Publisher: Atria Paperback
Author: Colleen Hoover
Release Date: 2016
Pages: 373 pages
Genre(s): Fiction, Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
Reviewed by: mkgdes
SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
A Brave book.
“Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen seconds that we’ll never get back.”
I’m used to Colleen Hoover’s intricate layering of plots—Hopeless, Ugly Love, but IEWU is definitely more complicated than that. As I was writing this review, I keep on going back and forth what makes it so interesting and not just because of its plot or the twist. This book completely claws its way out of your heart. It’s going to make you rethink about your preconceived idea of relationship—questioning your better judgments. It’s actually going to split you in half—loving and getting frustrated with circumstances and characters, which I meant it to be in a good way.
This will be a spoilery review. I tried to have it free from spoilers but a book that is just too good should be talked about. Proceed if you have already read the book. If you haven’t I urged you to go out of your room and run to the nearest store and buy the book. Read it. I guarantee you, you won’t be disappointed with it.
It starts with a love story —one that you would actually dreamt of. With naked truths surfacing to define relationships, questions of what love really is and isn’t arises. Colleen Hoover delivers the story with questioning your judgments on sensitive issues of domestic abuse. Her story is a realization of woman empowerment.
Lily Bloom is an exceptionally brave and bold character. If you’ve admired female heroines, you will completely fall in love with her, little by little until you’ve said to yourself, “I want to be you when I grow up.” Lily has gripped my heart in the most painful and beautiful way. Her gems of brutal honesty from her relationships intricately wove out into a resounding reality of naked truths. You’ll cry with them, laugh, fall in love, destroy you, get your heart broken and put the pieces back again.
I was hoping a turnaround for Ryle Kincaid. He broke my heart to pieces. Colleen’s characterization on Ryle had left me so broken, desperately asking her to stop and wished she actually never wrote it. But it hit me hard when I realized that I am trying to smother and created excuses to justify the means for Ryle. I was so preoccupied that love can be an excuse to turn everything back into places, that I wanted him to change. I am so immense to the idea of love that we are turning a blind eye to the truth that starts to walk in front of us. We accept the bad things hoping it would become better later on. And yet, love is not enough to conquer it all. Regrets do not cover up the wounds. Heroes become the monster they ought not to be.
The hospital scene gut-wrenchingly ruined me. I never cried so hard the moment Lily made that life-altering-ugly turning point of her life in view of a better future. It’s hard to let go of someone you have love and you’ve built your life around. It’s so hard to prevent your heart from forgiving someone you love than simply forgiving them. It’s so hard to let go of the love—the kind where you have seen your future with the person. And I can’t imagine how painful that must be to put a stop to it and say “it ends with us”. And as hard that decision must be, the realization of all Lily and Ryle comes into has never hit me so hard.
Experiences has taught us a lot of things, make us define the person who we are now, and, change us. It was hard to see those things in the eye of a kid but most painful when you have experience them single-handedly. I am in awe of Lily’s strength and conviction to put a stop to it. Any person do not deserve the way Lily has been treated no matter how you love that person. Do not mistake love for abuse—physically or emotionally.
Happy Holidays and Happy Reading,