The newest, highly anticipated novel from beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author, Colleen Hoover.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.
There is so much hype about this release. It’s everywhere I look. I’m not sure if I am let down because so many people say it was amazing and deserves all the stars that when I read it I expect it to be the best book she has ever written. I’m in the minority here by giving the book 3 stars. I love Colleen Hoover. I have read every single book she has written and I know her books are amazing.
I went into this book completely blind. I do this with most of my books that I read, but it should also be noted that Colleen didn’t want people to know much about the plot either. This is the part that I’m really confused about. I don’t understand why the plot is such a big secret. There isn’t a huge shock/twist element that I have come to know and love about Colleen’s writing. The concept for the book was revealed within the first few chapters.
Why do I feel just meh about the book? I feel like it was slow. Colleen’s books are usually fast paced and suspenseful. They have you turning that page as fast as you can, but this book I found myself setting it down to do other things instead of telling everyone to leave me alone so I can finish the book as fast as I possibly can.
I do think that this book will bring a lot of information to readers and help them empathize with situations that they may not have previously understood. My favorite thing about Colleen is how generous she is. She constantly gives back to people and expects absolutely nothing in return. I believe she was a social worker before she started writing full-time. What a great job fit, or maybe not. She is extremely caring, so she wants to help people, but I’m sure it hurt her heart seeing people who need so much help and only being able to do so much about it. While I was reading the book I kept thinking about her in this job and maybe the story had something to do with it. The way that she tells the story and explains the logic through the character’s voice tell of someone who has been in those shoes. It told of experience.
What do I like best and least about the book? I really think the biggest reason for the average rating is that it was too slow for me. The one thing I do like is that it will help people understand and empathize with people in those situations and help them realize not to judge someone so quickly.
I do have some examples of specific things that I don’t like about the book, but they would be considered spoilers. I think that my biggest issue with the book is the pace, and that alone is enough to justify my 3 stars without giving away specific plot lines to someone who still wants to read the book for themselves. If you want to know specifics, feel free to contact me and I will calmly discuss the specific things I didn’t care for in the book.
Everyone connects, or doesn’t, to a book differently. Yes, I didn’t connect with this one, but it will not keep me from reading another book by Colleen. I enjoy her books. She is an author that I automatically buy her books and even pre-order them without knowing anything about them. That is how much I enjoy her books. It just happens that I didn’t connect with, “It Ends With Us,” and that’s okay. You don’t have to love every book.