Warning: A minefield of spoilers. Proceed with caution.
Atria Books | Paperback, 370 pages
March 18th, 2014
Adult Fiction | Romance
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
Colleen Hoover quickly cemented her name as a beloved author in record fashion. Her books are much awaited for, and coveted by readers of YA and New Adult alike. She gets it right every time; so much so that I have very little to say on the odd times that I didn’t enjoy her book.
I must admit that I’ve heard some rumblings of a love triangle and that there was cheating involved. All in all, I was unimpressed to learn of such disturbing rumours. When this book arrived in the mail, I was apprehensive. I didn’t want to read it, but much like her other books, resistance was futile. Once again, Hoover fiercely got her hooks on me. I couldn’t turn away – couldn’t stop reading even if my life depended on it.
Let me be clear, I hate cheaters. I hate books about them, and I will not excuse anyone from this act of ultimate betrayal. But for once, I’ve never felt more inclined to defend someone. Such is the predicament that I faced with this book. It exposes my hypocrisy as a reader, and Colleen’s ability to make me shut up and read.
The love Ridge felt for Megan seems so infinite, encompassing; so steadfast that it seems no one, and nothing can come asunder. Theirs was the love that was held strong by years of friendship and a common bond. But when a love is not meant to be, the end is an inevitability no matter how strong it may be. It was difficult to swallow the facets of their relationship that led to the demise. I felt I was detached, and unable to give sympathy when the end came. Sure, Sydney was the catalyst, but the reality is, they were ticking time bombs. If this was another book, this is where I’ll argue and accuse the author of conveniently doing away with a character just to make the focal relationship work. This is not the case, however. I will not mention the reason why they broke up (aside from the obvious); just know that I accepted it half-heartedly.
This brings me to Sydney. I don’t really have much opinion about her, to be honest. She found herself in a role-reversal of sorts. Being someone who just got cheated on was no picnic in the park. But finding solace in Ridge also invited troubles that she’d promised herself she wouldn’t be a part of. All in all, I think they’re all to blame; for being weak, for being dishonest, but I can’t blame them for being human.
Overall, much can be contested about the moral dilemmas of the characters in this book, and it will be all for naught. What’s done is done. Everybody ends up being happy one way or another. And really, that’s all that matters. This was a good book, well-written story about love’s ability to expose a person’s strength amidst his or her frailties. Walking away from a loved one may be hard, but sometimes, it’s the only right thing left to do.