It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover Review

It Ends With Us review
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, ISBN 9781471156267, 376pp

It Ends With Us is my first Colleen Hoover book and it won’t be my last. I picked this one up based on all the reader love out there for it and overall it was a fast, fantastic read. It tells the story of Lily who meets handsome neurosurgeon Ryle just after the death of her father.

Ryle is adamant that he doesn’t do relationships. All he wants from Lily is a one night stand which she is not going to give him.

Lily has issues from her past to deal with which is brought on by her father’s death. It makes her think of her first love, Atlas, the homeless boy who took shelter in the empty house next to hers when she was a teenager. Lily reads her journals and relives all the good and bad things that happened to them both.

But when Lily comes face to face with Atlas while out on a date with Ryle, she doesn’t know how to feel. Her growing feelings for Ryle complicate matters. And there’s a dark side to Ryle that’s about to come to the surface. Read it to find out more.

I flew through this book. It’s very easy to devour.

Verdict: Read this if you like books about complicated relationships.

**Spoiler from here onward. Don’t read on if you plan to read this book.

It Ends With Us explores the topic of domestic violence–something I didn’t know before reading this book. I always find this subject hard to read about, not because I have ever experienced this, just because it makes me angry and upset that some women have to go through this despicable treatment. It was interesting that Colleen Hoover based some of this story on her mother’s experience of domestic violence and how it impacted her own upbringing.

It’s not an easy topic to write about and the author handled it with sensitivity. As she notes, people often can’t understand why a woman doesn’t just leave her abuser after the first incident but it’s not always easy to do when they love the person doing the abusing or if they don’t have any assets of their own and a place to go to.

My only criticism of this book is that I wanted much more of the Atlas/Lily story line. The book ended well but I would have loved a bit more about their reunion and their new life as a couple. The flashbacks to their teenage interactions were lovely and touching. I felt so bad for both of them.

I also never liked the character Ryle. I thought there were red flags about him from the beginning in his pursuit of Lily. Him being hot and a neurosurgeon does not excuse poor behaviour and I think his behaviour was suspect from the beginning. Obsession, control, jealousy, buying someone a house without letting them be a part of the decision were red flags to me.