I’ll be the first to admit that, while I have enjoyed Colleen Hoover’s work in the past, the last few books haven’t quite hit the mark for me. Not in the same way as her earlier ones. Some were better than others for sure, but they were lacking that magic I experienced with HOPELESS and SLAMMED. I picked up IT ENDS WITH US expecting more of that, and boy, was I wrong! The blurb couldn’t have prepared me for the emotional onslaught these pages packed. And then all of Ms. Hoover’s social media references to giving her all our tears made sense to me. Because I gave them all to her!
IT ENDS WITH US completely wrecked me. The first 35% I kept thinking this is all too cute and sweet, what’s going to happen. And once you figure out where this is going (and the title then clicked for me) my heart started breaking. And I don’t think it ever recovered until the very last few pages.
It’s easy to see that this was an emotional book to write because that gut wrenching experience came through vividly for the reader. This was even clearer after reading Ms. Hoover’s note in the end. And then more tears were shed.
I think what I can appreciate the most about this book is how it made me think. There are many subjects we all think we know better and we know what we should and would do if confronted with those situations. But we often don’t put ourselves in the shoes of the person going through it. The fact that this book made me rethink that, and even question what would’ve been a given decision at certain points was eye opening for me. And it definitely made me have a new appreciation for the strength required to overcome those situations.
This is Colleen Hoover’s best work in a really long time! I would say best ever, but I wish the beginning would’ve gripped me more. One thing is for sure. Once it did, it didn’t let my heart go. It put it through the wringer and left it in a million pieces on the floor. This is not an easy book to read, but it’s an experience I highly recommend.
I know I’m being terribly vague, but I don’t want to spoil the book for you. You may have the misconception from the blurb that this might be a love triangle. So I’ll just clarify one thing. It’s really isn’t, and there’s an explanation for that. It is a story about second chances. And there is no cheating. Hopefully that clears enough hang ups you may have. But just know this one thing. This book is touching, it’s hard, it’s emotional, it’s heartbreaking, it’s deep, and it’s very human. And after all that heartache there’s a happily ever after I could be excited for and made me smile. I have to say thank you to Ms. Hoover for opening up her heart with all of us and sharing this story. Now that I’ve finished writing this, I feel like I need a few minutes to go quietly cry in a corner and put my heart back together.
“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all jut people who sometimes do bad things.”
Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen seconds that we’ll never get back.