Book Review

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

IIEWUAbout the Book

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.


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My Thoughts

My sister in law is a HUGE Colleen Hoover fan, and when I asked her which book to read first, she recommended It Ends with Us or Ugly Love. Immediately, I looked at the library and got super excited that they carried Colleen Hoover books, so I put both books on my wait list, and It Ends with Us was the first one they got in for me.

Honestly, this is one of the most powerful books that I have ever read. It’s raw, honest, inspiring and a profoundly beautiful story. I think this is the kind of book that EVERYONE should read, regardless of their sex. Yes, men and women, you need to read this book! It shows that no matter how much in love with someone you might be, when you find the strength to do the right thing in a hard situation, you can do it, no matter how much it breaks your heart.

I was read this book in a day. Before you ask, no I didn’t read it in one sitting. I slept, I went to a baseball game that my sons played in. I even went grocery shopping at walmart. 🙂 Did I take the book with me while I was at the baseball field? You bet! We get there an hour and a half early for all games, so my husband, who is unofficially one of the coaches, can help the boys in the batting cage with the machine while the head coach gets everything set up, gets the book ready for the score keeper and does other stuff coaches do! I read while waiting on game time. I finished it about 10pm the night after I started reading it, and once I finished it, I just sat there. My husband looked over at me and said, “What are you doing?” I said, “What do I do now? That was one of the best books I have ever read!”

I absolutely LOVED the Ellen Diaries. Ellen is one of my favorite television personalities, so that was a neat thing to see. Of course, it made me wonder if she has read this book! There were laughable moments, there were serious moments and there were most definitely make you cry moments. Most of the books I am drawn to are romance novels and while this book is a romance novel, it’s super refreshing. It’s not as repetitive as most other books that I’ve read. It was a fresh change to romance novels for me! Yes, there is romance. Yes, there is sex. But I’m going to say this, this is not the happily ever after ending that you might expect. I am purposely leaving out most of the plot twists because I want you to read this book. It’s absolutely amazing!

Naked Truth?

totally did not see that ending coming. Not. One. Single. Bit! I cried in this book, my husband left me alone. Normally he’ll ask what’s up, but when I have a book in my face, he just leaves me be. I cried for the Lily’s of the world. I cried for the Ryle’s and I cried for the Atlas’ of the world. The book isn’t sad.. It’s an amazing book, but there are those times where you just need to let out a big ugly cry.

This book did that.

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