E-Book, 338 Pages
NA/ Romance/ Contemporary
By: Colleen Hoover
“Sometimes I believe personalities are shaped more by damage than kindness. Kindness doesn’t sink as deep into your skin as the damage does. The damage stains your soul so bad, you can’t scrub it off. It stays there forever, and I feel like people can see all my damage just by looking at me.”
Ever since I read It Ends with Us by CoHo, I have been reading her newer releases too. So far, I think this was my 5th book by her which will be followed by her new release later this month. I am mostly a fantasy reader but I read some romance every now and then when I want a lighter fluffier read. What took me some time to realize is that CoHo’s books are great because they’re not that! Romance novels are usually criticized for being cheesy and too fluffy but I think Hoover can deliver so much more in her books (I am not against cheesy romance novels, in fact I do enjoy them).
I also love the fact that an internationally best selling author decided to self publish some of her books and still have so much success. I don’t understand the legal part of the industry but I think more authors should be doing this to break the stigma around self publishing! This novel follow Beyah who finds herself in a new place that is nothing like her tragic past in poverty.
Hoover’s prose just clutches the reader until they are done with the book. I read the books by her in 1-2 days maximum and I see that most readers finish them in a day too. The writing is gritty and the themes can be uncomfortable but I think that is part of the charm. The fact that there is always a contemporary part to the story that discusses an important subject make them much more than just a love story.
“Hearts don’t have bones. They can’t actually break.”
It took me some time to warm to the characters but once I did I really cared about them. There was a plot twist as usual and expected from Hoover but I found myself on the verge of tearing by the end which means the book had an impact on me and which solidified my rating!
Summary: My last two books by the author were Verity and Layla which were different in genre to this. This is more of Hoover’s specialty which is a romance/ contemporary story involving some theme and discussing it. I enjoyed the story and I finished it pretty fast. I will be reading her next book as soon as it is released!