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Happy It Ended

*This is a book review of It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.

Quick Facts

Author: Colleen Hoover
Release Date: February 29, 2016
Genre: Romance, fiction
Main Characters: Lily Bloom, Ryle Kincaid, Atlas Corrigan
Number of Pages: 384
SJ Rating: 50%

The Synopsis

After growing up in an abusive home, Lily Bloom has finally started to pave a new path for herself. New city. New business. New… man? Ryle Kincaid changed all his rules as he fell in love with Lily. However, things get messy during their marital bliss when Lily’s first love, Atlas, enters the picture again.

I’m giving Colleen Hoover one more shot, and it’s mostly because Blake Lively is going to be in the movie adaptation of this book. Before-reading Jamilah is hoping this one is better than Ugly Love.

The Good

Fifteen pages in, and it was already so much better than Ugly Love. There was a lot more of a plot to this book.

This book simultaneously tackled homelessness and domestic violence, which I haven’t seen in many romance books I’ve read recently. It was refreshing, though sad.

It’s nice that Marshall is there to provide the comedic relief; it is definitely necessary.

I like the tie-in/explanation of the book name at the end. Given the plot of the story, it makes a lot of sense.

The Bad

I am not a fan of the Ellen Diaries situation; I feel like choosing her to write journal entries to didn’t age well. It killed the vibe every time Lily decides to be nostalgic.

Also, Ryle begging on his knees for sex was sad and pathetic. When they finally have sex for the first time, it lacks a lot of steam. That whole section of the book was a total let down.

I find it very… weird that Lily casually drops the information about her father being the town’s mayor. Like, how? And how does he run a real estate company at the same time? This raised so many questions.

The pacing of this was not the best. There were so many time jumps and not in a good way.

The Overall

Considering the dedication Colleen chose for this one, the story feels a lot more personal and authentic. For example, Lily says, about her father, “As his daughter, I loved him. But as a human, I hated him.” Granted, I didn’t read the “Notes from the Author” like I probably should have, but I am going to assume this book portrays events that have happened in Colleen’s life.

Despite how personal this book was, I gave Colleen Hoover a second chance, and I wish I hadn’t. I truly believe she is incredibly overhyped, and there are other authors who deserve the same amount of attention she receives.

Honestly, the only reason I finished this book is because I am a big stickler about finishing things I’ve started.

Next book to be read and reviewed: Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens

“All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.”

– Lily Bloom

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