It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: the author
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.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
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Firstly, I have to thank Colleen Hoover for the signed ARC of It Ends with Us that I was lucky enough to win in a contest she held. It was an honor and a privilege to read and review this book. I am very and truly grateful for the opportunity!
This isn’t going to be a typical review for me. I do not want to recap the events or even describe the characters too much because I won’t be able to do them justice. Please believe me when I say that it is better to go in completely blind. You will not be disappointed!
I’m also going to be honest and tell you that I was left a blubbering mess by the time I finished this book. I was almost stunned speechless by the impact of this story and the depth of emotion it brought out of my heart and my memories. It Ends with Us is a devastatingly honest and brutally emotional story to read. It is also the very best book I have ever read by Colleen Hoover (maybe even ever, ever).
I do not believe you can categorize It Ends with Us as a ‘typical’ romance novel due to the fact that so many people will have a visceral reaction to the story. I know for a fact that I did. My heart was in my throat for much of the book and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days after I finished reading. This story has sharp barbs and they will grab ahold of your heart and leave a piece of themselves behind long after it ends.
If you have ever read a book by Colleen Hoover, you know that she weaves multiple themes and layers into each of her stories. It Ends with Us is no different, but it feels so much deeper and more personal this time around. What may seem like coincidental or accidental truly isn’t and all of the subtle threads will start to come together to make you realize that the words on the pages are only a small part of the whole picture.
I implore you to read this without seeking spoilers as this is a story that truly needs to be experienced firsthand. Even if you have never been personally affected by the subject matter contained within It Ends with Us, I believe every person who reads this book will be touched in some way or another. It will challenge your beliefs, it will give a voice to impossible situations, and it will remind you that it is ok to ask for help.
I applaud Colleen for her honesty and her bravery to put this story out into the world. I believe that it will give empower and encourage everyone who reads it, for it is a story with both honest perfection and a powerful message.
In addition to the signed ARC of It Ends with Us, I also won a signed copy of Hopeless to giveaway on my blog. To make the giveaway even sweeter, I am also giving away a Hopeless necklace or a Slammed doodle print!
* This giveaway is open internationally and ends on August 4th!
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