It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover | Book Review #149


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.

Trigger Warning: Suicide Mention, Gun Mention, Abuse, Attempted Rape

Let me just start this off with: I enjoyed this book. I managed to read the entirety of It Ends With Us just under (or a little over) 4 hours. Lily is a great character who we see through many different situations. Ryle is a character who is a interesting; with some series faults. Together Lily and Ryle are good; they’re really good with each other. There were some instances though, that had the two of them at odds; the instances I’m talking about are very serious.

By the time I finished reading the book, I had gone through a large variety of emotions that seem to come along with reading any of Hoover’s books. I teared up nearing the end of It Ends With Us, which doesn’t happen to me that often.

“Cycles exist because they are excruciating to break.”

I absolutely love this quote. It’s true that cycles exist because they’re excruciating to break. They can be extremely hard to break, and the fact that this quote stuck out the most to me screams volumes at me.

Nearing the end of the book, and the end of the book was incredibly poignant to me. Yet, as sad as the ending is, the way that everything turned out to be, is incredibly important.

The rest of this review will contain spoilers.

Lily, as a character is such an important role. Not only for her future, but for the rest of the reader’s world as well. Lily forms a lot relationships (one 2 romantic,) that are incredibly important. And of course, each relationship she has with people; her best friend, her mother, are incredibly important to Lily.

I don’t want to say too much about Ryle, because hello spoilers! So I’ll keep what I have to say about him short: He was charming, incredibly sexy, and he brought things to the book that I didn’t think he ever would. There’re a lot of mistakes that Ryle made, and he absolutely deserved to live with the consequences.

Over the course of the book, we see Lily live her life. We see so much happen with Lily…. We see her fall in love, both in the past, the present, and an little bit with her future. We experience through Lily the thing that no person, no woman, should ever have to go through. We see Lily be strong, we see her break down. We see lily steel herself and we see Lily make hard decisions.

Over the course of It Ends With Us, we see and experience everything through Lily’s point of view. We also have just a fragment of what happens daily around the world. What some people live with and experience daily. 

There were so many happy moments in this book, just as there were almost as many upsetting moments as well. Somehow Hoover flawlessly has both the past and the present focused into one novel. It’s something that has grown on my over the books that I’ve read from Hoover.

I’m incredibly glad that this book exists. Lily’s point of view brings a new light to the table, and like Hoover said in her Author Note, not all of these situations turns out as one hopes. Every incident, every action that a person takes or does not take has a different out come. One could lead the same life as another, and still have a different ending.

As difficiult as writing this book was for Hoover, I love and appreciate the fact that such a popular author chose to write about a book such as It Ends With Us. Bringing to light what most authors find to be scary and terrifying to write about. Yet Hoover did write a book featuring abuse, when so many haven’t (or they have, and I just haven’t found any out there); and if there are other books that deal with abuse, please tell me about it! I would love to get my hands on as many books that deal with social issues as I can!

There are a lot of ways that It Ends With Us could’ve been written and the fact that Hoover, in the end, decided to have everything as it was….just leaves me wanting to cry. Having been in a distantly similar situation, I’m glad that there are books that have such important Social Issues like abuse out there. Not a lot of publishing companies want to, or manage to get Social Issue books published, leaving a lot of people in the dark. For example: A family could raise their child where the kid is the happiest they ever were, but when this kid get their hands on a book that deals with Social Issues, and realize that there are actual people that deal with these situations.. It could mean the world to whomever has read it. A lot of people could feel alone and isolated but when they find the right book, it could mean the world to them.

I’m trying to not set this book up so everyone who will read it will love it; or even try to set this book up to be an end-all to end all books. I imagine that quite a few people will end up hating this story. The fact of the matter is, the reality of It Ends With Us, is that this book is a reality. For many people; women especially, from around the world.

I don’t find books that deal with Social Issues enough, so when I started reading this book, I knew I should buy it. And by the time I finished reading, I still had the same thought pronounced more in my mind.

That’s it for my review of It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. I hope you enjoyed the book; if you’ve read it. If you haven’t read it, I suggest that you do so!

Happy Reading!

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