by Colleen Hoover
Published August 2nd 2016
“Naked truths aren’t always pretty.”
Two months. That’s how long it took for me to finally get the courage to read this book. It was my most anticipated book of 2016. I had my kindle copy pre-ordered months before it was released and even sent my boyfriend for the paperback since they don’t sell Colleen Hoover’s books in Kenya. I had both copies with me but I was too chicken to read it. I was not ready to go through any emotional roller-coaster. What pushed me to pick it up this time was my small sister. She wanted to borrow the book and I didn’t want her to read it before me because her reaction to it would ruin it for me. Seeing that I was holding her from reading the book, I decided to dive in. two months was enough to lower my expectations.
Less than 10 hours. That’s how long it took for me to finish the book. Once I opened it, I found it hard to put it down even when it came to going to get some dinner. That’s typical with any Colleen Hoover book I have ever read. She has a way of bringing to life beautiful narrations and this one has to be her best one yet. It definitely is. I had to do stuff in between while I was reading this and I never wanted to stop. I just had to get through it. I was done with the book at around 3AM and it was worth it when I had a hard time getting up this morning. And the result was exactly what I expected, an emotional roller-coaster I am not sure I’ll get over anytime soon.
I went in completely blind and that’s what I will advise anyone who wants to pick it up, don’t pry too much before reading this. It will ruin the experience, trust me on this. I kept away from the reviews that didn’t say spoiler free and I am so glad I did that. I don’t think I would have loved it as much as I did if I had known anything to do with the plot. That’s the thing with Colleen Hoover’s books, I always go in blind. I rarely even read the blurb, that’s how much I have grown to trust her work. The experience is always amazing even when the book is emotional. She has a way I tell you and God bless her and her talent.
Lily. I was truly feeling everything she was experiencing throughout the book and it just made me view her situation in a different light. I just cannot imagine how much strength a person needs to do what she did and I have to commend everyone who makes the choice tough as it may be. That’s why I feel that this is a book that everyone should read. I am a very opinionated person when it comes to this subject but I could see how it can become complicated. I don’t want to talk too much about it lest I give anything away.
The message throughout the book is what is really important and how she tied it to the title was amazing. The whole thing had me sobbing in my room like an idiot in the dark. I cried! That seems to be normal with me but this time was different. The fact that the story is tied to the author’s mother made it even more heartbreaking. I could not the tears from falling. There was a point where it was apparent what the whole issue was but that didn’t stop my heart from breaking every time something happened. It was all so raw and honest. She built it up in such an amazing way from the first page, literally everything added up in the end.
I don’t even want to go into the characters because I might give something away but I want to mention Allysa. I think she was my favorite person in the book and she showed her love in the best way possible when it mattered the most. We all need an Allysa in our lives. I wish I had an Allysa in my life, I wouldn’t mind her and her money too. Ha-ha! She was such a relatable character and I could connect with her and her love for Pinterest because which twenty something year old is not a ‘Pinterest whore’? We all have that DIY board in our Pinterest and we have tried a thing or two here and there. I have. Many times.
The ending of the book was beyond amazing. It tied everything together. But the absolute amazing part of the book was the author’s note. That was the bit that had me crying for a while after I had put down the book as if the whole story wasn’t enough to make me bawl she had to add that bit. Her honesty in those last few words had me feeling like I need to be superwoman and go around hugging the people who have been through such things. She wasn’t sacred to let her into her personal life, not afraid of all the judgement that could come from different people. Hats off to her and her entire family.
See the way I am hyping it? That’s what had me staying away from the book. It was too hyped up. Too many people saying wonderful things about it and I was so sure I would be disappointed because I’d go in expecting too much. I didn’t want the book to disappoint me because Colleen is definitely my favorite author. I have never missed a single book of hers. I read them on the day they are released so that I don’t have to hear what anyone has to say about them. But all the pre-release ratings of this one were perfect and that escalated my excitement so I had to read a lot of books in between just to settle my heart down.
I love quoting books and there were so many beautiful ones in this book but I don’t want to share them. If I do, I will give something away without trying to. So I picked out two out of the many I have highlighted in my book.
“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.”
Pick up this book! Most definitely the best book I have read in 2016. She always ends up giving me my favorite books every year. Colleen, you are amazing! I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.
Unfortunately, I haven’t come across a bookstore that sells her books in Kenya and so I rely mostly on my kindle or iBook copy. But with this one, as I mentioned earlier, I sent my boyfriend for a copy when he was in Europe. I just had to have the paperback version too.