Book Review: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover #ItEndsWithUs #ColleenHoover #BookReview #Fiction

It Ends with Us

by: Colleen Hoover

My Review:

The story begins with Lily, a young college graduate who’s just moved to Boston. She’s excited to begin her life, but her father has just passed away, and she’s dealing with some rough emotions. One evening, she meets a man named Ryle on a rooftop. Lily is drawn to him right away, and they quickly fall for one another. Once they get involved in a relationship, Lily realizes that Ryle has some issues from his past, and by now, she’s deeply involved with him. Lily is all too familiar with some of Ryle’s behaviors because she too has an ugly past. 

I’m just going to start by saying that I’m glad I was able to get past the first part of this book. There were issues with the characters from the get-go. I didn’t like any of them, especially Ryle. There were red flags with his character from the beginning. He’s too straightforward and aggressive, and because of this, I was not feeling the emotion or romance in the story. The love they were supposed to have was unconvincing to me. As the story moved on, it seemed odd that some of the characters made it seem like Ryle’s past was a validation for his behavior. Bad decisions were made one after another. Perhaps my biggest problem with the story was the end, which was way too ‘happy’ and came to a close without much explanation. 

With that said, in this book, the author deals with some tough topics regarding abuse, and it becomes incredibly emotional. Why do people stay in abusive relationships? What makes it so hard to leave? Does history repeat itself, and how can you break it? She explores how the decisions we make in life affect the future and others around us. I thought Colleen Hoover did an excellent job dealing with these topics, however, the ending was upsetting to me. Growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father was always a challenge for me, and it made me wonder the fate of certain characters in the end of this story. There were convenient situations and it disturbed me, probably because there wasn’t enough information given to justify a character’s decision in allowing something to take place. I can’t get into it without offering too many spoilers. People who’ve read the book will understand where I’m coming from.

Overall, 3.5 stars. It was thought-provoking. Once I got past the first part of the book, it held my interest to the end.


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.

Book Details:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atria Books (August 2, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1804228206
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1804228203

Thanks for reading my review of It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover. Have you read this book? Do you have any other books by this author you’d like to recommend?


16 thoughts on “Book Review: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover #ItEndsWithUs #ColleenHoover #BookReview #Fiction

    1. I feel the same about the hype at this point. The book is plastered all over Instagram, so I thought it give it a try because I’d never read anything by her. Ryle was a total turn off for me. Someone telling you they want to have sex with you—and not in those words—within minutes of meeting you, to me is a red flag. Just me! 😆 I still wanted to finish the book, and I certainly don’t think she’s a bad author at all. Sorry you didn’t like the book much.

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  1. Excellent review, Mischenko💜 You raise some great points and maybe that’s influenced her decision to write the upcoming story that’s sort of a prequel to this. At least I hope so. I wasn’t bothered by the ending, just had questions, but I definitely understand your points of view.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. I’m looking forward to reading a different point of view for sure. Atlas was the only character I really liked.

      The ending for me needed more closure. I thought certain parts of the ending were too convenient. Not only that, the situation with the baby made no sense; I didn’t like that it was mentioned ‘because my father didn’t do this’ that it was automatically accepted that Ryle would be safe…if that makes sense. It’s probably just because I have my own history, and while my dad may not have physically attacked me, there were other forms of abuse. I appreciated the author’s note though, and I’m not attacking her ways of writing the book. Just being honest. 😉 Thanks for your thoughts, Jo. 💜

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    1. Exactly how I feel, Yesha. Months went by in between before the relationship finally got started, but I just wasn’t feeling the romance or love here. Im going to read some of her other books still. 👍 Take care ❤️

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    1. It was mainly not liking the characters and also some of the decisions made. I didn’t want to rate the book badly because the author didn’t write it the way I wanted. That’s just not fair. Some things just didn’t make sense and weren’t elaborated on. I’ll be reading more of her books still! Thanks, Teri.

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  2. Romance isn’t my cup of tea period, so I would never be tempted to even try this, but throw in “broken” people and that’s an instant no-no for me. I don’t mind if side characters are broken, as they can still show things the author wants to talk about, but I do prefer to read books where the main character has more qualities I want to emulate than learn from :-/

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    1. I can totally understand that, and romance isn’t one of my favorite genres. I’m not even sure why this is considered a romance anyhow. This is a perfect example of seeing multiple positive reviews from friends and jumping in, only to realize the book was nothing like what I expected. It did hold my interest once I got through the first quarter or so. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. At times it was, Tessa. I don’t even know if this should be considered a romance. There are scads of people who will say otherwise though. That’s why I always tell people to take my opinions with a grain of salt. 😁

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  3. Great review Jenn, I know liked this more than you did, but I am coming from a different place. I do agree that parts of the ending were way too convenient. I also agree that this was not a romance. The author’s note explains a lot about the story and her reasons for writing it. I think everyone will have a reaction to this book based on their own lives and history. I also liked Atlas the best in this book and was quite happy to see that she is writing his story.


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