It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: August 2nd 2016 by Atria Books
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, 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.
**This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.**
It Ends With Us is one of those books that I never would have even considered reading before, as it deals with a topic that can easily turn dark and dismal. It’s just not my cup of tea. With that being said and prior to me reading the book, I heard from others who had already read it that it’s one of the best books she’s written, if not the best. I read 3 of her books prior to IEWU and they have all had such a strong impact on me and touched me in so many different ways than I would have expected prior to reading them. It Ends With Us is no exception. I’m so glad that I did read it because it really educated me on a subject that people usually shy away from talking about and that I previously was only familiar with because of the news or pop culture.
“Someone once told me that there is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”
Of course, entering the book with the knowledge that it was about abusive relationships, I had the “outside view” of the situation as Colleen termed it in the book. Thankfully, I haven’t had to experience abuse first-hand in my family (with the exception of my aunt, who has since then remarried), so I did not really have a full understanding of abusive relationships. After reading the “inside view” of an abusive relationship I can understand why someone would stick with an abusive relationship, no matter how unrealistic it may sound to outsiders. It honestly broke my heart at times, knowing that you’ll have to end something between yourself and a loved one in order for you both to live a healthy life. But the fact that Colleen was able to show the readers that no matter how dark of a place you may be in at the moment, there will always be a light to guide you out of it.
“Life is a funny thing. We only get so many years to live it, so we have to do everything we can to make sure those years are as full as they can be. We shouldn’t waste time on things that might happen someday, or maybe even never.”
It Ends With Us really opened up my eyes to some internal battles within a relationship that can easily go unnoticed on the outside. I feel like it’s a book that everyone should read, no matter their age. Abuse in general is something that isn’t discussed very much and should not be considered lightly. For it to be written by someone who has personally experienced it in their life, it really impacted the dynamic of the book. Thank you Colleen Hoover for writing such an impactful book and for sharing a big piece of your life with your audience. I feel like there aren’t many books out there that hone in on emotions and pure human feelings like yours do, so thank you. I will forever be grateful for all the lessons your books have taught me and can’t wait for more to come ❤