Release Date: August 2nd 2016
Atria: New Adult
367 pages (paperback ARC)
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Colleen Hoover is a genius.
A literary genius.
If I had to desribe this book in one word or a lot of one words it would be: Intense. Draining. Moving. Real. Feels. Life. Me. You. Empowering.
As of now, if she wrote anything and I mean anything, I would read it. A shopping list, a love note, a death note or even just my name. That’s how good she is.
It Ends With Us is like nothing she has written to date. I know a lot of bloggers may have already said this but it’s true. With Colleen you expect a certain theme and I was expecting this theme, I was expecting for this to be like her other books, but with every book even though they are alike in some ways, they blow me away. This one blew me away but for a completely different reason.
It blew me away because it was me or a part of it was me. A part of it could be anyone or speak to them as it did to me.
I admit I was a little upset when I noticed where the book was going and I literally threw my beloved ARC across my bed at at my sisters feet. I told her, “Take it away from me. I can’t read it. I don’t want to read it.”
You see, the book made me feel. It made me feel emotions I didn’t want to feel again and I didn’t want to experience it as the character, Lily, did because I knew it. I knew what was gonna happen and I didn’t want it. We all expect for books to make us feel, we have the expression, “This book gave me the feels,” though the feels I felt hurt me. It hurt me in a good way if that makes sense. It hurt me because it was real and I could relate, I could relate so damn hard. It was the emotion that only Life throws at you and you guys know Life can be a bitch.
Though, Colleen had a reason to write Lily’s story the way she did. To have outcomes handled the way Lily did. To have a love interest (or two) like the one Lily has. It made sense the closer to end I started to get after my sister gave me back my book and said, “Quit playing. It’s Colleen Hoover, you have to finish it.”
And I did. I finished it in two hours. I devoured that book. I read. Every. Single. Word. And they all stuck with me. When I was done I threw the book at my sister again and sobbed out the words, “I’m done. I’m so done. I can’t. Don’t give it back, I’m serious, don’t do it.” She gave me a funny look and gave it back. I immediately flipped to the first page and re read the book.
Yes you read that right, I re read that damn book. Again.
I’ve had this review sitting in my drafts for awhile because what am I to say without spoiling this beautiful story? Do I hype this book up even more? How to I even express what this made me feel, because boy did I feel.
One thing I can say is go in blind. Don’t read any spoilers. Lily’s story is one not to know anything about. Have tissues because Colleen likes to make us cry and then sacrifice our tears to the books gods to produce another tear jerker book we will all fall over ourselves to get ARCs of in the next year. And find a cozy spot, after the first page, hell even the sentence, you won’t want to stop.
I gave this book 5 f-ing stars. I don’t usually cuss but Colleen brings out my potty mouth – in a good way. What else am I supposed to say other than buy the book, like yesterday, even though it releases today. Please do not spoil the book for anyone and I hope you guys will share your thoughts with me! Thank you readers for reading and I will have another blog post up soon.
Over and out.