It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover is a book that should be read in one-sitting with no interruptions. I literally blocked off a whole day and locked myself in my library so I could read it in peace because it’s such a gripping story.
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.
I’m a huge fan of Colleen Hoover. She has a way with words that’s a delight to the mind, and I give her full permission to name my firstborn child because her character names are always on point. I mean, come on, Atlas? Who thinks of such a perfect name as Atlas?
Everyone says readers should go into this book blind, and I agree. This will be a spoiler-free review but there are many reviews out there that claim to be and give a little too much away. I stopped looking at reviews after the first few because I didn’t want the book to be spoiled for me.
All you need to know is this story has a bottomless depth of pain, emotion and strength. It will have the romantic elements that you expect from Hoover, but it will cover a heavy topic that is as difficult to read as it is moving.
I didn’t cry with this novel, and I wish that I had because it really was a touching story. (It’s kind of like that one time I watched The Passion of the Christ and I didn’t cry. I’m not a bad Christian, I promise!) I think I didn’t get there emotionally because I agreed with the main protagonist’s decision. To me, it wasn’t that hard of a decision. I didn’t hold out hope as I suspect some readers did. Now, that’s not to say that’s what I would actually do if I found myself in the same position, but I hope that I’d make the same choice.
It Ends With Us is a deeply personal, moving story that was very unexpected. I didn’t know what to think of it when I turned the last page, but I found myself finding my husband after a while and giving him a long hug because it reminded me of the blessings I have in my own marriage.
STARS: 4.5 out of 5