It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (August 2, 2016)
Synopsis: Sometimes it is the one who loves you 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, 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.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
* * *
WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK. Actually – don’t read ANYTHING about the book, if you haven’t read the book yet, including the author’s note at the end of the book.
It Ends With Us was so raw and full of emotions I was literally left speechless at the end. Hoover’s previous books are based on a love story, but this book had such a deeper meaning than just a love story. The focus on domestic abuse was so neatly woven into two beautiful love stories, however the love story I fell in love with didn’t get enough of an opportunity for the readers to see in this book. Instead, the second love story was the one shared with readers with more depth. Sound confusing? Read the book and you will get it.
The thing that made this book so amazing to me: the authors note! The emotion and reasoning behind Hoover telling this story was what really sold me on this story and its importance in being told. Domestic abuse is so much more common than people realize and this book tackles the issue head-on with a strong female character who works to over come the abuse from her past.
Another truly stunning and heartfelt novel by Hoover. While this one was not my favourite of her books (Hopeless is forever my favourite) this was her most heart wrenching and deepest novels. It is apparent how much this story means to Hoover and this made it mean so much more to me as a reader.