Book Review: It Ends with Us – 3.2 saltine stars 8


Saltine… 3.2 stars

About the Book

It Ends with Us, by Colleen Hoover

[Public Library book]

Sometimes it is the one who loves you 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, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

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.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

 

Review

Dear friends it’s with NOT with a great pleasure that I write this recommendation for It Ends with Us, by Colleen Hoover.

This book was just… Saltine… 3.2 stars

So this is me before this book…

OMG I can’t read. I can’t read ANYTHING. It’s been THREE MONTHS now.

My DNF pile is bigger than my TBR!

My life as a reader is OVER

[drama.drama.drama]

So there came the desperate resolution. Forget about ARCs … Let’s ONLY read best sellers. There came the vow: Let’s stay away from fantasy for a while. Let’s mix genres.

So then comes the first best seller. Big Little Lies. Chick lit. supposedly, SO NOT MY THING. But… There is me, happily turning pages. I reach THE END. Life is good! I CAN READ!

So, ok, then I’m like… “let’s read the next book in the best sellers list, which was “It Ends with Us”.

BUT IT IS ROMANCE. UGH.

The cover. You know… pink letters, pink flower [though is a SHATTERED flower, so… pheww].

Nothing wrong with cute little pink flowers, but I’m a consummate reader of DARK urban fantasy. That’s fangs, horns, claws and leathery black wings.

Not pink flowers.
But… I pat myself in the back. Come on you can do this. You have read romance before and YOU HAVE LIKED it.

I set the mood. I drink wine. I take a cute picture for my Bookstagram [new obsession to post about soon]. I snuggle in Butterfly‘s pretty pink bed with a pretty polka dot pink cover, pink lights hanging over my head.

There I am, in Butterfly’s pink world, bathed in the soft pink glow of her lights, ready for my romance best seller.

So, I start reading. oh oh. Saltines.

I almost gave up on this book at page 20! So I went back to check my GR friends reviews… yup. A loooong stream of 5-star reviews.

Ok back to the book.

The writing. Very plain. Like a saltine.

Most people don’t think saltines are bad right? Pretty much everyone likes saltines but who LOVES them? Who jumps with joy at the thought of saltines? or says “OMG I want to eat saltines so badly!”

Right? Exactly.

That’s how I felt reading this book: like chewing on saltine after saltine waiting for the moment when one of them had at least a tiny, little, dollop of caviar or a slide of a very good cheese.

Because that is what saltines are good for right? To carry great things!

So I wouldn’t mind the “and I went to see my mom. I talked to her. I told her I hate her. I told I was leaving” plain, short sentences, kind of emotionless writing if it was carrying a good story.

There was some hope. The story was about an abusive home, so there could be some good caviar coming!  At the end of the book you learned it is based of true events but even the recount of those events felt so void of emotion!

So I kept reading. Like when you are going through a huge bag of potato chips watching a horror movie waiting FOR THAT MOMENT.

The book is almost 80% flashbacks. It alternates from when the main character was fifteen and the present when she is twenty three. And it all felt the same! Too mature for fifteen. Too young for twenty-three.

There is the foreshadowing of an event disclosed at the first pages that was really genius and keeps you reading. Because something bad happens to someone and you JUST have to KNOW.

But in general…

The story arc… saltine
Character arc… saltine
Writing…. unsalted saltine
Love scenes… unsalted fat-free saltine [ugh WHY do they make those?]

So 50% into it I was going to give the book about two starts. Only a 180 degrees turn of the plot could make it anything other than two stars. So I kept reading waiting for a HUGE tragedy to strike one of the main characters.

And “when you wish upon a start”… sometimes miracles happen… as shown in my  GR updates…

 

So because of those twists, though still predictable, I gave it 3.2 stars.

And because this book is set in our habitat New England (Boston), like Big Little Lies.

And because it’s about Domestic violence, like like Big Little Lies

And because it’s based on true events.

If you like Big Little Lies or The Notebook, books about second chances, old flames that don’t die despite time and distance, then you may like this book! But don’t say I didn’t warn you about the saltines! 🙂

What to read next??? Here is my Goodreads “to read” shelf. Maybe I should to be a responsible Netgalley reviewer and try to read one of my forgotten ARCs. Something dark, not pinkish,  like The Cresswell Plot, by Eliza Wass.

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Book Review: It Ends with Us – 3.2 saltine stars

  • Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    Sorry IEWU was only a saltine book for you, Dragonfly 🙁 I’m a huge CoHo fan, and I really, really enjoyed this story. I think it’s because it actually managed to make me change my stance on some things – and that is really hard for a story to do…
    I hope you enjoyed your next reads much more! Saltine is pretty boring, right? 😉
    Happy Holidays!

  • Karen Blue

    I didn’t enjoy The Cresswell Plot. Sounds like I wouldn’t enjoy this book either. I am always suspicious about an author that can churn out book after book in the romance genre. I read one Colleen Hover book, I will stop right there The book was pretty good and I enjoyed it, but romance is not really my genre. At least right now, maybe that will change. Thanks for your honest review!

    • Our Familiarium Post author

      I haven’t read many good reviews about The Cresswell Plot Karen! So I’m not sure I’ll read it after all since I vowed to read only best sellers. I suspect that if I were a romance reader I would have liked this book more but you may be right! I may try at least another one of Colleen’s books because of all the hype 🙂 Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  • Lola

    I haven’t read this book, but I have heard a lot of good things about it. I have read another book by this author and I did enjoy that one. Too bad this one was only saltine for you, but it does sound like those lot twists saved the book for you. Your goodreads status nicely sums up the way your progressed and then ended up liking the book.

    • Our Familiarium Post author

      Yup I heard many good reviews about this author Lola so I’ll be checking our some of her books. Especially because, yes!, I did end up liking this one! 🙂 I finish it so that says A LOT in my case 🙂

  • AngelErin

    Sorry this was so saltine for you. I love CoHo books, but hey if it’s not for you then it’s not. I hope your next read is MUCH better. 😀 Also, I really enjoyed Six of Crow and The Passage. I recommend those! 😀