Colleen Hoover is a number one New York Times bestselling author.
A book title speaks to its content in many ways, but in the case of this book, the meaning becomes evident only when you read the complete book and reach the end. It's a unique story. It reveals the impact of domestic violence on children and how it influences their thinking as they grow up and lead their lives.
The book evokes powerful emotions. It was an emotional roller coaster while reading this book. This is the first time I have read a book by Colleen Hoover, but I cannot wait to start on some of her other books after reading this book.
The book has many lessons. My biggest takeaway was the importance of standing up for what you believe in, even if you have to navigate challenging situations. It is a romantic story, but the end comes as a surprise. It is not the usual happy ending making you think all is well that ends well.
I love all the characters in the book. They all feel so authentic. All of them are strong, honest and make tough choices. I admire Lily and her mother. The way Lily controls her life and stays courageous, and faces the situation, is admirable. She has never had it easy in life and always worked hard for whatever she wanted. After graduation, Lily wanted to start her own business. She moved to Boston and started a contemporary flower shop. She meets Ryle in Boston, and the two hit it off. Ryle is a neurosurgeon. They are the polar opposite of each other. Only when Lily's first love, Adam re-appears, it threatens Lily and Ryle's relationship.
"There is no such thing as bad people. We're all just people who sometimes do bad things". It requires courage to make such statements when your life partner abuses you, even if it occasionally happens because of some known, incurable problems. You can see Lily moving from denial to sorrow, fury and acceptance. She loves Ryle, but she feels hurt and sorry for him simultaneously. She is forced to take a tough call on their relationship for the safety of their newborn child. Lily's childhood memories of her abusive father and mother's struggles influence her decision.
The book is unputdownable. The twist in the story keeps you engaged till the end. It is a refreshing read. I highly recommend everyone to read this book.
Best Line, "That's what fifteen minutes can do to a person. It can destroy them. It can save them".