Let me begin with, thank goodness for Bookstagram. Without it, I wouldn’t have picked up any of Colleen Hoover’s books (probably). If you are on Instagram, check out @grownwomanread_ya. She is who ultimately made me give Hoover a shot and boy am I glad that I did.
All kinds of spoilers ahead, so please don’t continue unless you’ve already read the book.
Title: It Ends With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Goodreads Rating: 4.61/5
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary
My Rating: 5/5
“SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.” – Goodreads
I’m not sure where to begin with this book. It Ends With Us was fantastic. From the very beginning I was immediately drawn to Lily and her story and I loved the pacing of the book (until later on… but we will get to that). I loved how Hoover used the journal entries to tell us about Atlas and Lily’s relationship and showed us exactly what she experienced with her mother and father’s relationship as well.
Now Atlas, I did feel like his character was a little strange. I’m not sure why, I just felt like he was really immature where I felt that he should have been more mature. Then again, once he revealed that he was at the house behind Lily’s on the first night to kill himself I definitely felt a better understanding in his actions.
Lily all around was a really great character for me. I couldn’t believe how strong of a person she became even after starting out as strong as she was. I truly loved how Lily took herself out of her comfort zone, left her marketing job and opened her own floral shop. I just loved everything about it and her ambitions, even thinking back on it now I’m just so happy with how strong-willed and unafraid Lily was.
Allysa is another favorite for me (who am I kidding I love everyone in this darn book)… She is the perfect best friend for Lily and just totally gets her. Their relationship is BFF goals for life.
Now on to Ryle (hate that name…), I fell in love with him just like Lily. I fell for everything about him from the night on the rooftop to the gut-wrenching pain and tears when he couldn’t control his outbursts from Lily. I felt all of the pain that Lily felt when being torn in two from him and his actions. Hoover did just a fantastic job in making sure we were feeling exactly how Lily was feeling at the various moments in the book.
I had a really, really difficult time with the ending of the book. I’m such a sucker and a hopeless romantic that I just hoped so hard that Ryle and Lily would get back together. I was so sad when Lily couldn’t move on and past with Ryle and then it snapped for me. I think it was the Note From the Author after the Epilogue that really snapped it in for me though. After reading about Hoover’s experiences and the story behind the story I got it. I can never fully understand the thought process behind an abused spouses mind but Hoover really helped me get it through this book. Man do I get it, so many of the terrible thoughts towards abused women emulated my own (not proud of at all, I just didn’t get it) and this book has opened my eyes so wide. Never will I think the same about an abusive relationship after this book.
Alright, so there it is. I’m sure this review is totally everywhere and incomprehensible but I did my best! I highly recommend this book to everyone, it’s truly a great read!