First of all this is my very first book review EVER written. Obviously I have recommended books to friends and what not but I have never actually sat down and written out my thoughts. So bare with me while I try and find my groove.
I have a few Colleen Hoover novels saved that looked to be up my alley. However, IT Ends With US was a gift I received for Christmas. It was on my wish list for quite awhile and I was super surprised to receive it! I was excited to start it and dug right in. I finished this read in about 3 days. It was NOT what I was expecting.
The back cover:
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 her 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, but Ryle’s complete version 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 has 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 exiting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
Now.. I don’t like to do spoilers. I am going to try my best not give all the good stuff away. Lily is a strong, young woman. She knows what she wants and goes for it. She moves to Boston and opens up a flower shop called LILY’S BLOOMS. She meets a best friend who happens to be Ryle’s sister. Ryle is busy and she is busy and then they stop fighting it and try to be together. Until her past catches up to her and she has to make some very hard decisions. Colleen Hoover dips into Lily’s past by bringing up these “Dear Ellen Degeneres” letters that as a teen Lily wrote. Pretty much a diary to Ellen. I thought it was clever. When you start to understand what Lily went through as a child and a teen and how it compares to what she is now facing.. you just want to cry!
Ryle is everything the back cover says. He is such a likable character. You can’t help but to fall in love with him. He is a neurosurgeon and works hard to be the best he can be. He also has some devastating secrets that unfold and leave you reeling. The way the author makes you love him even though you see the signs of what is going on is amazing. I could honestly feel like I was in Lily’s shoes and it just tore me up inside. The moment that I realized I was making up excuses for this very lovable Ryle, was the moment I realized that Colleen is an amazing writer.
This book covers new love, old love, and friendship. It uncovers secrets, heartache and abuse. I didn’t want to put it down. I just had to know what was going to happen and when I finished it it left me really thinking. I just love books like that. That change your perception on an issue. To help you understand that some choices are not that easy to make. To be the one on the outside looking in it is easier said than done. The ending was a good one. I’ll leave it at that. Colleen Hoover did a marvelous job. I honestly sat there afterwards and just.. sat there. I don’t think my brain is going to forget the message this book was meant to give. Everyone should read this book. EVERYONE*.
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*Now I know I just said EVERYONE should read it. I stand by that. I just want to give some insight as to content. It is an ADULT book. There is language and sex in this novel.