Published August 2nd 2016 by Atria Books
Format read: ARC via publisher
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.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
However, I trust the taste of my pals over at Atria and figured that if they were encouraging me to read the book, there had to be a reason. And they were right. Colleen Hoover has written a compelling, winding and occasionally twisted journey, that actually had me feeling quite gutted while reading.
Hoover introduces us to Lily and Ryan, an initially cute couple. However, like many of Hoover's romances, the story takes a dark turn - transforming into a painful, thought provoking tale of relationship abuse and love that will hit readers like a shot to the heart.
It's difficult to talk about the book without giving away spoilers, so I'm going to keep it vague. However, I will start off by saying that Hoover is absolutely gifted in writing the down and dirty and occasionally horrible truths of relationships, but humanizing them in a way that readers can absolutely understand, and even empathize with the hard decisions that are made.
Given the nature of the subject, Hoover is extraordinarily careful in reminding and sculpting narrative that reminds readers that despite how things may appear from a distance, there is no clear-cut exit for something as complicated as abuse. There are human emotions at play, and as challenging as the reality can be, one also cannot underestimate innate strength and fortitude in grappling with a situation like this. Lily isn't necessarily just a character; she's a reminder of the truths that so many people live.
Lily's decisions, actions and choices will move readers, and will also remind them of the importance of the subject both in fiction and in real life, which is something any good book can ask for.
if you're a Hoover fan, you'll most definitely like this book. (Seriously. It got a starred review from the notoriously fickle Kirkus for a reason.) If you haven't read Hoover before, give this a book a try. It will definitely help you understand why she's a go-to author for so many. Lily and Ryle's story will absolutely compel you.
Strongly recommend, full stop.