It Ends with Us
by: Colleen Hoover
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.
- 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?