REVIEW: It Ends with Us by 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.

Goodreads rating: 4.41/5🌟

My rating: 5/5🌟

CW: Violence, abuse, strong language, rape

This book touched me, wrecked me, destroyed me. The words were so beautifully written that we could understand the main character’s feelings. The characters were likeable. Well, some were assholes, but that was the point of this book.

Trauma is not something you could easily erase from your memory. It is not something that can be eradicated from your life in a few months’ time. It takes years, it takes a lot of effort, and in some (many) cases, it will just stick with you until the day you die. It eats you whole. It takes you away from your yourself, until you’re left with this empty shell. Some people may not even realise they have trauma, until a similar scenario flashes in front of their eyes, and they are brought back to the horror of the day of incidence.

Lily’s story is not just some fictional fantasy, it is real, and it is happening to many people around us. Colleen Hoover puts Lily’s thoughts into words that describe them perfectly, and I couldn’t help but feel a sad for her. I ached for her. It felt like a huge lump was inside of my chest, struggling to come out–but couldn’t.

The romance in this book was so beautiful, wonderfully written. And with the author’s words, I got swooped in to the hands of an abuser, just like Lily. His demeanor, his gestures, his words, I fell for him, and I hated him.

But Lily’s true love–he was one of the most beautiful characters I had come across so far. I loved, loved him.

“In the future, if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again . . . fall in love with me.”

This book–it’s flawless. I cannot put into words just how much I love it. It easily becomes one of my top books. Thank you, Hoover. For this beautiful work of yours.

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