It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Release: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Atria Books
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.
I haven’t been so moved and touched by a book in a while.
In It Ends with Us, we meet Lily Bloom, a woman in her early twenties who dreams of opening her own floral shop. She’s just returned to her new home, Boston, from delivering her father’s eulogy. On a random rooftop, she meets Ryle Kincaid, a neurosurgeon resident who doesn’t believe in relationships so he just doesn’t do it. He only accepts one nigh stands and Lily isn’t that kind of girl so she moves on and hopes to never see him again. But he continues to infect her mind and she periodically sees him throughout the year. In the back of her mind, she can’t forget about her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she tried to help. When they’re relationship deepened while they were teenagers, they each saw the darkest parts of each other. Little does Lily know, Atlas still lives in Boston. When Ryle and Lily start a relationship, Lily sees Atlas again. She loves Ryle but wants closure with Atlas.
We all know my love and devotion to Colleen Hoover. Again, she doesn’t disappoint. The writing is wonderful, the world is vivid. I’m just going to get to my thoughts on the story.
The story was very believable, very realistic. I related to the story more than I’d like to admit so it really put into perspective my childhood and my feelings on the subject. I could understand the character because I was once the character as a child.
What I loved about this story is that it didn’t go the exact way I thought it would. It ended like I thought but in a different, nicer way that didn’t detract from the story at hand. It didn’t make it weird and unbelievable. The ending respected the subject matter.
To me, this story is more mature than others on the topic and in this genre because it took a different journey and didn’t leave me disappointed in the end.