It Starts With Us

Thank you, Atria Books, for the gifted copy of It Starts with Us 💙 {partner}

Genre: Romance
Trope: Second Chance
Format: 📖
Pub Date: 10.18.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆


“Lily and her ex-husband, Ryle, have just settled into a civil coparenting rhythm when she suddenly bumps into her first love, Atlas, again. After nearly two years separated, she is elated that for once, time is on their side, and she immediately says yes when Atlas asks her on a date.

But her excitement is quickly hampered by the knowledge that, though they are no longer married, Ryle is still very much a part of her life—and Atlas Corrigan is the one man he will hate being in his ex-wife and daughter’s life.”


“I can draw a seedling with two dirty branches. Yours and mine. We’ll be on our own brand-new, tiny family tree — one that starts with us.”

I will keep this review short and sweet because what hasn’t been said about It Ends With Us, and It Starts With Us? These books have been all over Instagram and TikTok lately, and if I’m entirely honest with myself, I was skeptical about this second book. But, dang it, I needed it. I didn’t realize how much I needed it until I’d finished the last page.

The only issue I have with this book is Ryle’s sister and brother-in-law. In my opinion, they stepped in WAY too late. There is no excuse for abuse (mental, physical, or emotional). If you have a family member or a friend who is abusive to their spouse, kids, or whoever, you need to step in and make it your business. It is not okay. Okay, end rant.

Back to things that make me happy about this book, and one of them is Atlas. He reminds me so much of my husband, and I think that’s why I love him.

Oh, and for all you CoHo fans out there — It Starts With Us is not your typical book from the author. When Colleen Hoover said she didn’t want to retraumatize Lily in this book, she meant it.

Format: 336 pages, paperback
Published: October 2022
ISBN 9781668001226 (ISBN10: 1668001225)

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