"(...)I discovered that there are two kinds of death. There is ceasing to exist, usually accompanied by a funeral and loved ones in mourning. And the"(...)I discovered that there are two kinds of death. There is ceasing to exist, usually accompanied by a funeral and loved ones in mourning. And then there is emotional death born out of necessity and measured solely by the absence of grief it causes: the turning off the lights of oneself in order to shut down the feelings of beeing alive. Eventually I just checked out of the world altogether, leaving behind only my body, like a snail abandoning its shell. Sometimes I would catch myself in the mirror, surprised to see someone staring back at me, a stranger whose face I struggled to connect as my own, whose body was visible and intact despite the feeling that I moved through the world as a ghost."
INCREDIBLE. HYPNOTIC. HEARTBREAKING.
"MY MOTHER WORE the sun like a hat. It followed her as we did, stopping only when she stopped, moving when she moved. She carried her beauty with the naivete of someone who was born to it and thus never understood its value or the poverty of ugliness."
Dysfunctional family. A narcissistic mentally ill mother craves attention and adoration . A teenage girl who has been physically and emotionally damaged almost beyond redemption. A secret so big that she's blocked it from her own memory. Craving for mothers attention. Finding it in all the wrong places...
This story is told in waves between reality and flashbacks from childhood by an unreliable narrator with poetic strength. Writing style is captivating. The First Time She Drowned is dark, disturbing and complex story of a mother and daughter relationship that is both difficult and toxic. Painful and horribly raw. It is truly something that everyone needs to read. It's an eye-opener.
Congratulations Ms. Kletter - you are simply a gem of a find. You have definitely gained a lifelong fan. Wow. Just wow.
"Suddenly I don't even care that I fell, because of that brief moment when I stood, and I wonder if this is what other people seem to have that I do not -- this courage to fall because they have the memory of standing."...more
""You can either choose love or you can choose hate, because where one lives, the other will die."
Revenge and hate, dark love story, narco cartel, a""You can either choose love or you can choose hate, because where one lives, the other will die."
Revenge and hate, dark love story, narco cartel, abducted young woman goes Stockholm & one hell of a crazy Mexican? Does this reminds you of something you already read? Yes?! Me too (Captive in the dark, Artist trilogy...). But don´t let it stop you. This book is worth reading.
"In the grand scheme of things, we do the best we can, all of us, and we make up our stories as we go along; we write them and direct them and project them into the world. And sometimes we get other people´s stories, and sometimes we don´t, but always there is a story behind a story behind a story, linked in a chain that we can only see a small part of, because it´s there when we´re born and it continues after we´re gone. And who can comprehend all of it in one lifetime?"
You don´t always get the treasure by holding on. Sometimes the magic happens when you let go."
The story started with a good place, with some unexpected twist and turns. The writing is outstanding, but after 65% it became to cheesy and predictable for me and the story went around in circles. It ended perfectly. Overall: I enjoyed the story. It was intense, gritty and suspenseful. 3,5 stars...more
I found it difficult to get into the story: - characters are underdeveloped, they lack depth - dialogue is flat - melodShallow, superficial and boring.
I found it difficult to get into the story: - characters are underdeveloped, they lack depth - dialogue is flat - melodrama & exaggerations everywhere (in speech and emotions) - detached feeling while reading - constant flashbacks were annoying - repetitive descriptions - predictable storyline - long monologues and ramblings
"I find myself sitting n the beach with a monstrous cup of coffee. This is turning out to be quite the night. I can track its progression by the rollercoaster of beverages I´ve consumed- smoothie to relax me, espresso to pep me up, Cherry Coke to keep up the pep, Mai Tai to make me look cool, and coffee to get that energy up again."
Was this really that necessary? Or should she wrote when did she go to toilet too?!
I don´t know how this book has so many five star reviews? It's like we haven't read the same book!
"Were all just people who sometimes do bad things. I guess thats true in a way. No one is exclusively bad, nor is anyone exclusively good. Some are j
"We´re all just people who sometimes do bad things. I guess that´s true in a way. No one is exclusively bad, nor is anyone exclusively good. Some are just forced to work harder at suppressing the bad."
It Ends With Us is a book about life, love and domestic violence. This book pushes limits, makes you question yourself and what decisions you would make if you were any of these characters. You´ll question EVERYTHING you think about yourself and your morals. This was a tough read in so many ways for me. While reading you realize how easily black and white can turn to grey, and how many different shades of grey there are. I don't want to tell you much about this book because I feel that this is a journey that everyone should read and experience for themselves. The summary does not begin to explain what you will go through reading this, but it is worth every second.
"It´s easy when we´re on the outside to believe that we would walk away without a second thought if a person mistreated us. It´s easy to say we couldn´t continue to love someone who mistreats us when we aren´t the ones feeling the love of that person. When you experience it firsthand, it isn´t so easy to hate the person who mistreats you when most of the time they´re your godsend."
Authors Note is most valuable part of this book, so please everyone, don´t skip it. Colleen Hoover deserves a standing ovation for courage at writing such a personal and heartbreaking story.
"In the future...if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again...fall in love with me. (...) You´re still my favorite person, Lily. Always will be."
Dear Colleen, I admire you so much. You not only inspire me as a writer, but I think that your words have made me a better person. Thanks for making me laugh, cry, sigh in recognition, and grieve in empathy with your characters. Thank you for being you, and for writing about it. You´re still one of my favorite writers, Colleen. Always will be.
4 stars...5 stars...4,5 stars.. My professional deformations is to always give a higher rating, so to be true to myself, Ill give this amazing book 5 s4 stars...5 stars...4,5 stars.. My professional deformations is to always give a higher rating, so to be true to myself, I´ll give this amazing book 5 splendid stars!
I loved these characters, Alex is my hero and my girl crush, I admire her. And I loved Blue Eyed Boy or Miles. The story is definitely something different and writing style is really good.
Good work Mrs Zappia! Can´t wait your next book! You have another follower...
Explosive, raw & dark! Twisted and disturbing! Who could ask for anything more?! Damn you Lily! You simply blown me away! You made me like a monst Explosive, raw & dark! Twisted and disturbing! Who could ask for anything more?! Damn you Lily! You simply blown me away! You made me like a monster who had a gentle side and than you ripped my heart out and made him even worse than evil. This is a dark and thrilling ride and that you want to take. One of the rare cases when book number two is better than first book in the series. I recommend this book to everyone who loves an unique, dark, twisted, sexy and disturbing book with anti-heroes!
There is a thin line between love and hate. ...and this book is all about it:
-You're so damn hot! - Aghhh, I hate your ghuts! - I love you! - I don't wantThere is a thin line between love and hate. ...and this book is all about it:
-You're so damn hot! - Aghhh, I hate your ghuts! - I love you! - I don't want to see you! - You're the pretiest girl ever. - You are monster! - You're sex on the stick! - Go get a help for your drinking and rage issues. - I wanna fuck you six ways till sunday. - Do you know that I hate you? - I want to marry you and have your children... - I love him, I hate him, love, hate, love...
So often books are predictable and repetitive or are same ole same ole. This book was nothing like that. Its unusual, interesting and something differeSo often books are predictable and repetitive or are same ole same ole. This book was nothing like that. It´s unusual, interesting and something different. I really enjoy reading things that make me think, that entertain me because they're actually interesting, or that have a story line that is a page-turner. This book was simply beautiful: dangerous, mystical and poetic. Maybe there's something here that would interest you, too....more
I SIMPLY ADORE THIS BOOK! Its maybe the best book I read this year! The writPlease, please, puh-leese let it be
Warner deserves his happily ever after!
I SIMPLY ADORE THIS BOOK! It´s maybe the best book I read this year! The writing is very descriptive, lyrical and poetic. The metaphors (and there are a lot) are spot on-perfect. I highlighted s-o-o-o many passages, practically the whole book!
Why, why, why did I read this?! Probably because of the smoking hot cover. I don't read romance novels. I dont even like sappy and predictable romanceWhy, why, why did I read this?! Probably because of the smoking hot cover. I don't read romance novels. I don´t even like sappy and predictable romance novels.