Friday, August 5, 2016

Book Review: It Ends with Us

Title It Ends with Us
Author Colleen Hoover
Release Date August 2, 2016

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 didn't really know what this book was about whenever I requested it from Netgalley. I didn't even read the blurb first. I requested it because it seemed to be everywhere I looked. People talk about Colleen Hoover's books. That's not really anything new. I seemed to see this book around a lot more than I've ever seen her others, though.

I've only read one other book by Collen before (Confess) and, while I enjoyed it, it didn't blow me away. I think that, at that point, I had heard so many amazing things about her books that when I wasn't blown away immediately, I was left feeling neutral towards her. However, It Ends with Us changed that. This book hit me hard.

It Ends with Us is a raw and heartbreaking story about finding the courage to make a difficult decision in an impossible situation. There's an important message that so many people need to hear and it's said with such power and finesse. Situations like these aren't so black and white in real life and this book shows just how messy those grey areas can be.

I'm astounded by It Ends with Us. It's one of my top books this year. I'm not sure anything else I read by Colleen Hoover could ever top this. Read this book.


5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Atria Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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