It Ends With Us
New Adult contemoprary
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.
"Naked truths aren’t always pretty.”
I'm not new to the world of Colleen Hoover. I've been reading her work since Slammed and knew of her writing style and the pure poetry that fills the pages. Colleen Hoover has a talent to invoke the purest and strongest emotions, which is why I'm both happy and disappointing with this story.
Before you get all mad-how can someone not like a Hoover story-hear me out:
It Ends With Us was a mystery. We get a more than vague description from the back cover and it left me a little hesitant to crack it open, yet I finally did it after months of owning the book. Usually her books are well described, I know what I'm getting into, but this one was almost hiding the actual story.
This story follows Lily, our main female chatacter. Her past is a little bit dark and she wants to keep it where it belongs: in the past. She tries to tlive her life and puts in a strong effort to make her life the way it should be, not letting her thoughts to weigh her down too much. But with every realistic story, bumps appear in the road and sets her back a few times. New people appear in her life and old ones return.
“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”
Colleen writes really well. Like I've mentioned, her words are like poetry, and you can't help but fall into her world. Besides the writing, the cover is gorgeous and connects with the story very well. I loved Lily's determination to move on and be at peace with herself. Another aspect I loved was how personal and close to Colleen this story was. Not all of this is fiction, it's a close tale to our favorite author and I appreciate her doing this and getting the story out here. The other part that I really loved and think is amazing is the end! It falls together perfectly and leaves you feeling happy and sad. Never has my mind been so confused about the choices these characters make and who I should root for.
Now onto the bad:
There are certain chapters that contain letters written by a young Lily. They're interesting and for sure different, but personally, I didn't like that aspect. I would have enjoyed flash backs instead. When reading those parts I didn't feel connected to her past. We're "seeing" her past through letters and couldn't feel it. Also, I wish to have seen more of her past, even through the letters. I didn't feel like I knew her background well enough.
Lily made some choices that made me want to scream at her. She withheld info, and I couldn't figure out why. She didn't mention but twice about her past to those around her so I didn't get that emotional connection with her friends.
This one is just because I'm whiny, but I wanted I to see more of her and Atlas.
This story does contain abuse, and Colleen shows it well. It's not too descriptive, I've read worse, but it gets the story across.
The ending: The last few chapters really hit me. Throughout the whole book, I had a hard time connecting, but towards the end, the raw emotion and gripping choices really makes you feel for Lily and those around her. It showed how hard life can be and what sacrifices you have to make for yourself.
While this wasn't my favorite Colleen book, I can appreciate her story and how personal it was. It had many good parts, but it's not up there with my favorites by her. While I was hoping for more, this was an interesting, almost mysterious, story and I'm glad to have read such a soul bending tale of finding yourself and making tough choices.
“It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us."