Genres: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE 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, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
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. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.
CoHo’s books always have some way to break me apart, something that destroys me and I cry for a day and somehow I feel better because of it. I find them cathartic. They tear me to pieces and I put myself back together through the pages and the words.
It Ends With Us is completely different.
The structure behind it is the same but this holds so much more meaning, so much more resonance. The only thing close to this is how I felt during Hopeless but even that somehow doesn’t compare to the weight of this. The truth behind it. The Author’s Note at the end. It didn’t just break me. It shattered me. Colleen Hoover, you shattered me.
When I originally wrote this review, it was 3am, merely a few hours after I had started the novel and I could barely process the emotional journey I had just been through. It’s been a month and even now I’m struggling to fully comprehend everything I went through on 6th August. The most important thing I can say to my fellow reader when it comes to this book is the following:
Read it. Just do it. It may leave you paralysed or sick or deeply hollow as you read it but the most important thing is that when you come out the other side you have learnt something. You have learnt such a deeply important lesson for life that simply cannot be trivialised. Whether you have experienced anything similar to the situations which occur in this novel or not, it is still deeply important for you to realise what Colleen is trying to say. When you love someone, you put them above everything and if you love them more than you love yourself, a trait I am certainly guilty of with my partner, you cannot guarantee that you would ever let them go. Even if you have to. Lily’s journey is a prime example of the most difficult form of courage. I’m not sure I could be as strong as her, I hope I would be.
Finally, I need to say this now and even if she never sees this, I have to address it to Colleen:
Your words are powerful and they go such a long way. You say that this is the first time you’ve actually written for more than entertainment but I’ll tell you now that your writing before this novel held just as much impact. But of course, you always knew this was different and I have to agree that maybe it’s the sheer candor and real personal lived experiences behind your words this time that burns me even more. The words you have written within the pages of It Ends With Us will change lives, will save lives and will continue to move people throughout the world. I’m just some girl from a tiny rural town in South West England but what you write affects me and it affects everyone who picks up the pages you write within. Never stop doing what you do. You are an incredible woman and I have doubt how proud your mother is of you. But more than anything, thank you.