REVIEW: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover



Title: It Ends With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5STARRATINGBNMSynopsis(source):
“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 think about how sometimes, no matter how convinced you are that your life will turn out a certain way, all that certainty can be washed away with a simple change in tide.”

You know those books you pick up that automatically give you a feeling that makes you think ‘this book is going to change my life’? That was my first thought when I started It Ends With UsThis book was so powerful and it delivered an equally powerful message. It Ends With Us will destroy you and then it will put you back together. I’m actually struggling with what I want to write for this review because I can’t even figure out how to put into words how incredible this book was and how much I loved it and how much it made me cry. I also can’t stress enough the fact that you want to go into this book blind and this review isn’t going to go in-depth about the book at all because it would be hard to do so without spoiling major plot lines.

Everyone knows how much I love Colleen Hoover, she is my favorite author. I love her writing style and everything she writes is incredible. I haven’t read a single book by her that I don’t love. However, It Ends With Us is probably the best thing she has ever written. It is next level and shows just how much she has grown as an author. Throughout this whole book I found myself reacting to every little thing and feeling everything the characters were feeling, which I attributed to her incredible writing.  It also just kicked Maybe Someday out of my favorite book by Colleen spot. (And I really love Maybe Someday.)

“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”

The plot of this book is extremely character driven. To say much of anything about any of the characters would give away pretty much the whole book. I will say that I loved Lily and that she is officially my favorite out all of Colleen’s characters in all of her books. She is such a strong character and in the end I was so incredibly proud of her. I cried so much for her and for Ryle and for Atlas and even Lily’s mom. I think the only characters I didn’t shed one tear over was Marshall and Allysa. (Who I loved too by the way.)

I’m a firm believer in there being books out there that help you understand something about yourself you never knew or things that you thought you knew about yourself but were so wrong about. That is the biggest thing I took away from this book. The naked truth that the way I think I would act in a certain situation isn’t how I would probably act. It stripped away all of my preconceived notations and rebuilt them into something else.  It made me think.

“It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us.”

It Ends With Us is unforgettable, powerful, shocking, realistic, and the naked truth. It’s a story of love, yes, but it’s also about the consequences of our actions and making the right choice no matter how hard it is.

It’s the kind of book where once you pick it up you won’t want to put it down for anything and once you’re finished it will stick with you forever.

This book is the reason why Colleen Hoover is my favorite author and I want to thank her for sharing this story with all of us. It was brave and bold.

It Ends With Us is officially my favorite book of 2016.

You can purchase this book on: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository, iBooks, Google Play, Kobo, or you can check it out at your local library!

Who else has read It Ends With Us? 

What did you think?

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20 thoughts on “REVIEW: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

  1. I’ve never actually read a Colleen Hoover book before, I will admit to being a little put off by seeing all the negative reviews I did for Never Never Part 3 but this one sounds interesting. I haven’t read much NA but it’s a genre I do want to start branching out into a little more.
    This is a great review, it’s also great that you didn’t give anything away either, like you said if it’s best to go into this book blind you don’t want to spoil anything for anyone! 🙂

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    • Thank you♥! Exactly! It really is a read you want to go into blind. It’s a book that I might not have given the chance if I hadn’t gone into it blind and I would have been missing out because it was incredible.

      I will admit that I’ve only read Never Never Part 1 and I enjoyed it but haven’t had the motivation to continue and read Part 2 or 3. I think the negative reviews are a reason I didn’t continue it. It’s way different from Colleen’s other books and that might be because it was a collaboration with another author. As far as branching out into NA goes she is my go to recommendation. Her and Jennifer L. Armentrout and Tammara Webber. And if you do decided to read It Ends With Us I hope you love it as much as I did! 😊

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      • That’s all right! And it’s always great when you do go into a book blind and it completely exceeds your expectations, it’s kind of the whole reason for going in blind isn’t it?!
        It’s always been part 3 I’ve seen the bad reviews for but it’s just completely put me off the whole series knowing I’ll likely be disappointed with the ending!
        Thanks for the recommendations, I do enjoy Jennifer L Armentrouts YA books so maybe I’ll start with some of her NA reads next! 😀

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      • It really is! I think some of my favorite books were books that I went into blind. 😊

        That sucks but I know what you mean. I’ll probably never finish it. I wouldn’t want to spend the time getting into a series only to be disappointed in the ending.

        As far as JLA’s NA books go her Wait For You series is amazing. So I definitely recommend it. 🙈

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      • Same here actually, and it’s even better when you don’t have really high expectations because then they’re really exceeded!
        Exactly, it’s always terrible when that happens, especially when it’s a series you love or have high hopes for.
        I’ll get started on those ones at some point soon, can’t say when I have loads on my to-read list I need to get through first! 😀

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      • Exactly! I feel like sometimes I get so hyped about a book that my expectations become too high. I was so hyped for this one that it’s a relief that it was worthy of that hype.

        Yep! That happened to me with this one series I really loved. I accidentally saw a spoiler review for the last book and was so disappointed. I ended up not reading the last book. I pretend it doesn’t exist. 🙈

        I hope you enjoy them whenever you get around to them! And I know what that feels like. 😂

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      • It’s when it goes the other way around that it’s disappointing, though I do find there are more books that are hyped that live up to it than not you know?
        Oh that definitely sucks! Were you disappointed because of what the spoiler revealed or because you saw the spoiler in the first place?
        I have a long to-read list so it may be a little while but I’m sure I will! 😀

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      • Yep and true! So far this year most of the hyped up books I’ve read have lived up to their hype. Which is always good. 😊

        I was disappointed by what the spoiler revealed. It was such a great series too which made it suck even more. I really loved the first two books but then I read that spoiler and I was like nope.

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      • Oh I feel that way too, actually I tend to find a lot of the books I read live up to their hype which is always a good thing like you said.
        Ahh that’s such a shame, do you think you’ll go back to the series again one day or not bother?

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      • Same! I think I’ve rarely come across a hyped up book that I didn’t end up loving. This past year I’ve only read one that I didn’t like.

        Depends. I might one day, far in the future. Right now I wouldn’t be able to though lol. 🙈

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  2. I love how you brought little bits and pieces of the novel into your review. Reading this has brought all the emotions back, and I will promptly crawl in my bed and cry and laugh and smile and cry. Beautiful review.

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      • It’s only been a week since I read ‘It Ends with Us’ and I gave myself that long to process, before I wrote a review and I got emotional all over again thinking about it. I don’t think I will either… It just amazes me. I love ‘It Ends with Us’ so much. ❤

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  3. […] I’m going to say this before anything else, this book explores abusive relationships. Just a warning to anyone who isn’t comfortable with reading a book that explores that topic. That aside, It Ends With Us is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. It changed my outlook on a lot of things. I’ve read a lot of NA and out of every one that I’ve ever read Lily remains my top favorite female. What she goes through as a child and then as an adult only to come out of it with this strength and determination to break the cycle was incredible. The journey in this book is one that I’ve never experienced but Lily was such a realistic character and I admired her for the strength she had. You can check out my review for It Ends With Us here. […]


  4. I loved this book from the very first minute I laid my hand on it. I read it in less then a day and it seemed like I was there in the book. I think I have something you call an “unpopular opinion” when it comes to Ryle. I think there is a huge difference between him and Lily’s father. When Lily tells her mother about Ryle’s aggressive behavior, she tells her that if Ryle really loves her, he will let her go knowing he is not good for her. And that’s exactly what he does in the end: he lets her go even though it was hard for him. I think this might be linked to the motto of the book “sometimes the one who loves you is the one who hurst you the most”. I mean Ryle clearly hurt Lily both physically and emotionally, but I think that letting her go proved that he also loved her. I think that saying goodbye to Lily was Ryle’s final step in overcoming his issues, because when she asked for a divorce he was heartbroken not aggressive anymore. I kinda pity him and I’d love to read the story from his point of view. I think he is a complex character who has been through a lot since a very young age. Love managed to change his whole perceptions about life. Even though there is clearly no going back to his relationship with Lily, I think he deserves a happy ending as well.


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