Sometimes it is the one who loves you 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, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
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. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
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Review by Yvette:
I don’t think I’ve ever sobbed while reading a book before. Gotten misty-eyed? Yes. Had tears stream down my face? Sure. But never sobbed. Congratulations, Colleen Hoover. Your book made me sob. It Ends with Us is a beautifully written book, plain and simple. Colleen Hoover has a way of putting things that makes the English language sound so much better than it does in one's everyday life. Brilliant writing isn’t (just) what had me so riveted, though. The storyline…the characters…everything about this book resonated with me. It Ends with Us is a book that makes you think, makes you feel. This book is heartbreaking. It's raw. It's real. It's unexpected. It's painful. It's powerful. It's evocative. It's the author's most impactful book yet. You know the phrase book hangover? It's because of books like It Ends with Us that this phrase was invented.
The narrative is told through the perspective of our heroine, Lily Bloom, a strong, independent, ambitious twenty-something young woman navigating life and love. Hers is a story about fate and taking chances. It’s about how the past defines the present, and how the choices we make in the present can define the future. From the very first page, the reader becomes intimately acquainted with Lily’s hopes, fears, and naked truths and, as such, I’ve never felt more emotionally invested in a character than I was with Lily. Lily’s story is one that took me on an emotionally-intense journey. I felt blissfully happy. I laughed. I swooned. I fell in love. I also felt gut-wrenching despair. I was shocked. I was outraged. I experienced such a variety of emotions over the course of the narrative that I felt as though my heart was about to burst.
When I start a book, I prefer to know as little as possible about the plot. I think that’s the best way to go in to It Ends with Us: without any preconceived notions of what you think this book is about or what will happen. What you do need to know is that It Ends with Us is not an easy read, but it’s one that I think everyone needs to read. The story takes a sensitive topic and presents it in such a way that you’re in the mindset of Lily, viewing matters through her eyes and experiencing her heart being pulled in different directions. This story isn’t as easy as black and white. It’s messy and it’s complicated, but it’s also hopeful. Most importantly, it’s a story about survival.
Upon finishing It Ends with Us, I just sat on my bed and cried. I cried for the characters and for the situation. I cried for the fact that this book is fictional but it’s also very much a reality. I can honestly say that Lily's story affected me more powerfully than I could've possibly imagined. It Ends with Us is boundary-pushing. It’s a book unlike any other I’ve read. And it’s a book I’m unlikely to ever forget.
*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 5 Stars
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