It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE 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, 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.
It Ends With Us is a standalone romance novel. Please note that there is a trigger warning for domestic violence and it contains graphic scenes.
To be honest, I don’t even know where to start with this review. I know that I love Colleen Hoover books and am yet to be disappointed but It Ends With Us is on it’s own level.
I guess that first I want to say thank-you. Thank-you to Colleen Hoover for sharing her story with us. And I don’t mean ‘this’ story, I mean her story. You have to be brave and bold to do that and I want to acknowledge that first and foremost. In another life Colleen Hoover was a social worker and this comes through in her writing. She dives into a subject matter that many would be frightened of and It Ends With Us is no exception. From one social worker to another, thank you for that.
It Ends With Us is truly, in every way, a story of love. How you can love and hate, how love can follow you, how you can love your friends, your family and how that love changes you and creates you and drives you. There is so much love in this story which is unconditional it is beautiful.
For most of the story I wondered why everyone loved It Ends With Us so very much. It was fantastic, of course, but a fantastic that I have come to expect from Colleen Hoover and so I wondered- what set this apart. Now, I can’t answer this for everyone. Each person who reads this book will do so with their own live experiences in mind; the lessons to be learnt from this story are plentiful and powerful and I imagine there are people who could learn something new each time they read it. But for me, as someone who works with family violence almost every day, it was the personal element of this story that truly put this story on its own level. It was the personal element that not only gave It Ends With Us a true authenticity (sadly) but which also made the lesson ‘hit home’.
Yes there is a trigger warning for It Ends With Us but please don’t be afraid. Take a moment in a world of fiction to learn about a topic that we can all play a part in creating change in. Love the story and love the love but also learn a lesson. Take the emotions you will no doubt have felt and use them to create a change, for one person or for many.
For me this isn’t simply a book or a story. And this isn’t simply a book review. It is me pleading to all those who read It Ends With Us to take those lessons, those emotions, and do something. Do something for all those whose lives will be better because of it.
It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us.