The Naked Truths?
– I didn’t see that one coming, really. I have read other novels by Colleen Hoover, and to compare this one with that, is a surprise. It’s a whole lot different.
– It’s a heavy novel in the sense that it will wreck you in the end.
– It is heart wrenching, heartbreaking, and devastatingly beautiful all at once.
– I ENCOURAGE ALL ESPECIALLY WOMEN OUT THERE TO READ THIS ONE. IT’S A MUST.
– Lily: Will, I don’t agree with some of her decisions, especially when she kept her past with her husband. She could have clear things and start a clean slate with Ryle. I don’t see much of her effort to put things right on her end. If her relationship with Ryle means so much to her then she should have recognized it that the past might bring the demons out of her husband…but I know Lily, you’re not over the past yet. No matter what you say, your past will bound to ruin your present, because it doesn’t have closure and you love the past no matter how you say you have moved on with your life.
– Ryle: What can I say, I fell in love with the character. But the demons overrode. I am rooting for this character because I felt that in a way he was being betrayed by Lily not telling the entire truth. Lily in a way is not meant for Ryle. Why? Lily brought out the worst in him. Ryle needs someone who assures him. It is assurance and security that this guy needs. Someone who would never doubt her feelings towards him, someone who is sure that will help the monster to go away. Help from a woman whose heart only belongs to him, and that’s not just Lily. She’s not over with her past. But Lily’s mistake doesn’t justify the fact that Ryle can be violent. No woman, again, no woman in her right mind should ever stay in an abusive relationship. I wish the author should give this character a chance, maybe a sequel to the novel where it focuses on how Ryle will find his match, someone deserving and could help him cope with his demons.
– Atlas: The past. Atlas deserves all the good things that have happened to him. He is a man of word, and I can’t blame Lily if all her life she keeps looking for Him. You know, there’s always that love from another time that you would want to keep in your heart, whether it’ll have the second chance or not, you know… you’ll keep looking for it because your heart belongs to them, and only them.
HOW DOES IT END?
– Painful as it may seem, but a mother needs to decide for the sake of her child. Lily choose to divorce Ryle to save their daughter. Which I would prefer the story to end that way. Domestic violence doesn’t only affect the one who’s being abused but the people around them, especially the children. It ends with the MOTHER and the CHILD. Before the cycle comes full circle, affecting the life of a child. IT MUST STOP. Someone must need to stop, someone must need to go out in that trap, and who do you expect would untangle the chain? THE MOTHER should be the one, and that’s what Lily did. 🙂
FAVORITE LINES/QUOTES FROM THE BOOK
1. “Naked truths aren’t always pretty.”
2. “There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”
3. “Just because someone hurts you doesn’t mean you can simply stop loving them. It’s not a person’s actions that hurt the most. It’s love. If there was no love attached to the action, the pain would be a little easier to bear.
4. “Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen. That’s what fifteen minutes can do to a person. It can destroy them. It can save them.” ”
5. “Imagine all the people you meet in your life. There are so many. They come in like waves, trickling in and out with the tide. Some waves are much bigger and make more of an impact than others. Sometimes the waves bring with them things from deep in the bottom of the sea and they leave those things tossed onto the shore. Imprints against the grains of sand that prove the waves had once been there, long after the tide recedes. That was what Atlas was telling me when he said: “I love you.” He was letting me know that I was the biggest wave he’d ever come across. And I brought so much with me that my impressions would always be there, even when the tide rolled out.”
6. “I feel like everyone fakes who they really are when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others.”
7. “Maybe love isn’t something that comes full circle. It just ebbs and flows, in and out, just like the people in our lives. Just because we didn’t end up on the same wave, doesn’t mean we aren’t apart of the same ocean.”
8. “Cycles exist because they are excruciating to break. It takes an astronomical amount of pain and courage to disrupt a familiar pattern. Sometimes it seems easier to just keep running in the same familiar circles, rather than facing the fear of jumping and possibly not landing on your feet.”
9. “My favorite conversations are the ones with no real answers.”
10. “Everyone deserves another chance. Especially the people who mean the most to you.”
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