Review: IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover



Colleen Hoover
Published: August 2nd 2016 by Atria Books
Pages: 367

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.


“It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us.”

It Ends With Us is a very important book. It is the kind of story that stays with you after you’re done reading it, makes you think, and conveys a very important message. It was very difficult to read at times, but definitely worth the tears and heartache it put us through.

Colleen Hoover has always been very good at writing emotional stories, and this wasn’t any different. I do want to give her a hug for writing this particular book, though, and addressing some very personal things about her life. That was one of the reasons why this book felt very real and honest, and depicted just how complicated abusive relationships are.

It Ends With Us started kind of rough for me. It felt a bit unrealistic and forced, and I had a hard time connecting with the main characters. It took me a few chapters to really get into the book, and while I didn’t really fall in love with Lily and Ryle through the course of it, I still very much enjoyed – and also kind of hated – their story.

The progression of their relationship was heartbreaking in its honesty. It was very very hard to get through some passages, but I loved that Colleen didn’t shy away from showing how messed up everything got. Reading about Lily having to come to terms with what was going on and then not knowing what to do was incredibly realistic. It really showed a perspective we weren’t used to seeing, and hopefully opened the eyes of many people who haven’t been through this kind of situation.

I also have to mentioned the most delightful thing about It Ends With Us, and which also got quite a few laughs from me: the Ellen diaries. It was a wonderful resource to introduce us to Atlas, the other main player in the story. It was funny and a bit sad at times, but absolutely genius. Definitely one of my favorite parts of the book.

The ending, for me, was what made It Ends With Us so good. It showed how strong and brave Lily was, and how sometimes the hardest choices we have to make are the ones that bring us happiness we couldn’t imagine.

This is definitely a good read for any and all New Adult fans, as well as anyone who loves CoHo’s writing. Just be sure to have some tissues near you when pick this up, you’ll need it.


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