It Ends With Us

it ends with usSometimes the one who loves you is the one who hurts you the most. 

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. 

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. 

As questions about her new relations hip overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threathened. 

I was not able to post for five months because of some unexpected circumstances.

But here I am, doing my first review for the year 2017! Yay!

It Ends with US… What can I say? I really loved this book. Learned a lot. Felt a lot… It was a mixture of happiness, anger, sadness, fear and everything else in between.

It was beautifully written in a way that you keep on reading the book until you realize you’re already on the last chapter.

I loved all the characters in this story including Ryle, although he’s stubborn and arrogant, etc.

I really don’t know how to go on with this review without spoiling you. I really want you to read this book. Maybe the next few lines are my thoughts and what I felt on this book (AND SPOILERS).

Ryle’s Behavior. I really felt sorry for Ryle… Although he did, what he did, I felt that I understand why he did it (oh my! Did I just use DID 3x??? LOL). He was trying, he was really trying to be a good husband to Lily but then I really do understand the decision of Lily to get a divorce and eventually get back with Atlas. I just felt that what Ryle needed was Lily’s honesty. It broke my heart even more for Ryle when Lily said that she wanted a divorce right after she gave birth, right after Ryle held their baby. Ouch.

Naked Truths. This is what I like about Lily and Ryle’s relationship, they tell naked truths — that is why I was so angry at Lily when she did not tell Ryle about that stupid Ref magnet. I feel that there’s something wrong while reading that part and why can’t Lily feel it?? But then… I understand why Lily did not tell him the truth (TORN) but how i wished she just told him — I think that will really change how they ended up.

I was really torn while I’m reading this book. I am torn.

Ellen Letters. I love how the story of Atlas and Lily were told through the letters of Lily to Ellen (though they were never sent). I came to love Atlas as well, how he was so protective of Lily, how he cared for Lily and how he would do everything to make her happy.

ATLAS VS RYLE. I think I kind of understand Ryle more and I am into his character more because he was more human to me (Did I just use more 3x??? LOL) , in a way that he has several flaws and he is not perfect. I see Atlas as someone who is perfect… An ideal kind of guy (which I think is so hard to find these days!) But don’t get me wrong… I love both characters… I know the history of Atlas but I’m just really into the good character who sometimes do bad things.

Just keep Swimming. I loved this line… Finding nemo was one of my favorite cartoons and Dory is my favorite character. I used how it was used by Atlas and Lily in their life’s journey. How this simple statement helped them to keep going on and moving on from their lives. And I really love what Atlas told Lily at the end of the story… “You can stop swimming now, Lily. We finally reached the shore.”

The other characters. Marshall, Alyssa and Lily’s mother — i loved them all. Their characters were strong in so many ways. I love how Colleen Hoover writes about these characters – you would easily fall in love with them and somehow can relate to these characters and understand everything about them.

Sometimes even grown women need their mother’s comfort so we can just take a break from having to be strong all the time. I really felt like crying when I read this line. I think there is no better support than family… most especially mothers.

Domestic Violence. This is really the center of this story, at first I thought that it was just a love triangle but then this story shows the struggle of a woman under an abusive man. The struggle of being a single mother. The struggle in every relationship. The struggle of decision making and struggle to go on with life.

I gave this book 4.5 out 5 stars just because  I want something more. I need more. What happened to Atlas and Lily? How will Lily tell her ex-husband about Atlas???

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Where She Went

where-she-wentIt’s been three years since the devastating accident… three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia us a rising star at Julliard and Adam is a bona fide rock star, complete with tabloid headlines and a celebrity girlfriend. 

Then chance brings them together again, for one night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future and to each other.

After that cliffhanger in IF I STAY… this conclusion to this duology is beautifully written. I like it even more because the story was on the point of view of ADAM (whom I really really love!). After three and a half years, ADAM and MIA met again. Questions were answered, as to why Mia left and never came back; what happened with each of them after Mia left three years ago…

Gayle Forman’s writing is interesting and exceptional. She genuinely writes about topics such as grief, loss, love, acceptance and letting go. She intersperse the present with flashbacks that fill in the gaps of the years since Mia’s tragic accident.

The confusion, the hate, the heartbreak of Adam was really felt.

But again… I really think there is something wrong with Mia… What if ADAM was not in her concert? Will she ever reach out and explain why she left? I feel really sorry for Adam…

Basically, I really think this is better than If I Stay. The first book was really heavy and tragic and was confusing at times… but this story… this story is more real…

“A day might be just twenty-four hours but sometimes getting through just one seems as impossible as scaling Everest.”

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If I Stay

if-i-stayOn a day that started like any other…

Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left – the most important decision she’ll ever make. 

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving. 

I’ve heard a lot of love and hate about this book. Here’s what I thought…. This book has its ups and downs.

First, this story is told by Mia (main character) and this is her journey after a tragic accident involving her and her family.  Her soul kind of separated from her body — and the soul was the one narrating the story (kinda weird, but well, who knows?).

What I don’t like in the story: MIA. I really was not able to love Mia. Her character is bland. She has issues with herself and it really annoys me. The way she thinks and acts doesn’t really suit her age.

What I like in the story:

  • I like how interesting and unusual the narration is (but again, i really don’t like the narrator). It has flashbacks which gives the readers  a clearer picture of ‘what was it like’ before the accident.
  • I like that it involves music and I like the idea that music can bring two different people together.
  • I love the family of Mia — totally cool (including her grandpa and grandma, aunts and uncles). I love how they were so supportive and they were someone whom you can talk to about anything and everything.
  • I also kind of like Kim (Mia’s bestfriend), i like how she was supportive of Mia and how she was already a part of the family.
  • ADAM. I don’t know. I think I have a soft spot for rock stars! (lol) I just love his character, how he loved Mia and her family. I like all the effort that he’s done for MIA.

 

This story is bitter sweet, I like it but don’t really love it. At the end of the story, there is this curiosity, there is a question — what’s next? I love how it ended. That cliffhanger will annoy and excite you.

 

Love, it never dies, it never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on it.

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Isla and the Happily Ever After

Love ignites in the City that never sleeps.

islaHopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. 

I want to say that this book is my least favorite among the three.

This book takes place in New York then Paris. It is a story on how Isla fell in love with Josh (we learned about Josh in Anna and the French Kiss). Isla has always wanted Josh, and now that Josh is finally single, everything comes together rather perfectly at first — until Josh’s risk-taking and broody family life (and Isla’s insecurities) get in the way.

I like how all of the main characters from the previous books came together at the end of this story. How St. Claire proposed to Anna (they are really my fave!!).

This book is not good but it is not that bad either. It just lacks the magic and the connection that the two previous books have.

The more things cha3starsnge, the more they stay the same…

LOLA and the Boy Next Door

LOLA.jpgCould the boy from her past be the love of her future?

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion… she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more fun, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect in Lola’s world, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend. That is, until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood and unearth a past of hurt and anguish that Lola thought was long buried. When talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. 

After falling in love with Anna and St. Claire, another two lovable characters that you surely don’t wanna miss!!! Lola and Cricket! I like the creativity of both characters;i like how they characters complement each other. I like Lola’s costume! Like it is her way of telling the world that she’s different(although some may not like the sparkles and colors). I also like Lola’s family, not just an ordinary family but a family with two dads. I like how they support, guide and take care of Lola in the best way they can.

Stephanie Perkins is really good in writing stories about love, friendship, relationship. I love how she’s able to get readers attention on the first few sentences of the story. As MTV.com said “another unputdownable read.”

Oh! Anna and St. Claire are included in this story! After Anna and the the French Kiss, I want more from them — so here it is! Though its not that much but at least there’s a glimpse! 🙂

A story of love, friendship, decisions and growing up.

“I don’t want to give you this broken, empty me. I want you to have me when I’m full, when I can give something back to you.”

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Anna and the French Kiss

annaCan Anna Find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater,who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Ettiene St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken – and might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

If you love romantic novels, this is for you. It was well written and is so easy to love. I love all of the characters (most especially St. Clair)!!!!!! I love the setting of the story (what’s not to Love in the City of Lights??!).

This story is smart and really depicts a realistic story of people who are falling in love. There are the struggles, the doubts, the questions like “but-does-he-like-me?”.

If you  are looking for a book that will give you the feeling of excitement and love, read this book.

If you are looking for a book that will not give you any questions while reading it or will not leave you wondering why?– read this book.

If you are looking for an easy read but with a good story and with good characters, read this book.

If you want to fall in love, want to feel the love, want to have the chance in love again. This is the book.

His friendship alone has strengthened me in a way that no one else’s ever has…

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The Help

the-helpThree ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step….

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, but it is 1962. Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone. 

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed. 

I love this book because there’s a lot that I learned from it. Stockett has a way of giving the readers a clear picture of what is happening; what experiences the characters are having. You’ll love the protagonist in this story… Skitter, Aibe, Minny… and you’ll be able to hate those characters here that discriminate those people lower than them, but you’ll come to understand that even though their lives are perfect from the outside, they are broken inside.

This book is engrossing, funny and striking. It will open your eyes to what happened or what is still happening in our society.

Three words to describe what I felt after reading this story…. HAPPINESS…. INSPIRATION… SERENITY…

A beautiful story. A story of discrimination and making a difference to change something in a perfectly imperfect society.

We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought.