Book: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Date Published: August 2nd, 2016
Date Started: October 19th, 2016
Date Finished: October 20th, 2016
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.
This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.
Okay. I’m going to admit this upfront. This was my first Colleen Hoover book. I see her books EVERYWHERE, and I figured I might as well try one sometime, right? Well, out of boredom, I picked one up. I had no idea what it was about, and just saw a pretty cover. I didn’t even look at the cover that closely or else I would have realized that the flower is shattered.
Not What I Was Expecting.
I was expecting a swoony romance at first. What I wasn’t prepared for was how in depth and sometimes dark this book got. And let me say, the trigger warning in the synopsis is needed. This book gets really heavy and sometimes graphic. I wasn’t expecting that at all, so it came as a shock. There were moments when I was thinking “oh my god, this isn’t happening.” In some of those intense moments, I wasn’t sure if that response was a good or a bad thing.
Lets start with the characters. I liked the characters in this book because they felt real. They were flawed. They went back and forth on their decisions and opinions. And based on their actions, you get to decide for yourself whether they would be someone you would want in your life. As for Lily herself, I liked her. There were a couple of times where her thinking had me questioning her decisions. I would expect her to react a specific way in a situation, but she would just do the opposite. As for the love interests, I’ll let you decide for yourself. That aspect was really complicated, and I believe its something that the reader needs to discover and decide for themselves.
Lets Explore A Little.
This was a really fast read, especially for a book that leaned more towards the dark and heavy side. I like books that read fast at times, but I wonder if this is the type of book that maybe needed a bit more exploration. I wanted more development in the relationships that Lily has with the people around her. I feel like that would have let me understand the dynamics, development, and what was really happening.
Final Thoughts-Does It Really End With Us?
I was happy with the ending and could actually do with a novella as a follow up or something. I’d say for my first Colleen Hoover book, I enjoyed it. I’ve been recommended some of her other books, so maybe I’ll start with those!