Book Review of It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover


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, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

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.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

“Cycles exist because they are excruciating to break. It takes an astronomical amount of pain and courage to disrupt a familiar pattern. Sometimes it seems easier to just keep running in the same familiar circles, rather than facing the fear of jumping and possibly not landing on your feet.

My mother went through it.

I went through it.

I’ll be damned if I allow my daughter to go through it.

I kiss her on the forehead and make her a promise. “It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us.”

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It Ends with us is my favorite book by Colleen Hoover. It is a novel that surrounds domestic violence and how it can become a cycle through different generations.

Lilly is a small town girl that comes from an abusive household. Her dad occasionally beat her mom, until it became a more recurrent thing. Lilly promises herself she’ll never live under abuse like her mother did.

The night of her father’s funeral, she comes across Ryle Kincaid, a surgeon that promises he’ll never marry or have children. Lilly tells him about her dreams of opening a flower shop for people that doesn’t like flowers. They part ways, thinking they’ll never cross each other again.

Soon after, her dream comes true. She opens her beloved flower shop! Just when she’s organizing everything, someone comes in looking for a job. Later, she realizes she was Ryle’s sister and they become awfully close.

Ryle and Lilly also develop a relationship. He seems like the perfect guy, until he starts having intense jealousy episodes and becomes aggressive towards Lilly. Every time it happened she slowly starts making up excuses and starts looking back to her teenage years, where she compares him to her first love, Atlas Corrigan.

Atlas was a homeless boy crashing on Lilly’s neighbor’s empty house. She took care of him and eventually they fell for each other. He would often express his dream of becoming a successful chef and opening his restaurant in Boston. Life got in the way and they were separated. That is until Lilly accidentally visits his restaurant, years later along Ryle and her mother.

Despite the numerous signs portraying Ryle’s issues, Lilly decides to marry him. That’s when the nightmare really begins. The reader experiences the whole sickness only someone who has been abused can feel. She starts realizing that “never say never” couldn’t be any truer.

She became her worst fears. Her mother. The abuse consequently makes them closer. It also pushes her towards Atlas once again. He’s so awesome that he doesn’t pursue anything with her until she recovers from the trauma of having a husband as Ryle.

“He pulls back to look down at me and when he sees my tears, he brings his hands up to my cheeks. “In the future… if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again… fall in love with me.”

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I love how Colleen manages to make the reader also empathize with Ryle. He’s not this abusive monster all the time. She actually explains why he is the way he is. He’s not good or bad. He’s just someone that was deeply traumatized when young and can’t fathom how someone like Lilly is with him. Hence the fear of her leaving him someday.

Ryle also portrays a generous amount of guilt most of the time. I think he genuinely wanted to be better but his sickness was bigger than him. Lilly was willing to put up with the good and the bad until she realizes she’s pregnant and she cannot expose her daughter to that kind of behaviour.

I love how she’s so strong to promise for the sake of her child, the abuse ends with them.

Watch out for an upcoming movie directed by Justin Baldoni!