Published by Atria Books on August 2nd 2016
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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.
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.
IT ENDS WITH US by COLLEEN HOOVER
**AN ARC was generously provided by Atria Books in exchange for an honest review**
For this book, we had an epic group read and we also had a special guest blogger! Since we all loved it so much we decided to put each of our thoughts below:
“I feel like everyone fakes who they really are, when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others.”
I don’t even know where to start with this review. A day after I finished and I just can’t stop thinking about this book. It was just so powerful. Colleen Hoover is definitely a favorite of the Sisterhood, so when Atria generously sent us the ARC for It Ends With Us, we couldn’t contain our excitement, we really, really wanted to read it. This book has a theme about “naked truths”, when is naked truth time, you have to be brutally honest. My naked truth is that even though I love Colleen Hoover, I have not loved every Colleen Hoover I’ve read. However, there is no denying that even though I haven’t loved some of her previous books (well, mostly Ugly Love), her writing is incredible, and no two of her books are the same. With each book, she surprises me more and more. Her popularity is not due to overhype, she’s truly the real deal.
“Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen seconds that we’ll never get back.”
So what is It Ends With Us about? I wish I could tell you, but I can’t. And trust me you would thank me for it later. This is truly one of those books you have to go in blind in order to truly appreciate the development of the story and all of the twist and turns. I feel like everything I say about it could spoil your reading experience and I do not want that. I will say that this is definitely not a love triangle regardless of the blurb. The best way I can describe it is to say that this is plain and simple Lily’s journey. She’s the main character, she’s the center of this story and everyone else to me was secondary. I loved brave and bold Lily so much. I laughed with her and I cried with her. But above all I tried to put myself in her shoes many times while I read this story. I tried to understand what she was going through and tried to understand why she made the decisions she made.
“We’d just been two people who helped each other when we needed it and got our hearts fused together along the way.”
While reading this book I went through all sorts of emotions. I laughed, I cried, I got sad, I got angry. By the time I finished I was emotionally wrecked. I was happy and heartbroken at the same time. This book is really heavy, it deals with heavy subjects but it’s so well done and so necessary. This book is just so much more; it’s so personal and so raw. I feel like everything in this book is so well crafted, everything has a place, everything has a purpose. Even if this is not necessarily a feel good story, this book was perfect, in every way.
“In the future . . . if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again . . . fall in love with me.”
This book is now definitely at the top of my favorite books ever. Definitely one of my Top Favorites of 2016. Is it my favorite Colleen Hoover book? I’m not sure. My heart was so heavy reading this. Plus, November 9 was also amazing. Is it her most personal book? For sure, just read her author’s note and you will understand why (AFTER you read the book). Do I recommend this book? Absolutely and without a doubt. I think EVERYONE should read this, EVERYONE. And we should discuss this more. So, go pick up a copy of It Ends With Us, I promise you’re in for a powerful ride, this will change you forever.
“It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us.”
“It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us.”
Well, this is going to be short and sweet because there’s really not a whole lot I can talk about. I want to start with the fact that I didn’t cry. Which might actually be a first for me because I’m assuming people placed bets behind my back about how much I would cry. Suckers, you all lost.
This is extremely emotional. It’s personal. It’s hard. At first your not exactly sure how to deal with it, and then things get complicated, and even more emotional, personal, and hard. I understand and agree with everyone Colleen did and her need to tell this story. It may not have been something I’d choose to read generally if I knew the entire context, but it’s important.
I had that a lot while reading, the feeling of importance. That what I was reading meant something, that this could possibly change something for someone. It’s deep and poetic without being pretentious or forced. Hoover’s work just flows constantly.
I finished this book last night and am editing this review eight hours later, so my feelings have had time to settle a little. I need to reiterate again how I understand how and why Colleen did what she did and how she stuck to the characters even when she didn’t want to. With this being said, the first 60% of the book or so, I loved. I agreed with every second. The development, the scenes, the relationship, the angst, Lily recalling her first love as a teenager through journal entries, everything. But after this point the story started to shift and get into the nitty gritty. I know character changes can be confusing. Even in real life, you don’t expect it. But this was so hard to grasp for me. I felt for Lily so hard because I’ve been through a *slightly similar* but way less intense version of one of these moments with a friend. I know how it can affect you. I know how you see that person afterwards and the excuses you have. I get it. But that doesn’t make me any more comfortable reading about it. Even this morning, I’m not sure exactly what it is but I’m uncomfortable about something. I can’t put my finger in it and I’m not sure if I even want to try. I know a good writer will make you feel everything they want you to feel, but it seems that everyone finished this story with hearts (and tears!) in their eyes and a renewed love for the story, but I didn’t. I guess I the odd ball out here. I love Colleen, I always will, but this one is sitting with me differently than everyone else. I guess what I’m trying to get across is that, it’s okay to feel different than other readers do. Your perception and past experiences will dictate that, but I’m also going to stand firm and say that this story will cause a reaction. Some will be good, some will be bad. I guarantee you some people will not like this book and others will love it. It’s all in your perception. But whether you love it or hate it, it will always be important.
Everyone, and I do mean everyone, needs to read this. This is not a book for your entertainment. This will challenge you, make you think, make you evaluate and really look at those around you. How you trust others, support others, understand others. All important values and traits that we as humans need to work on expressing more and judging less.
I can’t really say anything more other than go into this completely blind. I don’t want to talk about characters or plot, so I can do is tell you how it made me feel. Enjoy folks!
Side note, some people are saying this is a triangle and they won’t read it because of such. This is NOT a love triangle. Get it together, everyone! 5 Stars for CoHo’s It Ends With Us.
This has got to be one of the best written books I’ve ever come across. That may sound like hyperbole but it isn’t. The very first thing I said to myself when I finished this story was “this was really amazing” and “I will never forget this story”. And in the middle of the book, all I could think of is how invested I was in the story from the get go and how I couldn’t wait to get back to it. It was absolutely unputdownable which is a true sign of any great book. Am I surprised? Not really. This is Colleen Hoover we’re talking about after all. And this book is up there with my favorite story by her, Hopeless.
I’m not going to spoil ANYTHING about this book because my sincere hope is that people go into it blind. I dove in not knowing a single detail and I honestly think that enhanced my experience. It’s extremely difficult reviewing this book without giving anything away that could potentially steal from the surprises and the twists and turns. You just have to experience it, and that is actually very adequate to the subject matter as well. It will resonate with you differently, depending on your past and current experiences.
All I can say is, if you like Colleen Hoover, this is probably not going to disappoint. She tells this story, about an extremely sensitive topic, with the skill of a virtuoso. Her degree of precision at developing the plot and the characters in a very relatable way is impressive to say the least. Because of the underlying theme and the subject matter, this could have been a train wreck of epic proportions. It’s anything but. The first half may have you worried, I know it worried me. I didn’t really like Ugly Love and I thought this was probably going to be similar to that, but this is a book where I highly recommend sticking it out. The emotional payoff is more than worth it.
If you’re a feminist, this is an amazing book to both have and to share. If you’re an aspiring author, this is a book that is worth studying for how well the twists were laid out and the storytelling techniques employed. If you’re a CoHo fan, this will probably hit all the sweet and tender spots. If you’re an emotional reader, this might just make you cry, if you’re a parent, this is a must have and must pass down to your children, and if you’re just in need of a good, satisfying book, this is all you could want. As a romance reader, I have to say this book is so much more than just a romance. It’s relevant and important, and I’m so happy I read it. The title, when it finally appears in the book, was beyond emotional, it was powerful. And the cover makes all the artistic sense in the world now. If this review is frustrating for how little information I’m giving you, then all I can say is you have to read the book!
The powerful theme is true about most of Colleen’s books. They are significant. They aren’t run of the mill, cookie cutter romances and that’s probably the reason why she’s one of the very few romance writers that has crossed into the mainstream literary world. Her books aren’t ´prurient and shallow. They are special, original and daring.
She makes them brave and bold. 5 stars all the way for me.
What do you do when you love someone with all your heart, but have to love yourself more?
This has to be the most enlightening book that I have ever read. My perception has changed and I hope that it stays that way. I no longer want to see 20/20. I want to see the naked truths. That’s one of the problems in our world, that we shy away from things we don’t want to hear, or feel. We ignore them. It’s easy to take the worst case scenario of a bad situation and make it the standard. It protects ourselves from caring or hurting.
Now I get that none of this makes sense if you haven’t read this book and that it doesn’t clearly identify what I’m talking about. I don’t want it to. If I recommend a book written by Colleen, I don’t tell the person what it’s about. That’s how I feel her books are intended to be read, to receive the message fully.
To say that this book is bold is and understatement. This books is a lifeline. It’s as vital as your heart beating and the inhale of your next breath. It needs to be read in schools. It needs to be taught across the country. It needs to be TALKED about.
I reserve a few books a year that will make me cry. I’m not a big book crier. I hate it in fact. CoHo’s books are always the exception. I almost made it until the Author’s note. The depths that Colleen had to search in her soul to push herself to write this book astonishes me. Thank you for doing that. I have learned a lesson from each book that I’ve read by her. In Ugly Love I learned what it feels like to mourn, in November 9 I learned what it means to forgive and in this book I learned that your sacrifice for the greater good is always the right answer.
I was blessed to have a wonderful friend send me this book. It delights me that she wanted to send it to me just because it made her happy. Thank you Shannon. It was also blessed to read this with a group of ladies that share my love for Colleen and her amazing writing.
Don’t worry, no spoilers ahead, but if you have read It Ends With Us then you know that Ellen DeGeneres’ names comes up quite frequently. I would love to see CoHo be invited to Ellen’s show. Maybe not right now as the book is about to come out and we don’t want people to be spoiled by it, but I would love to see this book discussed on a national platform.
In 1976 Nadia Comenci became the first gymnast in Olympic history to score a perfect 10 on several of the events. She became the youngest all around Gold Medalist ever. In 1996, after stating to her coach that she couldn’t feel her leg, Kerry Strug vaulted her team to Gold after she stuck the landing on her bad ankle.
What in the ever loving eff does this have to do with Coho? Have you ever read a book that moved you so deeply that all you do is think about said book? Have you ever read a book that sends you the most powerful message in the most heartbreakingly beautiful way? I just read THAT book. THIS BOOK.
This book is a perfect 10. I really, really, really wish that I can go through every single detail and tell you all of the things, but I won’t. I can’t. You need to go into this blind, you really and truly do. This was the most beautiful things that I have ever read. There were so many layers to this story, but the way she lays is out on paper to make you FEEL every single emotion and every single detail is beyond perfection. The message in this book is loud and crystal clear and truly so well done. I couldn’t put it down. I told myself that I would stop because of real life responsibilities but I found myself sneaking in a few pages here and there. I am in a serious glass case of emotions right now and I’m STILL trying to process everything. I’ll tell you what, I want to be Colleen when I grow up. I used to want to be Wonder Woman, but nah. Not anymore.
The cover, the story, the characters, the author, the everything, it’s all perfect. I do not give this book a measly 5 stars. I give it a Perfect F**KING 10.
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