“Life is a funny thing. We only get so many years to live it, so we have to do everything we can to make sure those years are as full as they can be. We shouldn’t waste time on things that might happen someday, or maybe even never.”
Lily Bloom lived a tough childhood. Her father was abusive to her mother most of the time, and her mother always lets him do whatever he wants without defending herself. Lily watched her father hit her mother mercilessly all the time, which gave her a solid reason to hate her father for how cruel he honestly is. She couldn’t keep her rage bottled up, so she decided to start writing in her diary every day. All of her diary entries were addressed to Ellen Degeneres, because she was obsessed with her show. After a couple of years, Lily graduated from college, and moved to Boston. One day, her mother called her to attend her father’s funeral. When her turn came to stand and talk about her father, she froze and couldn’t talk, because there wasn’t a good memory of him with her or her mother in the back of her mind to tell everyone about. She remembered him as the cruelest person ever. She left the funeral, went to a building’s rooftop, and cried her heart out. But, she stopped when she realized that she wasn’t the only one on the rooftop. There was a man standing there. They both talked about why they’re here. And from that moment her life isn’t the same anymore. However, lily always dreamed of opening a flower shop since she was a little girl. She loved to grow plants and care for them. So, she left her job, and bought a place for her business. Over the months, she was seeing Ryle Kincaid, the man she met on the rooftop. He is a smart neurosurgeon, rich, and handsome. Things were going pretty well with her relationship, but when she came across someone from her past, Atlas Corrigan, her first love, Lily’s life becomes more complicated than ever.
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I’ve never read a book that overwhelmed so much to the point where I needed to stop and take a deep breath. At the beginning I was like OK! This book seems like any romance book, but when I continued reading, things were getting so messed up and real. Lily’s character is so brave. The way she was helping Atlas, despite being afraid of everyone, she knew she was doing the right thing. Watching her mother gets beaten up by her father, and refusing to leave him, made her pity her mother so much. She always told herself that she doesn’t want to be her mother when she grow up, and to never let a man break her soul over and over without standing for herself. However, when Lily married Ryle, and suddenly he got abusive and treated her weirdly. She felt horrified and lost. I mean, who could blame her! When he pushed her down the stairs and he told her that she just fell down, even though she knew he pushed her on purpose, she didn’t believe this side of him at all. I really cried when Lily told her mother “I want to be you when i grow up”. I personally think that Lily and Ryle were drawn to each other with passion and love, and that’s an amazing thing. They were both passionate about what they do. Ryle was a talented neurosurgeon, and Lily was a creative and smart florist. Despite how successful and brilliant he is, there was something wrong with him, and Lily couldn’t live with someone who could harm at any moment. Let’s talk about Atlas. He was someone who made Lily feel safe, loved, and protected. Growing up with a violent father, Lily couldn’t trust boys at all, but when she met Atlas, he proved her the opposite. Atlas is one of those sane and kind characters that you can’t help yourself but fall in love with them. I loved Lily and Allysa’s friendship. They were so true to each other. Colleen Hoover’s book explores so many serious themes, but I think domestic abuse is the most important theme. The book sends out a message for those women who suffer from abusive partners, to never blame themselves and ask for help if they need to. In conclusion, I would honestly recommend this book to anyone. This is the most influential and personal book I have ever read. It’s a must read!