I’ve always found that the best books are the ones that make you think and spur the need to talk about it such as JoJo Moyes’ Me Before You. Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us is one of those rare books that will stay with you for days, weeks, and months after reading. I think Hoover is an amazing writer and I always look forward to her books. The first novel that I read of hers was Hopeless. It was one of the first books that I had read in a long time from the Young Adult genre and it could have just as easily been found on an adult reading list. Her most recent new release prior to It Ends With Us, November 9, also did not disappoint. With eager anticipation of her latest release, I began to see social media hype calling this her best book. While following her on Facebook and Instagram (follow us here), Hoover stated that this book was the most difficult book to write in her entire career because of how personal it was. Everywhere you looked sang praises for the book but they all said the same thing—go in blind.
How do you go into a book blind? Don’t read the summary? Avoid reviews? That is just what I did. With promises of an amazing book, I began reading with knowing little about the premise of the book nor did I read any of the advanced reviews. First, what an amazing testament to Hoover’s fan base that she was able to heavily promote this book without giving anything about the book away. Secondly, I’m so glad that I listened to the warning about going in blind. I’m not sure that I would have loved this book as much as I did if I’d known anything about the characters or the plot. With that being said, I want you to have the same experience. I know, I know—how do you give a book a glowing recommendation without telling the readers anything about it?
What I can tell you is that this book is based on a romance which you find out from the first chapter. I can tell you that you will fall in love with the characters. I can tell you that you will want to simultaneously devour and savor every chapter of this book. You will feel the need to consume it all at once while at the same time needing to take a break because you aren’t sure if you’re ready to find out what happens. Yes there is angst, but let me tell you, this transcends the typical angst you might find in a typical Hoover book. This angst is something that you will learn from and it will make you question your beliefs. It will make you a more understanding human being and create a new understanding that you didn’t’ know you needed. It will also make you want to share this book with those that you love. And after all, what more could you ask for in a book?