Book Review// It Ends With Us

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Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Book Length: 376
Publisher: Atria Books
Review: 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis

Sometimes it is the one who loves you 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, 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.

My Review

Before I read this, I was skimming some reviews on Goodreads and most of them said something along the lines of “it’s so important for people to read this” and I didn’t understand it because how important can it really be to read (what I thought to be) your average romance novel?! Now that I’ve read it, I completely understand. I’m glad I didn’t spoil any part of the plot for myself because I liked that I didn’t see any of what happened coming and I advise that if you are planning to read this, you don’t read too much into the reviews.

The overall message was powerful, the characters were relatable, and I honestly just like the way Colleen Hoover writes. What I wasn’t too keen about were how Lily and Ryle overused their phrase “naked truth?” every chapter (it just bugged me, it seemed inappropriate at times and they said it far too much) and how some parts were a little too far fetched to be believable but this was minor in relation to the big picture. The author’s note at the end was also an added touch; had me close to tears, it was very personal and heartfelt. Definitely would recommend this book to anyone.

– Catherine

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