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It Ends With Us: The emotional #1 Sunday Times bestseller

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there are some books you read for pleasure and there are some you read to gain knowledge and perspective. It's been a couple of days since I finished 'It Ends With Us' and I'm still thinking about Lily's story. The narrative is interspersed with letters that Lily wrote as a teenager and they are addressed to Ellen Degeneres - a strange touch that ends up being absolutely perfect. We dare you not to stay up all night reading Honey and Spice (chosen as a Reese Witherspoon and TikTok book club pick) or My Life with the Walter Boys, now a popular Netflix series.

EDIT: I read this book when it first came out (as an ARC) and did love it, however, with the continuation of the story I feel like it has tainted (or just changed) my view on this one.Furthermore, I found that the side romance in general greatly took away from the purpose of the book. As well as all this emotion and sadness that I'm being coy about, Hoover also brings out some of her very best writing. Although it’s understandable to feel bad for what he had to go through, it is all used to manipulate and abuse Lily. I took a gander at my friends’ reviews before I started typing this and noticed my buddy Chelsea was the only other naysayer in the batch.

The story is based on a girl left to survive on her own deep in the marshland of the Carolinas, where she has been abandoned, and mistrusted by almost everyone. However well intentioned this cathartic passion project was, its reception as a work of fiction is devout of nuance, the white knight message of It Ends With Us completely undercut by its blatant romanticism of abuse.The two become involved in a fake relationship to salvage their reputations and futures, but as Kiki gets to know Malakai more she’s forced to look beyond her presumptions. I loved that this is one of those books you experience differently (in a good way) both the first and second time though. In comparison to Kate Elizabeth Russell’s harrowing depiction of abuse in My Dark Vanessa, the tone of It Ends With Us feels acutely inappropriate.

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