For those of you who don’t know, Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors. Like solid top 5, without a doubt. And don’t ask me to order my top 5 because I won’t. But know that Colleen is on it. My biggest issue with her books is that I know I need to be able to put my life on hold for a few days when I read her books, which isn’t always possible. I don’t always write a review of her books, just as I don’t for many authors, I like to have diversified reviews on the site. But this book is an important one, both enjoyable, but also leaves us with a lesson on life.
I decided to read It Ends With Us while in my cruise. Let’s face it, what was going to interrupt me? Dinner?
Actually, I read most of the book in a day, then had to stop for dinner and a show. So here I was awake and reading all day while my travel companions napped. Then when I went to see Rock of Ages I took a nap… seriously, a book kept me wide awake all day, but a play with loud 80s music put me to sleep! In fairness, I love Rock of Ages but I have seen the show twice. But still…
It ends With Us is everything I love about Colleen’s writing. There are amazing characters, heartbreakingly amazing characters. Characters that we love even when they are doing dumb things, because they are human like you and I, then she weaves them together in unexpected ways.
It Ends With Us is a specific story about the human spirit. It touches each of us because we’ve all been in Lily’s shoes, whether her smart shoes or her not so smart shoes. We’ve all been the victim or the judge at some point.
The balance that Colleen put into these characters is truly amazing. I often love characters that I know I shouldn’t love, it’s the fun of reading fiction. But Colleen actually brings this to a new level, when through Lily we get the chance to question ourselves and what would we do. And not just once, but throughout the whole story.
In the end we get resilient characters, ones that I know will be ok in the long run, once they sort out their shit, because they’re not bad people. They’re good people who do bad things.