It Ends With Us

This book completely surprised me to tears. The plot twist it has. The simply amazing way Colleen Hoover spreads the moral value this book has. Not to mention the beautiful relationship between the two main characters.

I know it’s not the best considering the abusive part of the relationship but it’s still beautiful. She shows us how woman has to be strong to be a daughter, a woman, and a mother. She shows us how man has to be patient and accepts if he really is the one who is in the wrong side.

The relationship they have isn’t the good one. No, it isn’t. It’s beautiful because the woman grown up to be the strong woman to defend herself, her rights, about what man she really deserve despite the love she feels towards her husband. She does love her husband. But then again it’s really the matter of ourselves, about how we value ourselves. If she isn’t comfortable enough to continue the relationship, why bother to move on to the next level? She’ll hurt herself more if she did. And her daughter? She doesn’t wish her to know so early about the bad things her husband did to her mother. She wants her to know that her father really is an amazing person too.

And then there’s this man. Who really loves the woman, but never hesitate to lay his hands on her and never hesitate to say sorry either. He knows it’s completely wrong, but he can’t help it as much as he can’t help his childhood trauma to be vanished in his mind. It’s not that easy, but he still want to learn to be better. Learn to stay away and to let go the woman he loves. At the first it’s not easy, of course. She still has that effect in him, vice versa. But he still learns. And to finally let her go, he learns from his daughter, who just born into the world, who he really can’t imagine to have future husband like him. It’s the way her mother opens his heart to finally let go. To know that their daughter deserves better family.

That’s the moral value I got after I read this book. It’s just that amazing the way the story turned out.

At first, I couldn’t help but feel this just as cliche as the most YA novel. With the flirting phase, insta-attraction, the turns-out-my-gonna-be-bestfriend-is-his-sister phase, the sex scenes, and so on. I don’ feel any change in my heart, except that I love Ryle’s personality enough I can flutter when I read the way he treated Lily before the abuse. Their relationship escalated quickly I’m worried there’s gonna be major change between them and it did. Worse even. I was as shocked as Lily was about Ryle, yet I still hope that they will be okay. In the end, it’s not just okay, but even better.

The first love phase thou, is the one that amazed me. It started out unusually. Unfortunately it was told as diary entries, but I’m satisfied about how unique the idea is. I still can guess how some events turned out, but I’m still amazed. I can’t help but flip the next pages until the epilogue and I can’t sleep before I write about this.

The two main characters developed throughout the story. The abuse did make them grown up. That’s what I really like about this book. From the hesitation she felt when she noticed their unhealthy relationship to the determination when she decided the best for her and people she loves, Ryle included. She can accept Ryle in her life, but she won’t let herself experience the same thing twice.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. Sex scenes aside, the characters development and the moral value it has deserve 5 stars. Not that the sex scenes are problem. I just prefer they are told in the simple and beautiful way than the detailed one.