Book Review – It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

August 5, 2016 New Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Book Review – It Ends With Us by Colleen HooverTitle: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Published by: Atria Books on August 2, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
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five-stars

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.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: November 9, Without Merit

One Line: A true page-turner. This isn’t just a Colleen Hoover book, it’s THE Colleen Hoover book.

In My Opinion: Must. Read. NOW!

Wow! Just, wow! I have been a longtime fan of CoHo since her first days of Hopeless and Slammed, but I have to admit, over the years her books never won me over like those first few did. I still enjoyed all her books and her writing is so thought-provoking and emotional, but I just never got that same “amazed” or “awe-inspiring” feeling. That is, until this book. I totally went into this thinking it would be just another CoHo book. Little did I know that it would be THE CoHo book.

As some of you may know, I haven’t been as much of a reader this year as I have been in the past. Even less so are times you’ll see me really engaged in a book to the point where I can’t put it down. That has only happened twice this year, but now It Ends With Us will make it three.

Let me preface this review by saying, don’t let the synopsis fool you. Yes, there is a love triangle of sorts in the book, but it’s not exactly what you think. That aspect of the book is merely a fraction of the what actual story is about and it certainly doesn’t take away from the real focus of the plot, at least not in the way you would believe. I urge those that are hesitant about “love triangles” to still give this one a shot, because once you read this book, you won’t know what hit you.

Lily is just plain amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better character. I genuinely liked her right from the start and going through this journey with her was unbelievable. I loved every minute of it, even when it broke my heart, or made me see RED. I truly felt for this girl and all she went through in the past and while in the present with Ryle and Atlas. I loved that she chased after her dream, despite how scary it was. I loved that she was willing to take chances and give people the benefit of the doubt. And I loved how fiercely she loved and how strong of a person she is. There were a lot of times throughout this book where I didn’t know what choices she would make and how her relationship with Ryle would play out. It could’ve gone one of many ways, but ultimately, I’m so happy with how it ended. It’s bittersweet, but still just as fantastic.

As for Ryle, I must admit that he is quite the charmer. He knew exactly what to say and often surprised me with how honest he was. I really, really loved Lily and Ryle’s “naked truth” thing. That’s quite possibly my favorite thing about their relationship. Anyways, Ryle had his good moments, his bad moments, and also his really bad moments. I appreciate CoHo for writing him the way that she did. And Atlas, he was a gem and I really wish I had seen more of him. He’s definitely important to the overall story and his relationship with Lily is palpable at times, but yeah, I wanted more.

I don’t know if going in you as the reader will know what exactly the subject matter is about, but in case you don’t what I’m about to say next will be placed under the SPOILER section. I considered leaving it out, but I simply cannot talk about this book without talking about the subject matter. Just know that I won’t discuss specifics, like what happens to the characters, just my personal thoughts and opinions on it. The SPOILER warning is just for those who don’t want to know what the subject matter is until they actually read it.

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Hands down, this is my favorite CoHo book, which is surprising because I never thought any of her books would dethrone Slammed. I firmly believe that because this book hit so close to home for CoHo herself, that’s what makes this one stand out. She poured her heart, soul, and literal tears into this book and you can see it in every line she wrote and in every action and thought her characters had. It’s not often that once I’m done reading a book, I immediately want to reread it, but that’s definitely the case here, despite knowing that it will wreck me all the same when I read it again. This story and its characters stayed with me for days after reading this book and that hardly ever happens. Oh, and that Author’s note?! Broke. My. Damn. Heart. I seriously want to hug CoHo so bad and I also want to say how amazing her mother truly is.

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About Colleen Hoover

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, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice – for Confess in 2015 and It Ends with Us in 2016. Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.

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