Title: It Ends with Us (It Ends with Us #1)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: 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, 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.
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I was mentioning this in my Weekly Quote article that Colleen Hoover is one of the authors that scare me because of all the feelings I have after finishing her books. My heart is shattered into a million pieces and then put back together. Her stories are emotional and with a deeper meaning. So I finally started “it Ends with Us”, mentally prepared for what was going to happen. I had no idea on the content, as I’ve avoided reviews and spoilers for years.
Our main character Lily has had a difficult childhood. With and father having alcohol problems and abusing her mother, she found comfort in her neighbor Atlas. He himself living in precarious conditions, the two form a beautiful friendship. However, the possibility of a better future for Atlas leads to the two being separated. Years later, Lily opens a flower shop in Boston and meets Ryle, a neurosurgeon whose main focused is his career. His relationship is based on always being truthful to one another and that seems to make them both content with how the things are going.Unfortunately, soon after their relationship starts, Lily’s past returns and she finds herself in a similar situation as her mother.
There are so many layers to the story, the most significant one being the courage to walk away from an abusive relation. As the author herself explains in the end, it is difficult to walk away from the ones we love and it is very easy to judge looking from the outside.Colleen Hoover offered a complete insight into Lily’s life and reasoning. Her struggle is between reason and feelings: she knows things will not improve, but she still loves Ryle, or maybe she still desires to fix their broken relationship.
I loved all the other elements in the story as well. Lily wants to have a successful flower shop, so she comes up with a brilliant idea that make her bouquets unique. The friendship she has with Ryle’s sister was beautiful as well. But most important, I like how at some point she comes back to her mom looking for support.
Sometimes, even grown women need their mother’s comfort so we can just take a break from having to be strong all the time
I’ve spoken about this book in a Moody Melon Book Pick article as well and, as I as was also mentioning to the readers over there, we should all take a moment to bring encouragements and positive emotions to all women out there in this situation. I loved this book.
Until next time, happy reading!
About The Author
International and #1 New York Times bestselling author of romance, YA, thriller, women’s fiction and paranormal romance. I don’t like to be confined to one genre. If you put me in a box, I’ll claw my way out. My social media username is @colleenhoover pretty much everywhere except my email, which is firstname.lastname@example.org Founder of http://www.thebookwormbox.com charity and Book Bonanza.