“Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen seconds that we’ll never get back.”
POWERFUL, PROVOCATIVE AND PAINFUL
Naked truth: I spent a whole day in bed reading Colleen Hoover’s 2016 novel and wanted to delete pages and replace them with my own version… It hurt Colleen, it really hurt.
I give it 5/5 Naked Truths.
Colleen has taken a very serious topic, in which I believe is close to home for her, and really explored the grey within it. This book is an experience, not simply an enjoyable read. In fact, it wasn’t always enjoyable, but I couldn’t put it down. It was a daring move. But Colleen… you nailed it!
This novel follows Lily in two different time frames, both from her POV. I have always found Colleen Hoover very good at cutting up her novels with letters, or blasts from the past and this works very well. ESPECIALLY because the topic she is exploring does take its toll on you emotionally, it is quite full on in places and by George if you don’t cry then crown yourself the ice queen.
POV1: This is from Lily’s perspective in the present day. Her father has just passed away and she has moved to Boston to re establish herself. You lucky little chickens get to meet the sexy, arrogant, evasive and intelligent Ryle. Naked Truth: I couldn’t help but fall madly in love with Ryle… They meet in chapter one and develop a beautiful romance that isn’t immediate by any stretch of the imagination however steadily grows and flourishes. Both of them opening up and changing each other as they go.
POV 2: This perspective is from 15-year old Lily and told by her letters to Ellen DeGeneres. Quirky hey? I loved it. These were fun and very revealing. It was incredible to explore why Lily is the way she is… and follow her through her youth. Lily writes to Ellen almost in a diary form and this is where we meet Atlas. Atlas is a sweetheart, a true gentleman, and an unlikely friendship begins between these two needy souls.
YES that is right you love sick pups, the reader experiences two wonderful romances within the one novel. Hoover explores how past relationships affect future ones and vice-versa. Not just romantic relationships, but all relationships.
The characters are intensely intricate, even the side characters, they all have their own quirks and idiosyncrasies. There is no black and white. Each character develops their own personal connections, Colleen bonds them together with their own cute-meets and each relationship is unique.
This story broke my heart. I fell in love and then Colleen destroyed me. I was screaming at the book “no stop!” and then saying “just one more chance...” (tears…) At one point I couldn’t see the page through my tears… There are sections that were so hard to read, I literally felt a sickening mixture of hope and pain curdling in the pit of my stomach. I was lost with Lily, emotionally lost.