“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.”
Everyone makes mistakes. The thing about mistakes is, you can opt to not do them again. You have the conscious ability to stop doing those mistakes. If you do it again, that makes everything different. You don’t consider it as mistakes anymore. You consider them as a habit. Something that you cannot control yourself in doing.
I’m not going to delve in depth with that though because I don’t want to go into spoilers in this review. All I can say is that, this book has so much to tell its readers. I really appreciate Colleen Hoover even more by telling this story. After the Epilogue, there would be a short author’s note about why she wrote this book, and it really pulled on my heartstrings. If you read this book, make sure to read that part, because you’ll understand how personal this story is for her.
Okay. So going back to the review.
THINGS I LOVED:
1. Lily, the female protagonist of this book was so easy to love.
I fell in love with her, almost immediately. There were things, back when she was younger, that she shouldn’t have been exposed to. This thing actually affected how she handled her relationship when she got older. I felt that this was a very accurate representation of how a person would act being in the situation she was in. I may not have been in the exact same situation as she was in, but how she reasons for the things that were happening was something I know all too well.
2. Atlas. I loved him so much.
Atlas was someone from Lily’s past. As a character, I really loved him, but how he was used in the story, was something I’d have to talk about in my not so favorite things about this book.
3. Alyssa was a sweetheart. Her and Marshall were just one of the best side characters ever.
4. Lily’s relationship with her mom is actually something I really loved. I could sort of relate to it quite a bit too. Lily’s mom was not perfect, but one thing is for sure, she loves Lily she was willing to accept stuff that she shouldn’t be.
5. Young Lily’s letters to Ellen Degeneres. It’s seriously really cute. It’s like her diary, only instead of saying “Dear Diary”, she says “Dear Ellen” like they’re friends.
6. Keep swimming. It’s a quote used quite a lot in this book. It’s from Finding Nemo, I think. But this line is from Dory. The way it was used in this book was just great!
7. The relationships in this book was amazing.
I liked the relationship Lily had with every character in this book, whether it be with Atlas, Ryle, her mother, her father, Allysa. They were all done incredibly well. I bought how the relationships blossomed for others and fell apart for some.
8. Ryle is a very important character in this book. I’m not going to say how or why, but all you need to know is that, he was used in a way that it made me sympathized for his situation, but at the same time, hate him for it. He was a very conflicted character and I loved it.
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE:
1. Aside from Lily, I really liked Atlas. I really wish we had more time to really get to know him. He had a big part in Lily’s past, but I didn’t feel it transcended well to the present. I felt there was a slight disservice to his character, which is a shame.
2. While I loved this book, the journey to the end of this book was… all over the place.
I admire Lily’s decision in the end, but the Epilogue just ruined it for me.
It involved Lily and Atlas. I just wished there was no Epilogue. I wish it ended on the last chapter, because the last line on the final chapter was on point. It was fucking perfect, but then the Epilogue just… ruined it. What a shame.
Overall, I am really impressed with this book. I didn’t want to stop reading it, but life, you know, often gets in the way of my reading! Shame on you. Kidding aside though, this book, would grip you to its pages. It would make you turn and turn the pages until you find get to the point where it will be breaking your heart, but you turn the pages anyways.
This book was definitely heartbreaking. It dealt with some difficult topics in such a beautiful and caring way. It didn’t shove it in your face, like some books would. It eased you into the story. It made you understand why the characters were in the situation they were in, which I think, is what made this book beautiful.
Was this the most heartbreaking book I’ve ever read? Definitely a no, that would always be reserved for Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, but this book would break your heart nonetheless.
A highly recommended Colleen Hoover book! If you have not read any of her books, read any one
just not Ugly Love please. of them. They’re all great. This book though, is one of my favorites.