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It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

It Ends with Us

by Colleen Hoover

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This Colleen Hoover novel of a love triangle with some very sharp edges reveals how those who love us can also hurt us.

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    Heavy read

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    Love triangle

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    Graphic violence

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This book contains scenes that depict domestic violence.

Why I love it

Sarah Pekkanen
Author, You Are Not Alone

Years ago, a book publicist slipped me a novel by Colleen Hoover, promising, “She’s going to be big.”

Publicists aren’t known for understatement, but this sure turned out to be one.

The buzz about Hoover is everywhere: Bookstagrammers weep into their cameras as they praise her writing. Hoover is often a triple or quadruple threat on bestseller lists, with her titles dominating the fiction categories. “CoHorts”—as her fans are dubbed—rave about her raw, powerful storylines and relatable characters.

It Ends with Us is arguably Hoover’s most powerful, heartfelt book. It contains two love stories entwined together—one from protagonist Lily Bloom’s past, and one set in the present day. When a chance encounter brings both men into the same room with Lily, it’s impossible to know which guy to root for, at least at first. Someone’s heart will surely be broken, but Hoover takes us to such an unexpected place that it is we readers who end up with hearts that are shattered, then slowly mended. Lily’s story grips you early on and doesn’t let up until the final, bittersweet chapter.

Hoover once wrote on Instagram that she doesn’t think of writing as work. Her fluid prose might be evidence of the ease with which she crafts stories, but make no mistake: this is not a lightweight read. It Ends with Us is a vitally important book, one that will make you cry, make you think, and make you a CoHort for life.

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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.

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Get an early look from the first pages of It Ends with Us.

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  • San Antonio, TX

    Absolutely amazing and heart-wrenching all at the same time. It had me crying, sobbing, and screaming every few pages. I’m also a sucker for epilogues, or conclusions, so that was a plus. Loved it! <3

  • Virginia Beach, VA

    A true anti-love story. Yes, there’s love, but this book holds so much more. It’s about heartbreak and unmet expectations. About forgiving yourself for making the most difficult decisions thinkable.

  • Fredericksburg, VA

    Wow. Just wow. An amazing love story that’s also tragic and made me cry multiple times. Colleen really has a way of making the reader think like the main character and understanding the choices made.

  • Myrtle Beach , SC

    Probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. I laughed, cried, and couldn’t put it down once I was within 150 pages of finishing. Literally stayed up until 1am to finish reading. Highly recommend!

  • Newark, OH

    I can’t come up with a word to explain how much I loved this book!!! It brought me tears a few time both from sadness and joy. This is a must read for anyone looking for a book with real substance.

  • Timnath, CO

    I heard about this book but wasn’t at a place where I thought I could read it yet. I waited until last month when I added it to my box- I’m so glad I did. Great portrayal of a survivor. Thank you!

  • Meridian, ID

    I know this a romance but it is so much more. Beautiful story that feels real to the experiences of those in an SA relationship. Ending eas kind of too tied up in a bow for me but overall really great

  • Waterbury, CT

    This was a heartbreaking but fast read. I was engrossed in Lilly & Ryle’s tumultuous relationship. Important glimpse into how hard it is for women to leave abusive relationships & break the cycle.

  • Enfield, CT

    This book was graphic and there were times where I couldn’t wait for it to be over. The issues discussed are entirely real and I hope this book helps women everywhere to find their inner strengths.

  • Mount Rainier, MD

    A powerful novel about an incredibly heavy topic. The author rather flawlessly takes us through the complexities and nuances of the cycles of abuse. I finally understand why this book is so popular.

  • Greenfield, WI

    This book gave me all the feelings. I could empathize with and feel the emotions Lily experienced. I loved (and hated) the characters. I also really appreciated reading the authors note at the end.

  • Acton, ME

    Absolutely LOVED this book. I laughed and cried while reading this book. It really gives an in-depth explanation of the feelings DV victims go through. Couldn’t put it down and highly recommend.

  • Arlington, TX

    She's my favorite author for a reason. This is definitely a must read. In all honesty, you can't go wrong with any of her books. This one is top of my CoHo list, though. Get it. Read it. Love it.

  • Cleveland Heights, OH

    TW: Abuse. Parts of it were really tough to read. However Lily & Altas’ love is something everyone needs to experience. Incredible story of an amazing young woman. A WHIRLWIND of emotions!!!

  • Fort Worth, TX

    Great book, but major trigger warning for physical and emotional abuse. Hoover is someone I will always read. She pulls at your heart and has you rooting for the characters the entire journey.

  • Fairborn, OH

    I didn’t love this one to begin with, and I’m not a fan of Ryle at all, but I couldn’t put the book down. I loved Lily’s character development and the ending was pretty good overall!

  • Oakley , CA

    Took with me on a trip and finished it in one day. Compelling characters! The only part I wish was more flushed out was Atlas’ because I found myself wanting more of him in the storyline!

  • Crestwood, IL

    I’m writing this review at 2 AM, trying to digest the rollercoaster ride it put me through the last two days. Highly recommend it. Such a beautiful book, but be prepared to possibly cry.

  • cypress inn, TN

    It is so heartbreaking and heartfelt at the same time. It takes a different spin on a traditional romance novel. Colleen Hoover wrote it really well. It brought so many tears to my eyes!!

  • Lyles, TN

    All the feels. This book will be on my top three books of recommendations, for sure! The notes from author and how it ties many things within the books makes it so much more interesting.

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