It Ends With Us
Checking off another Colleen Hoover book ✅
Pub Date: 8.2.2016
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
“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.”
“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”
I purchased It Ends With Us at the beginning of the pandemic when I was trying to support my local bookstore through curbside pick up, and the book has sat on my shelf since then. Why? Because there is SO much hype surrounding this book. It’s probably up there with Verity with the number of times I’ve seen it while scrolling Instagram. But now there’s the prequel coming out, so it was time to sit down and start reading…
I worked as a domestic violence victim’s advocate in my former life, and I knew when I was first introduced to Ryles’s character that there was something not right. Too many red flags were thrown, and I found myself saying to Lily, “why aren’t you walking away from him?? Don’t you see it??” But then I remembered being young and “in love” and utterly unaware of toxic relationships.
I don’t think I have ever had SO many outbursts while reading a book. The best part is that I listened to 75% of it, so I wasn’t aware of how loud my bursts were… I had to stop listening several times and vent to my husband about what was going on. He was kind enough to remind me that love is blind to these types of relationships, and don’t I “remember working with survivors and how many times it takes for them to be able to leave?”.
Needless to say, this book consumed me. I don’t think I was fully aware of what I would read when I picked up IEWU. In true CoHo fashion, it was incredible and addicting. But, it also broke my heart. It is not an easy read, and please know going into this book that it deals very heavily with domestic violence. Some chapters left me crying because of how real it felt. And, do yourself a favor, make sure to read the author’s note.
I can’t wait for It Starts With Us to be published so I can finally read more from Atlas. As little as his character appears in IEWU, he sure left an impression on my heart.