My rating: 5/5 stars
Sometimes the one who loves you the most hurts you the most. When Lily feels a spark with the gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle everything seems too good to be true. Ryle is stubborn and a little arrogant but has a soft spot for Lily. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas – her first love. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
It has taken me so long to bring myself round to writing this review and I am still not over this book.
Without spoiling anything you are in for a much darker story than the synopsis for this novel will have you believe. I think the fact that I went into the novel expecting a gushy romance was why I was left so shocked at the end. Personally, I think this was Colleen Hoover’s intention and I have to commend her writing as this topic was put across eloquently and realistically.
For those who may be triggered by domestic violence this novel will not be for you. Lily’s dad was a very volatile characters and abusive character. This is made apparent at the beginning so I am not spoiling anything by telling you this. Throughout the novel there are diary entries that Lily reads from her diary when she was 15. These entries provided more insight into Lily’s life and made me admire her so much as she had to deal with a lot yet still came out of the other side of it.
As soon as I had finished this novel I just wanted to speak about it with anyone that had read it. It left me very emotional and by the end I had goosebumps. I think the best thing about this novel is how raw and real it was. At times it is really not the easiest read just because of the subject matter but I just couldn’t bring myself to stop reading. I was left with a bit of a ‘book hangover’ after this one and had to take a break for a few days just because I couldn’t see anything living up to this one.
Please if you are going to read this book, read the author’s note at the end. It provided so much depth to the novel and really showed the foundation and basis behind it. If you read this before reading the novel though it will spoil it for you!
This was not a predictable novel by any stretch and writing a review is hard as there are so many important themes in this novel but as the synopsis gives nothing away, so neither will I. Colleen Hoover did a fantastic job with this novel and I really do recommend this to anyone. It is a beautiful and heart-breaking novel and I was left an emotion wreck.
“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.”
Do you have a suggestion for the next book to add to my bookshelf? Let me know in comments.