Rating 4/5 stars
I absolutely love Colleen Hoover novels! I can’t exactly give a summery of this novel without giving anything away so I will just tell you my thoughts. I have only read one other CoHo book before, Ugly Love (Review Here), and I read the entire novel in one sitting. I almost did the same with this novel. I was mesmerized by the characters and story line and did not want to put it down. *The character development of this novel is phenomenal.** The way Holt wrote the novel, using a journal from Lily’s teenage years, made it easy to really see her character development. This novel was not predictable in any way.*** Like all Colleen Hoover novels, this is not just a romance story; this novel does speak on the topic of spousal abuse and readers should be warned that there are some violent and graph descriptions. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a short, gripping read and to all females because I believe that it starts a conversation that we should all have.****
You can find a summery of this book on goodreads.
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING ARE SPOILERS TO THE NOVEL. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
*Why did Ryle have to be so charming. I wanted to hate him so bad, but like Lily I loved him too much to actually hate him.
**At the beginning of the novel she saw her mother as a weak individual; however, at the end she understands not only what it’s like to be in her position but why her mother didn’t leave. And why her mother continued to “ignore” the problem.
*** I did not see Ryle being abusive until the second it happened. I also thought the Lily would totally stay with Ryle at the end and was surprised when she said she wanted a divorce.
**** Like Lily says, we should stop blaming the abused for not leaving, and start asking the abuser why it seems ok for them to do so. Being honest I have always wondered how one could stay in an abusive relationship and this book gave some great insight to that exact question.