It Ends With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: August 2, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
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.
“All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.”
(I buddyread this book together with my sissy Bea. Click her name to read her beautiful review!)
It Ends with Us proved to be a big surprise in the best sense possible. I’m telling you guys, this book is Colleen Hoover at her very best!
I have read Colleen Hoover books in the past and they really have such a huge impact to me, but nothing compares to this novel. It’s a different take on sensitive issues. And somewhat personal. Colleen Hoover did an amazing job in giving us a glimpse of what it is to have a different outlook in life, family, and relationship. To live in constant struggle. To hate someone dear to your heart and to even feel an ounce of compassion to that person despite your remorse. It very much pucks an emotional punch.
“I fell like everyone fakes who they really are, when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding than others.”
Lily’s character amazed me the most here. What she’s been through in her childhood… it was awful. But I can say that she grew up as a strong person despite it all. I was awed by her determination to live a life far away from her mom where there are so many painful memories that correspond. She didn’t want to experience a life similar to her mom’s so she kept reminding herself never to become like her in the future.
This book delivered such a deep and sensible message that particularly targets women. I thought this is a very important book and everyone should read it because it has a say on something so personal. I fell into the story so easily and at times, I found myself taking a break in the middle of some chapters to reflect and… sob. There were just so many different kinds of emotions emanating from the pages which is of course, typical Colleen Hoover’s magic.
“You make me want to be a different person, but what if I don’t know how to be what you need?”
And when I learned in Colleen Hoover’s note that this story is inspired from her mom’s experience, I fell harder and I wept. I haven’t read as good and as personal as this book and this is really remarkable for me. It’s something special.
“Not everyone is homeless because they chhoose to be. They’re homeless because there isn’t enough to help to go around.”
Atlas’s character was also unforgettable here. I loved him. Every time I think about him my heart squeezes up so bad I feel like crying. And Ryle… I thought he’s also a character that felt real to me. I especially loved his naked truths. I also thought Lily’s write-ups in her journal are one hell of an emotional ride.
“No one is exclusively bad, nor is anyone exclusively good. Some are just forced to work harder at suppressing the bad.”
There are so many things that I wish to say in this review but I’m afraid they will serve as spoilers so to wrap it all up,I’m in love with this book. It’s everything and then some. The plot was fairly unpredictable and there were so many lessons entwined that will shake you emotionally and ruin you and turn you into a mess. Another spectacular job, Colleen. Thank you for sharing to us this wonderful piece of journey!
“And when I whisper, ‘I love you, too,’ it’s the most naked truth I’ve ever spoken to him.”
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