Published by Atria on 08/02/2016
Genres: Women's Fiction, Romance
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; 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 delivers her most powerful work to date with It Ends With Us. In this novel we have a striking story about the strength it takes to not only stay afloat in this thrashing sea we call life, but how we find strength and resilience enough to swim even when it feels like we’re close to drowning.
This novel greatly reflects the human condition and all its frailties. The characters in this book feel very natural, layered, flawed, and real, particularly the protagonists. The themes presented in this novel are very complex and the choices the characters make are instinctive and authentic, and never do those movements feel scripted, even though it is all penned by someone’s hands.
It Ends With Us is the kind of novel that can change you to your core.
To say that this book is emotional is an understatement. And don’t assume that by emotional I simply mean that it’ll make you cry. It makes you feel everything. The good stories are affecting, they touch you, they move you, and this is a good story.
This isn’t a “Colleen Hoover book” but I sure hope that a year or two from now that it will be a “Colleen Hoover book.”
This Ends With Us is a novel that demands you sit down, shut up, and pay attention. It has something to say, something important to say, and you need to listen.
This isn’t a book that skims the surface, so be ready to dig deep.
It’s sad. Sometimes extremely sad, but experiencing that sadness is necessary because that sadness is the truth.
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Though it’ll put you through the wringer and you’ll feel more than hopeless at times, when it’s all over It Ends With Us delivers a powerful message that I know is already changing lives. Colleen Hoover wrote a book that we can all learn from, one that we can grow from as well. « Hide Spoiler
This book is filled with terrible moments that’ll likely cause your mind to break a little and your heart to break a lot.
It hurts and it heals.
It Ends With Us is unrepentant in its depiction of both the brightness and darkness of love. Anyone who appreciates and enjoys seeing the naked truths of love will appreciate this novel.
This book is Colleen Hoover’s magnum opus. I’ve never felt more connected to her or been more moved, and this is what I call art.
Completely spoiler-free review forthcoming.
Heartbreaking, eye-opening, and surprisingly hopeful. It Ends with Us is an emotional powerhouse.
Colleen Hoover is a hugely popular author, especially in my circle of book friends. It seems that every new book she writes gets rave reviews and is touted as her best yet. That is fantastic for her. She’s an awesome person in addition to being a very talented author, so I love seeing her succeed.
For me personally though, hype can really detract from my overall enjoyment when it comes to books and movies. I get my hopes up really high and a lot of times it can leave me feeling underwhelmed. So to protect myself from that when it comes to Colleen’s books (because she’s one whose books I never want to not enjoy), when she has a new release, I have basically had to unfollow everything and completely ignore anything having to do with the book. I have to go in completely blind, to the point that I don’t even read the synopsis. I knew one thing about this book – that it was somehow based on an experience in Colleen’s life. That’s it. And because I think that all readers should ideally go in with that same lack of knowledge, writing a review for this book is incredibly difficult.
Here’s what I can tell you.
It broke my heart. It opened my eyes. It kept breaking my heart. It made me understand. It broke my heart some more. It gave me hope. I have a whole new perspective on something that I once had a pretty closed-minded opinion of, despite being a pretty open-minded person. I learned that even though I see lots of gray between the black and white in life, that there’s still a lot more gray.
Colleen Hoover is a great writer. I’m not telling you anything that you don’t already know. This book is written beautifully, and even though I felt physically ill during a large chunk of it, I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what happened.
The characters are very complex and well-developed and the writing is superb. The style felt somehow different than what I’m used to getting from her, but I have absolutely no idea how to begin to pinpoint what it was. It was still the writing that I’ve come to love, but it just felt different.
This is not an easy book to read. I have never cried so hard while reading a book and I’ve never felt so emotionally drained afterwards. I’ve never had my eyes opened so wide by a work of fiction. It’s a story that I think everyone needs to read. I don’t know that it will affect everyone the way that it did me, I don’t know that it will be eye-opening for everyone, but I still think that it’s something that everyone should experience.
I don’t know what to say. And that’s probably because I can’t get a handle on how I feel. Confused? Frustrated? Disappointed? I definitely don’t feel happy right now. Maybe I’m just sad? Tara keeps using the word heartbroken whenever we have been discussing It Ends With Us. I guess I might be a little bit of that, too. Whatever it is, it doesn’t feel good. It feels sick and ugly and makes me want to sob and throw something.
I’m mad. Let’s go with that.
As far as Colleen Hoover books go, I’d say It Ends With Us doesn’t deserve to be compared to her other titles. Not because it’s better or worse, but because it’s simply different. Yes you get an incredibly well plotted storyline, characters that demand follow up books, sentiments that make your heart flutter, and humor that lightens even the most dire situations. But what It Ends With Us has that sets it apart is an honest and vulnerable complexity that morphs that storyline into an insurmountable one, darlings into villains, sentiments into talismans, and humor into distraction. It has equal parts heartbreak and despair as it does love and contentment.
I think because my experience is still so fresh I’m having a hard time convincing you that you should absolutely read this novel. Yes it was difficult to read, but it never felt like too much. Colleen is a master at balance and just when you think it might be time to pause, she reels you right back in with thoughtful introspection or shifts the focus or mood to something more lighthearted. I will say that I loved reading Lily’s journal. It depicted a girl who was compassionate and aware of others despite the madness of her own situation. There are other little bits here and there but I thought the journals were the most powerful way to experience the chronicling of first love during the development of current love which lent a sense of much needed bravery and hopefulness to the story in the most desperate times.
Colleen Hoover has given readers an unforgettable and powerful story in It Ends With Us that should not be missed or taken lightly. I loved it and I believe that readers who have ever experienced love will find themselves easily empathetic and similarly thankful for a story that pushes the boundaries of fiction.