It Ends With Us

by Colleen Hoover

Contemporary Romance

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Summary

In this “brave and heartbreaking novel that digs its claws into you and doesn’t let go, long after you’ve finished it” (Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All Your Perfects, a workaholic with a too-good-to-be-true romance can’t stop thinking about her first love.

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 where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. And when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life seems 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.

An honest, evocative, and tender novel, It Ends with Us is “a glorious and touching read, a forever keeper. The kind of book that gets handed down” (USA TODAY).

Review

"Cycles exist because they are excruciating to break. It takes an astronomical amount of pain and courage to disrupt a familiar pattern. Sometimes it seems easier to just keep running in the same familiar circles, rather than facing the fear of jumping and possibly not landing on your feet."

This book completely took me by surprise. I didn't read the synopsis, I just jumped right in based on a recommendation from my sister. And damn, I was not emotionally prepared for the richness of this experience. There are so many words to describe the range of emotion presented by Lily:  hope, humor, naked truths, devastation, heartbreak, sexiness, strength, love, pain...

The opening scene drew me in right away and perfectly set the tone for the entire book. The nuances are so well layered that each scene is fully rounded, putting you right there in the moment. The dialogue between Lily and Ryle is very open and natural and lifted with sexy flirtation. Both characters are likable and approachable from the start, though both are real in their flaws. 

The story was brilliantly built, with tightly written scenes that take readers to unexpected places of heartache, happiness, and everything in between. Each moment was crafted with purpose and deep meaning, setting a quick pace from the start. Any time that I had to stop reading, I could not wait to pick it back up again. And when I finished reading, I thought about the lessons and these characters for days. 

I don't want to give anything away, so I won't put the line in here, but the last line of the book is one of my favorite closing lines I've ever read. This really moved me and inspired me and reminded me of how important writing can be - how vividly an author is able to make a point and teach a lesson. I cannot recommend it enough. And there is a second book!! Cannot wait to dig in!

*Please note that certain scenes may be triggers as physical, verbal, and emotional abuse are portrayed throughout this book.