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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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.
It Ends with Us
As I sit here with one foot on either side of the ledge, looking down from twelve stories above the streets of Boston, I can’t help but think about suicide.
Not my own. I like my life enough to want to see it through.
I’m more focused on other people, and how they ultimately come to the decision to just end their own lives. Do they ever regret it? In the moment after letting go and the second before they make impact, there has to be a little bit of remorse in that brief free fall. Do they look at the ground as it rushes toward them and think, “Well, crap. This was a bad idea.”
Somehow, I think not.
I think about death a lot. Particularly today, considering I just—twelve hours earlier—gave one of the most epic eulogies the people of Plethora, Maine, have ever witnessed. Okay, maybe it wasn’t the most epic. It very well could be considered the most disastrous. I guess that would depend on whether you were asking my mother or me. My mother, who probably won’t speak to me for a solid year after today.
Don’t get me wrong; the eulogy I delivered wasn’t profound enough to make history, like the one Brooke Shields delivered at Michael Jackson’s funeral. Or the one delivered by Steve Jobs’s sister. Or Pat Tillman’s brother. But it was epic in its own way.
Why I love it
Author, The Golden Couple
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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Finally read and understood what all the fuss was about! I’m usually a thriller reader but I devoured this book in 3 days. I fell in love with Lily, Atlas and Ryle and their tangled story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Bird City, KS
Absolutely loved this book and could NOT put it down! When I’m holding back tears, I know it’s been a great read. Can’t wait to start the next book! I LOVE Colleen Hoover’s books & can’t get enough!❤️
Mount joy, PA
There are so many things to say! I loved that Colleen wrote the “hard truths” about some relationships that a lot of us will never understand. To them, “just keep swimming” holds so much meaning ❤️
Greensboro , NC
Literally could not put down. Loved loved loved. Lily’s journey was heartbreaking but very human and a very important perspective and experience of abusive relationships. 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The most dramatic book I’ve read this year; and that’s quite a few. If you’re wanting to laugh, cry, sob, get mad, and laugh again this book is for you. It’s a love story about healing from trauma.