It Ends With Us is a book that I’ve seen nothing but positive buzz about online, so when I saw it was available on Amazon for only 99p last week, I snapped it up pretty quickly.
It wasn’t long before I got sucked into the story of Lily Bloom, navigating her way through the chaos that is being twenty-something in modern-day America and shake off the shackles of her past. This beautiful love story deals with a lot of tough issues but does so without ever feeling preachy.
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.
I’ve never read anything by Colleen Hoover before, but if everything is as good as this, she must be phenomenal. It Ends With Us is beautifully written, painfully evocative, and delicately drawn. Lily’s past and present collide as she forges her way through her relationship with Ryle, navigating the perils of small business ownership, and her relationship with her employee and best friend over the course of several years, as well as acknowledging how her past has shaped her and what the people who experienced that with her mean in forging her way through her life as an adult.
This book deals heavily with the topic of domestic violence, and is really excellent at drawing the delicate links between abuser and victim, and showcasing how people can get sucked into situations that they then don’t feel able to escape.
I was compelled by this book, and read it over the course of a day and a half, and was left pretty emotionally fulfilled by it, in the end.
I had two main complaints, however. The first was that the transitions to the Ellen diaries, which lay out Lily’s backstory, felt rather forced and clunky, which marred my enjoyment of it. The exposition of Lily’s childhood and her relationship with Atlas really felt like it was just thrown in there any which way, and didn’t gel with the rest of the gentle exposition of the book.
The second complaint was that everything seemed to move very fast for Lily and Ryle. For the entire book, she’s 23-25, and there’s a lot of development there. Perhaps it’s because I’m 26 and nowhere near that kind of commitment to another person, but it just felt like Ryle and Lily rushed into things. Then again, though, maybe that’s characteristic of their kind of relationship, and I’m being needlessly judgemental.
It Ends With Us was a really enjoyable and emotional book, and definitely worth the 99p I paid for it. I would definitely recommend it, although possibly not for anyone who is likely to be emotionally affected by some of the traumatic scenes in it, as it is quite powerful.