WHOA, I was not expecting that. Once again, my emotions!
Before I get into this review, I must tell you my naked truth: I loved this book. 

Its best to go into reading this blind and don’t read the reviews because the plotline is a major spoiler, which I noticed many reviewers have revealed in their reviews, despite it being spoiler free. I had only read the summary and it didn’t tell me what subject the story was based on. I just got the impression that it’s another steamy NA romance with drama thrown here and there. Clearly, I was wrong. That's the good thing about going into a highly rated book with super low expectations. You’re not disappointed in the end. This book is just buzzing with 4 and 5 star reviews. Colleen Hoover books are known to be either a hit or a miss. This one is a hit. 

So, our main character is called Lily who is twenty-three years old. Lily has had a difficult upbringing but has since then graduated from college and moved to Boston to start her own business. And I think that's all you need to know, without spoiling it. This wouldn’t be a Colleen Hoover book without a smidge of romance, so there is definitely romance in this but you probably already knew that. 

Just to warn you, this book does content some graphic content.

Colleen Hoover has a way with words. Its written in the first person point of view and the more you read on, her words come to life and you begin to feel all the things that our main character experiences. That in itself is makes it very personal story. I haven’t even read any other Hoover book other than the Never Never novellas but I just know this book is so much different from her other books. First things for sure, we don’t have a problematic relationship, which is a constant theme that I hear that occurs in Hoover’s books. 

It was such a raw and honest, yet powerful story. It tugged on my heart. Made me feels some feelings that I didn’t want to feel. If I’m aware that a book’s sad, then I always go into it, cold, thinking its not going to effect me but it always does in the end! Why? Because I am human with feelings. Go figure. I always say this, but its strange how words put together can evoke emotions from a reader. I am aware that I am being emotionally manipulated though. The only negativity I have to say is that some things escalated too quickly. This book moves faster than I’m reading it.

I’ve read my fair share of NA books and I know what to expect from it. I have a love-hate relationship with it. I went into this thinking I had this book all figured out. I didn’t. It's a brutally realistic book, but what I expect and want from a book, something real. It certainly takes a twist from repetitive troupes. If you’ve read Colleen Hoover’s other books and you did not like it, you have to go and read this one. I could not stop thinking about it after I finished it. This has convinced me to read her other books! Overall, a 4 stars out of 5 from me.

 

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