It Ends With Us

Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria
Genre: contemporary romance
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Trigger Warnings: Sexual and domestic abuse

I really had no idea what I thought when I finished the story. I was confused, happy, sad, and really frustrated by everything that happened to Lily. Everything was going great and then everything wasn’t. I absolutely loved the story and I love how she had Lily handle her life as it came at her.

I would definitely recommend this book. This was my very first Colleen Hoover book and it was really great. However, if domestic abuse and sexual abuse are triggers for you, please avoid this story. Yes it ends all well and good but man I got really emotional reading those parts so I can only imagine how someone would feel if this is triggering for them.

One monumental life-changing thing at a time.

Ryle Kincaid, It Ends With Us

I would definitely reread this book. I’m not too thrilled by how easily Lily and Ryle got together and everything, but it’s still a really great story.

With that said, Lily really has like everything going for her and everything. It was kind of annoying but then of course, if there are big highs, there are big lows too and man were they big. So that’s why I felt kind of confused, not by the story, but just how I felt about it in general.

It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us.

Lily Kincaid, It Ends With Us

I don’t think I’ve ever actually read a story that went so completely well for the MC and then all of a sudden took a turn for the absolute worse. It was like whiplash and took me a second to process what had happened. I had to reread the switch a second time just to try and process it.

I couldn’t put the book down at all. At this point, I had read several books that started off really slow. This one was a jump at the gun from the start with the first time Lily and Ryle meet. I kind of like when authors jump right in to the story without having to build everything up. You can build things up as you’re going through the story, I feel.

You can stop swimming now, Lily. We finally reached the shore.

Atlas Corrigan, It Ends With Us

I don’t think Lily and Ryle or even Atlas were very relatable for me in general. All of them kind of have the life of their dreams and they’re all doing what they love. Life hasn’t been nearly as good and fair for me, but that’s why it’s a story. Totally unrealistic but the most realistic parts are the abuse scenes so again, if you’re triggered by abuse, don’t read this book.

It was a really great book besides how everything was so easy for the characters to get and they’re basically living my dreams. It hurts when you read about fictional characters living your dream. But it’s definitely still a great story and I WILL be reading another Colleen Hoover book soon!

2022 Reading Goal

Book #7 out of 50

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All The Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven
Publisher: Ember
Genre: young adult, novel, contemporary romance
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

I thought this book was so great. It took me back to high school and it wasn’t really something I wanted to bring back. I went to a different school for my sophomore year and life got a lot better for me there. But my freshman year was really difficult. I couldn’t understand who I was and my friends didn’t really feel like my friends. I relate so much to Finch that I kept reinventing myself in that one year. I could really relate.

It’s a high school story but if your high school experience was like Violet or Finch, you can really relate. Violet lost her sister and everyone was tiptoeing around her. She didn’t feel like she could go back out in to the world. She didn’t even life riding in cars almost a year later. Finch was struggling with mental health and finding himself and his place while also struggling to stay in the present. Unfortunately, he was labeled as a freak.

Lovely is a lovely word that should be used more often.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I would definitely reread this book. I even watched the Netflix movie. The movie wasn’t as great, they cut a lot out from the book but it was still kind of nice to see it play out. I would put this one in my reread pile.

I enjoyed the writing style. It’s two different points of view, switching between Violet and Finch. It kind of starts off a bit slow, but picks up in about 100 pages or so.

Once it started picking up, I really got in to the story and it actually made me want to do a wandering adventure of my own hometown. I’m happy to say that I have wandered a bit since reading this book and I discovered some gems in my hometown so far that I didn’t know were out there and I look forward to finding more.

When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

There is talk about suicide in this book. If you’re not okay with that, I think you should avoid this read. But it’s very much a wanderlust and finding yourself after losing so much and rebuilding from the ashes kind of thing. Definitely a good read.

2022 Reading Goal

Book #5 out of 50