something substantial to manage his condition .. soo what was the point of this book again? Explain to women how abuse works? Should give readers a more credit than that.
I’m not exactly sure what I expected from this book, but this wasn’t it. Every woman I know hypes up ALL of Colleen’s books… but this one just didn’t “reach” me. For lack of better words, ‘It Ends With Us’ was just kind of whatever to me. I’m glad the main character got her happily-ever-after ending, but this book was just too slow and dragged out for me. It wasn’t a page turner. I wasn’t intrigued. I simply finished it because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I am, however, excited to see the movie version of it because I LOVE Blake Lively. I think she alone will make this story come to life more in a way the written words couldn’t. Maybe the movie version will be more interesting, but the book just didn’t excite me. The sex scenes were unnecessary. I felt like it was a “try-hard” move to please a “50 Shades of Grey” audience, and not every novel for women needs to have sex scenes in order to be popular. Idk, this just was not my vibe. Oh, well. I’ll stick to psychological thrillers.
If you don’t care for grim reality, this book is for you. It’s written in plain language, kind of like a friend describing her day to you. Plain descriptions of people and scenarios. Kind of like a computer wrote a book. Everyone is wildly successful, wealthy and beautiful. The main character’s life is all about two men. I imagine the person who thinks this is a good book has their living room painted gray and has a Live Laugh Love sign somewhere. I can’t believe it was a bestseller. I gave it 2 stars because I was able to get all the way through it and it had a dark twist right when everything seemed perfect.
This was an easy read for vacation but lacking in story line. The entire story line seemed to build slowly toward a climax that never happened. The main character is way too perfect and it was so frustrating to read. I think this could have been a great opportunity to connect to people dealing with this in real life to help them navigate their own journey. But the reality is that she skipped over the hard parts of DV, added some soft core porn, then gave it a fairy tale ending. I’m not sure how or why this is a best seller.