A devastatingly honest and brutally emotional story, It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover is an impactful and powerful story of courage and empowerment.

It Ends with Us

Review of It Ends with Us

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!

Angsty and Emotional Romance

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.

It Ends With Us is Best Without Spoilers

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 empower and encourage everyone who reads it, for it is a story with both honest perfection and a powerful message.

Thank you for the signed ARC of IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover.  I was lucky enough to win in a contest she held and it was an honor and a privilege to read and review this book.

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About Colleen Hoover

International and #1 New York Times bestselling author of romance, YA, thriller and Women's Fiction. And maybe a ghost story soon.

I don't like to be confined to one genre. If you put me in a box, I'll claw my way out.

My social media username is @colleenhoover pretty much everywhere except my email, which is [email protected]

Founder of www.thebookwormbox.com charity and Book Bonanza.

About the Book


date published : August 2, 2016

publisher : Atria

pages : 381

audiobook narrators: Olivia Song

audiobook length: 11 hrs, 11 min

A devastatingly honest and brutally emotional story, It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover is an impactful and powerful story of courage and empowerment.

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.

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  1. It Ends With us was such a tough read. There was a point in which I darn near decided to give it up. I literally didn’t know if I could keep reading. I’m glad I did, though. I can’t say it was my favorite of her books, but I can say that it’s probably her best book to date. (If that makes any sense at all.) I loved it because of how it all wrapped up, but it really put me through the wringer. Great review. I have to write one for Friday and I have no idea how to write it without giving anything away.

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