“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”
It Ends With Us was not what I expected it to be. I started the novel knowing next to nothing about the storyline except that it's a Colleen Hoover book and that it's suppose to be good. But if i'm being honest, I was a little disappointed. I was hoping for a light read with lots of feels but instead I got something much more intense.
It Ends with Us is the most personal and daring and painful book Colleen Hoover has ever written. Abuse and domestic violence are a delicate subject, and when I got to the point of this book I thought about not finishing it. So, by the end of the first half of the book, it becomes painfully obvious that this novel is not about romance. It's about heartache. There were times I was angry and times I was sad. And then I was both. And it's the worst, because there is a war raging inside me, and the winner side keeps changing. How is it possible to switch from denial to sorrow to fury to acceptance in a heartbeat? A part of me wants to forget this book.
My biggest complaint when it comes to It Ends With Us was how over the top it was. I get that people in real life have all kinds of issues, but if you're not going to give equal and considerate attention to each issue that you're tackling in a book, then it winds up just being messy. In It Ends With Us, EVERY single character had something seriously messed up happen to them. And I do mean EVERY. There's the homeless suicidal boy, the abusive parent, the boy who shot his brother in the brain when he was 6, the infertility issues and so much more. It's TOO much. It's almost as if the author decided to add all these topics to make the book forcefully emotional, like she tackled all of them just so readers find it an emotional tearjerker. If it had focused on the one big issue, it would have been a much much more powerful story, in my opinion.
It breaks my heart a little to say this, but I think it's time I broke up with Colleen Hoover's books. Her first few books are some of my favorite books of all-time, but her latest have been very mediocre and not to mention, frustrating. I went into It Ends With Us with an open-mind, but I still found the book to be trite and I felt a little bad for feeling so meh about it given the context and background of the story.
This book sends a really important and worthwhile message, but it's not enjoyable.