Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Colleen Hoover’s latest, It Ends With Us. You’ll find my five star (spoiler free) review below. There’s also a great giveaway for you to enter! Thanks for stopping by.
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: eARC, 384 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
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.
I’ve written a lot of reviews in my time as a book blogger, but this is probably going to be the toughest one I’ve ever had to write. I’ve been trying to come up with the words to review It Ends With Us since the book hangover ended and I’m still at a loss. I’m not sure there’s a good way to review it without running the risk of spoilers and I’m certain none of my words can do it justice. So, bear with me.
I’ve been terrified to read It Ends With Us since I first read the blurb. The blurb is pretty vague, so I didn’t know exactly what I was getting myself into, but with a title like It Ends With Us, I was pretty sure it was going to ruin me. It did, but not really in the ways or for the reasons I expected. This book inspired a lot of feels in me. They weren’t all good. I was sad, worried and frustrated. I’ll admit I sat in judgment of the situations unfolding a time or two. I had a love-hate relationship with the characters and the book. I was worried about how things would pan out. I was preparing myself for the worst. I was stressed out. And I drank a good bit of wine. My emotions were in a huge tangle nearly the entire time I was reading. Now, I’m not going to tell you about the plot because, really, you need to know as little as possible about it to get the full reading experience. I will tell you is that this is NOT an easy book to read. I can see where it could trigger strong reactions from people who have been through similar situations themselves or with a friend or family member. If I’m being honest, there was a point where I almost gave up reading it. I’m glad I didn’t stop. The payoff is there. You just have to get through the tough stuff to get to it. (My recommendation to those who aren’t sure if they can/should read it… read the dedication in the beginning of the book. Think about it. Then decide if you can handle the story.)
Like with Colleen’s other books, I found myself putting myself in the shoes of the main character. It was easy to understand where Lily was coming from, even as much as it frustrated me at times. I even found myself making excuses along with her at times. This book was told through two different timelines, all through Lily’s eyes and I liked how that worked with the story. It wasn’t all heavy. There were sweet and sexy moments. There were amazing friendships. It gave me an abundance of feels of ALL the varieties. I was absolutely exhausted when I finished this one, thanks to the emotions it pulled from me.
It’s not often that I can say this, but the author’s note at the end of the book is every bit as important as the book itself. It gives you further insight into the importance of this book. With it, I understood further why Colleen wrote this story. It made me cry more than the book did, if I’m being totally honest. So I’m just saying, read the book. Then read the note. Don’t skip over those pages.
It Ends With Us is an important book. It’s a tough read, yes, but that doesn’t diminish the importance of it. It’s easily Colleen’s best book yet, even if it’s not my own personal favorite. (You know me. I love my romance. That’s just how I roll.) Don’t get me wrong… I LOVED it, but it definitely inspired conflicting feelings. But it was hopeful and I was a lot happier with it in the end than I feared I would be about halfway through when I was questioning whether or not I would continue reading. I’m glad I pushed through the tough parts, poured another glass of wine and kept reading. It was worth it. I shouldn’t have ever doubted Colleen’s storytelling. Lesson learned. 🙂
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
“I feel like everyone fakes who they really are, when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others.”
Both of us become a medley of moans and gasps as the kiss brings us over the edge, our bodies wanting more than our mouths can deliver.
“You have to stop being so perfect. You’re already my favorite person but now you’re making it really unfair to all the other humans because no one else will ever be able to catch up to you.”
Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person.
Life is a funny thing. We only get so many years to live it, so we have to do everything we can to make sure those years are as full as they can be. We shouldn’t waste time on things that might happen someday, or maybe even never.
We’d just been two people who helped each other when we needed it and got our hears fused together along the way.
Maybe love isn’t something that comes full circle. It just ebbs and flows, in and out, just like the people in our lives.
Five minutes. That’s all it takes to completely destroy a person.
In an effort to keep things non-spoilery in the comments section, I’m just going to ask this…
Have you read any of Colleen’s books?
Which is YOUR favorite?