I started reading this while on vacation in the Canary Islands, and that probably wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had. By the end of it I was bawling my eyes out, and let me tell you: Not a pretty sight to witness lounging in the sun!
Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: August 2nd 2016
In the book we meet a girl by the name of Lily. She is the daughter of the town mayor and born with a reputation to keep up. This doesn’t mean she’s always had it easy, or prevented her in working hard for her dream. And things are finally looking bright for Lily, she has graduated college, moved to Boston and started her own business. Add Ryle to the picture, a beautiful, charismatic neurosurgeon- and things couldn’t have looked better. However, around the same time as Atlas, her first love, appears in her life again, everything takes a turn for the worst. Lily is left having to make one of the hardest decision of her life.
I feel like this is a book best enjoyed if you don’t necessarily know much of the back story, before reading it. Go in at least semi-blind, and just enjoy the hart ache and happiness it brings you.
One thing I must say though, is that I absolutely loved this book. I honestly don’t know what took me so long to read it! It is beautifully written, with a plot and message so heartbreaking and wonderful, I honestly didn’t know what to do with myself afterwords.
If you have read any of Hoover’s previous books, I can tell you this one is a bit different from what she usually writes. For one, the chapters are’t alternating between one female and male protagonist’s POV, but stays focused on Lily the entire time. The content of the book is also a bit more mature and heavy-hearted than her earlier books, and the subject can be a sensitive matter for a lot of people. Nonetheless, I still loved the book to pieces and would recommend it to absolutely anyone!