It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover is a sensation for all the right reasons, you guys! From the dedication to the acknowledgements – trust me, you don’t want to miss out on a single word from this book.
TITLE : It Ends With Us
AUTHOR : Colleen Hoover
PUBLISHING DATE : August 02, 2016
PUBLISHER : Atria Books
PAGE LENGTH : 376
GENRE : Romance
TRIGGERS : Violence, Abuse, Sexual Assault (attempted)
SYNOPSIS – IT ENDS WITH US
SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE 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, 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.
This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.
“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.”
COLLEEN HOOVER (IT ENDS WITH US)
MY BOOK REVIEW – ★★★★★
It Ends With Us By Colleen Hoover is a poignant story about choosing yourself over someone you love. It is about ending the vicious cycle of abuse that hurts more people than just the perpetrator and the victim, and doing what is best for you. Not what is right in the eyes of society.
I admit that I was skeptical about reading this book, dubbed as a sensation by people across the globe. A revolution, if I must. Years after its publication, this book had taken the world by storm. With my love-hate relationship with overhyped books, I was uncertain about what this book had in store for me. I won’t lie; I did leave this book unread for a good few months after I started reading it in an eBook. But, once I got the paperback, I knew I wouldn’t put it down until I had devoured it in its entirety. Despite having read this book quite a while back, I kept deferring the review-writing. I was uncertain if any combination of 26 letters could do justice to this book.
Colleen Hoover is a maestro at keeping her readers hooked until the end. Ultimately, It is no secret that her narrational prowess is beyond compare, and any respecting literary aficionado wouldn’t dare say anything that would suggest otherwise. One would be disappointed if they were to read the book hoping to revel in a run-of-the-mill romance novel. However, if you keep an open mind while reading, it becomes easy to understand precisely where the author is coming from and what she is trying to make the readers understand.
Unfortunately, I knew what to expect from the book going in. Still, I couldn’t predict the grey area in which domestic abuse seemed shrouded. Being a psychology student and having seen and worked on numerous domestic abuse cases, I can attest that it isn’t as white and black as we’re led to believe. There are shades of grey. And, Hoover has outdone herself with this exemplary novel.
Her characters were dynamic and robust – enough to instigate a spurn of emotions from the readers. The ease yet candidness with which Hoover has been in the emotionally heavy scenes is commendable. More often than not, to get into the protagonist’s mind, you often need a lot of rich details. However, this wasn’t the case here. With a few words, Hoover struck the hammer where the iron was the weakest.
As a note of caution, I would request anyone hoping to pick up this book to refer to all the trigger warnings. The book deals with many sensitive subjects, some of which might dampen the readers’ mental health. However, if you are good to go after reading the trigger warnings, you really should be reading It Ends With Us. After all, who would want to miss out on something so phenomenal? Especially with the movie coming out super soon. *winky face*
Ps. The news about It Starts With Us coming out in September is one of the best news I’e received in quite a while. Can’t wait for it, for real!