It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books on August 2, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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; 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.
This is probably one of the most emotional reviews I’ve ever had to write. I finished reading it almost a month ago and as I finally sit down to write this, I’m already tearing up. That’s saying a lot because I’m not one that gets super emotional over books. I can swoon with the best of them but actually crying has been limited to only a handful of books. I had to get support from my co-blogger while trying to write this review. It truly affected me that much. This book is completely different than what I was expecting and I had no idea what an emotional roller coaster ride I was about to go on.
First of all, Lily Bloom is by far the most inspiring heroine I’ve ever read and is absolutely now my all time favorite. She’s kind, loving, strong, funny, etc. The list goes on and on but the most important quality out of that list is her bravery.
“Five minutes. That’s all it takes to completely destroy a person.”
From the beginning, I was connected to Lily and Colleen Hoover did an amazing job developing her character and describing her story in a way that was pure, raw and powerfully insightful. Then I went back and read the book again. I didn’t think I could emote any more feelings then I already had but I was completely wrong. Her story has so many layers to it that I realized that there is still so much more to it. I fell deeper and deeper into it. It just has that much power to it. The entire time I felt like I was her, experiencing her journey right beside her.
It Ends With Us has one of the most powerful messages in it’s story. It’s a message that I hope everyone gets. It will be raw and sad yet it will be hopeful and beautiful. It makes you think. About everything. It truly is insightful and makes you take a step back and evaluate things and situations that you might have either been personally involved in or know someone who has. To evaluate your own views.
“Naked truths aren’t always pretty”
I purposefully tried to stay away from giving away anything. If there is ever a book that you should go into with out any preconceived notion, this is the book. Although I have my personal reasons for being so emotionally involved, I’m positive that the fact that I went into it without knowing anything really helped to heighten my experience while reading it.
So here’s my super emotional connection that I now feel with Colleen. The first time I read the book, I made it all the way to the end without crying. I know I said in the beginning of this review that I was a balling mess, so let me explain. Of course I was emotional and I did get teary eyed but it wasn’t until Colleen’s “Note From the Author” where I absolutely fell apart. She disclaims this in the book and I will do it here. PLEASE DO NOT READ this before you read the book. It has major spoilers in it. It has been made clear that this is a very personal story to Colleen and after reading her note, I too had that very personal conversation with someone. I can relate to her in more ways that I would have ever imagined and I am so very proud of her for taking the time to create something so powerful and share with her readers. She will impact way more people then she probably can even fathom. This will be the one book that I will talk about for a very long time.