Title: It Ends With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Release Date: August 2, 2016
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.
Colleen Hoover has once again left me speechless. It Ends With Us is an unparalleled story of love, loss, forgiveness, and strength. Exquisitely written and overflowing with raw and gritty emotion, Lily’s story will bend you, break you, and leave your heart irreparably altered. Colleen Hoover’s writing is bold, her message powerful, and her insight into the human condition unmatched. My heart is heavy and light, ripped apart and pieced back together with the kind of courage that awes and inspires. While Colleen Hoover often leaves me feeling emotionally devastated with her novels, this one was something altogether different. It Ends With Us is bigger, more significant, than any story that has come before it from Colleen Hoover and it’s impact is heartbreakingly beautiful. While it’s difficult to say much about this novel without giving it away, I must say that It Ends With Us is a reading experience unlike any other. While the true weight of this story cannot be fully appreciate until the final page has been turned, each chapter, each sentence, each word carried with it the promise of something epic.
“I think about how sometimes, no matter how convinced you are that your life will turn out a certain way, all that certainty can be washed away with a simple change in tide.”
When it comes to character development no one captures the trials and triumphs of life quite like Colleen Hoover. She breaks through even the most complex of souls to deliver characters that are flawed, vulnerable, and incredibly genuine. As far as heroines go, Lily was unforgettable. She was a dreamer, making plans and looking forward no matter what life threw at her. Her insecurities, imperfections, and propensity to second-guess herself made Lily that much more relatable and I found connecting with this character effortless. Her story was harrowing and hopeful – a confluence of events that forced me to rethink the world around me and encouraged me to feel deeply and unexpectedly. I loved the honesty with which Colleen Hoover told Lily’s tale. Her point of view really resonated with me and caused me to question so many of my own assumptions about Lily’s situation. As each piece of this character fell into place, my respect for her grew exponentially. Colleen Hoover has written a truly inimitable character with Lily and I have no doubt the impression she has left will be long lasting.
“You’re right. I’m hurting you, but I’m hurting, too. And until tonight . . . I didn’t know why.”
The true genius of It Ends With Us lies in the two men who owned Lily’s heart. I loved how Colleen Hoover contrasted these two men, introducing us to a young Atlas through Lily’s journal entries while we got to know Ryle in the present day. By the time their worlds converged I felt as if I knew them both intimately, allowing me to relate to Lily’s situation and lose myself completely in her journey. Atlas and Ryle were utterly enchanting in their own ways, both stealing pieces of me as I read this novel. Their vastly different personalities, opposite upbringings, and conflicting roles in Lily’s life kept my heart all sorts of confused. They served as bright beacons of hope and represented the darkest part of man. They made me swoon, broke my heart, and left me feeling dizzy. Just when I thought I knew how I felt about them, Colleen Hoover let me know just how wrong I was. Atlas and Ryle embodied Lily’s emotional upheaval, giving her battling emotions a name and a face, and allowing readers to experience her conflict for themselves. Lily, Ryle, and Atlas share a journey that scars, heals, and is guaranteed to leave your heart reeling.
“Just because we didn’t end up on the same wave, doesn’t mean we aren’t still a part of the same ocean.”
Without giving away the plot, I must applaud Colleen Hoover for her masterful story building. She has crafted a world so mesmerizing that I had no choice but to devour her words. She handles sensitive subjects with respect and grace, unafraid to expose the painful emotions of even the most haunting situations. Every part of this story was thoughtfully planned. Even the pacing perfectly captured the dichotomy of Atlas and Ryle. Part one moved gradually, delivering the slow burn and deep ache of young love followed by the world-altering whirlwind of part two and the incredible intensity of instant and all-consuming passion. Although Lily navigated her upended world with quiet strength, this story does not whisper. It is loud in its shattering of misconceptions, yelling with poignancy. It Ends With Us roars its ugly truths and harsh realities, demanding this story be felt in the deepest recesses of your soul. Colleen Hoover has truly outdone herself. It Ends With Us is a masterpiece and an absolute must read.
How do you even start writing a review for a book that has left an indelible scar on your heart and soul? There are simply no words that I could string together to deliver you anything as poignant and touching as the message that Colleen Hoover has conveyed with It Ends With Us. There were times I literally had to force myself to put the book down just to absorb the all the emotions that were given.
“Maybe love isn’t something that comes full circle. It just ebbs and flows, in and out, just like the people in our lives.”
Colleen Hoover has a magical quality to her writing that I don’t know how to explain, but continue to fall in love with time and time again. She really understands the multi-dimensional aspects to a person and conveys them beautifully. She forces readers to feel sympathy for characters you should dislike, while also despising actions that they may take. At the same time, she is able to make me empathize with characters and find pieces of myself in all her major heroines, Lily included. Honestly, it’s fascinating for me to see where she will take the different personalities in her stories. Lily and Ryle’s story is a rollercoaster ride that is genuine, tumultuous, and beyond personal.
“Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person.”
It Ends With Us is a novel that made me smile, made me hurt, and certainly made me reflect. When an author can take a situation and make her readers feel like they’re being spoken to on a soul-deep level, I think it’s safe to say that it’s a phenomenal read. The subject matter wasn’t always easy to get through, but I felt like Hoover had to break my heart in order to put it back together. As odd as it may sound, she even filled in cracks I had known were there, but couldn’t figure out how to mend. Her words were just that powerful.
“I feel like everyone fakes who they really are, when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others.”
This isn’t a long review, and it is definitely vague, but I want every reader to just experience It Ends With Us. I want people to close their eyes, go for the ride, and trust the journey that they go on. Colleen Hoover is by far my favorite writer, but I’m never sure how she’ll top her previous release. She continues to grow, continues to pour her heart and soul into the pages of her novels, and I can say with utmost certainty that it shows. It Ends With Us is so different to any of her previous books, yet filled with the signature Colleen Hoover style. I have the utmost faith that readers everywhere will fall in love with these characters and everything they’ve been through; there is no doubt that it’s her best work yet!
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Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, and Confess. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.