Review: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Thursday, December 29
My rating:
5 Stars…

Quote…"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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What I loved:

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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What I loved:

In keeping this as spoiler free as possible, there isn't really a lot I can say...
The things I loved were also the things that made this a difficult read. The subject matter is touching, it's shocking, it's disturbing, and at the same time there's an underlying something that slides under your skin and settles in your heart and makes this story painfully wonderful.
I fought against this story so many times - I was a coward, and so I wanted Ms Hoover to change our couple's path and make it easier and less confrontational for me: to change Ryle, to change Lily, to change their circumstances... but in the end everything had to be exactly how it was. That's what made this book amazing. It hurt to read this book, but it was a beautiful hurt.

What I didn’t love:

You know, this all could have been avoided if a certain person hadn't lied about a thing, in the place, in the first place. But again... everything had to be exactly how it was.

Also. Just so you know: This is not a love triangle story. It does not involve cheating. I put off reading it for a long time because the synopsis made it look that way, but don't worry. This story is uncomfortable, but not because of that.

Overall…
Quote…"You're my favourite person."
I felt him laugh a little and it made me smile.
"Out of how many people?" he asked.
"All of them."

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And huge congratulations to Ms Hoover for the GR 2016 Best Romance... totally, absolutely deserved!
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