If I had to sum this whole book up in one word, that word would be ‘devastating’. Because that is exactly what this entire book was. It was devastating. Devastatingly beautiful, that is. Because we all know Colleen Hoover isn’t capable of anything less. There will never be another author who is capable of breaking my heart within the first 25 pages of a book. Like with Ugly Love, that is exactly what happened with All Your Perfects too.
I am really, really, infinitely glad and grateful that this book was written in alternative chapters; one in the past, one in the present. Because had it not been—had we only been given the present, even if only twice in a row—I think this book would’ve destroyed me. Those precious glimpses into the past were what made reading this story bearable. For every chapter in the present that brought you down, there was one in the past to lift you back up. It made for a vicious—but very necessary—cycle. In fact, when reading this book, I had to read it by two. One chapter in the present and one in the past, and then I could take a break to breathe before diving back in and repeating the same steps, sometimes adding a couple more chapters. There simply was no other way to read it.
Graham and Quinn’s bond was just—… it was something else. It was something so special, it made reading about it feel infinitely more precious. It made the story so much more meaningful. It made it more heartbreaking too. Because you could feel their hearts breaking through ever letter in every word on every page that made up every chapter of this book. And you could feel your heart breaking with theirs. It’s THAT kind of book.
Honestly, at this point, if someone were to take out my heart and take a closer look at it, they’d notice two parts to it. A small portion and a big portion. That small portion? Yeah, that’s for all the books I’ve ever read. There’s subdivisions inside of it, of course, but that’s not the point. The point is that the big portion of my heart? THAT BELONGS TO COLLEEN HOOVER’S BOOKS. (Notably It Ends With Us, Ugly Love and All Your Perfects) And if you look even closer, you’ll notice that it’s full of hundreds—no, thousands, of cracks because Colleen Hoover doesn’t know how to leave a person’s heart intact.