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Love’s Journey: Navigating the Maze of Emotions in ‘It Starts with Us’

Love’s Journey: Navigating the Maze of Emotions in ‘It Starts with Us’


In this article, get ready to embark on an emotional journey of Colleen Hoover’s “It Starts with Us.

From the complexities of human connection to the significance of self-forgiveness and the struggle to break free from toxic relationships, we’ll navigate through it all.

Have you read the book ‘It Starts with Us’ yet?

Buckle up, bookworms, because Colleen Hoover’s rollercoaster of emotions takes you on a wild ride through the twists and turns of love, life, jealousy, and the messiness in between.

If you’re ready to reflect on the past, embrace self-forgiveness, and find your way out of the toxic relationships that have been camping out in your heart, this one’s for you!

7 Lessons from 'It Starts with Us': Navigating Love's Challenges

1. Gripping Tale of Love and Human Connection:

Hoover’s novel is a gripping tale that dives headfirst into the depths of human connection, showing us that love is not always the heart-fluttering, rose-tinted escapade we visualize.

Love is not easy, if you want to sail through the boat in the ocean, some days the weather would be harsh, and someday it will be a bright sunny day for all. But what you remember is experience, care and love. 

Our protagonist, Lily, who’s stuck in a relationship that’s as inviting as a pit of quicksand. It sets the stage for a transformative journey.

2. Embracing Self-Forgiveness:

As we venture through the pages, we discover the importance of self-forgiveness because, let’s face it, we’ve all made some questionable life choices, right?

The novel’s core message rings clear: we’re not defined by our mistakes; we’re defined by how we grow from them. 

But hey, if Lily can muster the courage to face her demons, surely we can too, right?

3. Surviving Toxic Relationships:

Now, the ever-present theme of toxic relationships……

We’ve all been there, no? – whether it’s a friend who’s more like a frenemy or a partner who’s a professional heartbreaker.

But don’t you worry, because “It Starts with Us” is like a GPS to guide you out of these rocky emotional terrains.

Hovercrafts characters so relatable, you’ll feel like they’re your best friends’s advice dishing out over tea.

4. Mental Health and Seeking Help:

Hoover doesn’t shy away from depicting the struggles of Lily as she grapples with her emotional demons, shedding light on mental health challenges.

Seeking help isn’t a sign of weakness – it’s a badge of honor, it shows that we’re ready to fight for our well-being.

5. Self-Care is essential:

Amidst the emotional whirlwind, the book gently reminds us that self-care is the key to navigating these emotional storms.

Amidst the chaos, Lily learns that self-love isn’t selfish; it’s essential. 

So, go ahead and take that bubble bath, indulge in that decadent dessert, and don’t you dare apologize for needing a break!

You should indulge in small pleasures without guilt.

6. The Messy Beauty of Love

Now, let’s talk about that “four-letter word”: love.

‘It Starts with Us’ isn’t just about romantic love; it’s about love in all its splendid, messy forms. 

Love is patient, love is kind, but darn it, love can also be a pain in the you-know-where.

But remember…..

7. The Ever-Present Hope

There is always hope. 

A hope that reminds us that even in our darkest moments, a glimmer of light can illuminate our path.

Just like how Lily held onto that last sliver of hope. 

So, whether you’re reflecting on your past, seeking self-forgiveness, looking for the exit from a toxic relationship, or simply needing a reminder to care for yourself, “It Starts with Us” is your ticket to an emotional roller coaster.

Final Thoughts

Colleen Hoover has crafted a bottom line about love with the book series: Love is messy, and life is a maze, but through it all, there is always hope.

‘It Starts with Us’ is a closure we all needed, especially- Lily, Atlas, and Ryle. 

Lily is a very strong character. 

Her way of handling situations is absolutely admirable and totally inspiring.

I hope you learn some lessons along the story, I know I did.

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