Let me start off by saying that if domestic violence is a trigger for you, then this may not be a book to add to your TBR (to-be-read) list. Otherwise, keep reading.
In the book It Ends with Us, Lily Bloom hasn’t had the easiest life. In addition to witnessing her father abuse her mother, she later found herself in a similar position with her own partner, Ryle Kincaid.
Ryle is a surgeon who’s in search of a fling, while Lily, a college graduate working at a marketing firm, is looking for something meaningful and worthwhile. The two have differing wants but eventually find their way to each other and become a couple.
Things started off great for the two of them but later turned sour when Ryle’s anger and true colors began to show. Following the first incident of him putting his hands on Lily, she thought it was something that wouldn’t happen again but later came to the harsh reality that things were getting worse.
I heard so much hype surrounding this book and its sequel on social media that I had to pick it up. This was one of my first books back into reading for leisure and it was honestly better than I expected it to be. It definitely lived up to the hype.
On top of the book being a great read, the book tackles the topic of domestic violence for young people, something not spoken about much on a platform at large as this one. Instead of making things work out perfectly for the main character as some authors do, Hoover gave a more realistic approach of what violent relationships can turn into and how they aren’t the easiest to get out of.
The primary lesson I took away from this new adult genre read is that domestic violence and abuse should be more widely discussed. Also, paying attention to the signs the first time can avoid keeping yourself in an unwanted and dangerous situation.
Hopefully, more authors will continue to write about important topics such as domestic violence to spread awareness about the dangers of being in an abusive relationship. Speaking on these issues opens people’s eyes to what these situations can look like so they can do their part to help those suffering. Great job Colleen Hoover for not only producing a great read but also bringing attention to an issue more common than one might think.
According to Deadline.com, the book is being adapted into a feature film with Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni in the leading roles. Unfortunately, it’s hard to say when the movie might debut because of the writers’ and actors’ strikes currently happening. Stay tuned here for an update.
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Columbia College Chicago
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