Book Review: It Ends With Us

IT ENDS WITH US

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It Ends With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 367
Released: August 2nd 2016
Published: Atria Books

My Rating:  4 of 5

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.

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This book…. Gah! I’ve got a lot to say about this book so settle in kids…. I think I’ll start with the easy stuff first. I’ll talk about Colleen Hoovers writing; one thing that stands out most for me is her amazing ability to blend the past and present so perfectly so that each little glimpse makes us understand the characters better. We see this in Ugly Love and November 9 (both of which are amazing too.) This woman is amazing at mixing humor, seriousness and romance to create these wonderful yet heart-wrenching books.

Another thing I really loved about this book was that it was written in the present tense which just added something special to the story. Every scene was in Lily’s perspective so everything that happend in this book it was like I was right there with this character and you knew exactly what she was thinking in each moment. So CoHo nails it again with the writing.

Now I don’t know how much to talk about because the one detail I want to discuss isn’t in the synopsis so I’m not sure if talking about it will be a spoiler. I think if you’ve read the book you all know what I’m talking about and if you haven’t… just go read it!

If you’ve read the book and want to know my thoughts and discuss, check out the spoilery section below:

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ITS NOT TOO LATE TO TURN BACK

So this book really hit close to home because as I you all know by now I live in Zambia and things like domestic violence and child abuse happen way to frequently and no one even blinks an eye because apparently, “every man has the right to discipline his family.” and its so fucking sick. I won’t lie to you kids get beaten all the time and everyone makes a big joke about how they were hit by their parents growing up because apparently its normal to throw rocks at your kid and its down right funny if you father beat you with his shoe or belt.

The sad thing is when you’re not exposed to books like this you keep living life thinking its okay to beat your wife and kids. I grew up in a home where a lot of violent shit happend. Don’t get me wrong my parents didn’t beat me or anything (they cool people) I just saw a lot. So when I read books it tells me I’m not crazy, that things like this are not normal and people shouldn’t even try to pretend that they are. For that I thank God CoHo wrote this book and I prey more people in places like mine read this book or something similar so that they know they aren’t crazy too for not wanting to be abused, emotionally or physically and that its okay to leave when things get bad…

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: It Ends With Us

  1. Great review. I loved this book and totally agree with you in all aspects. I found this to be quite an emotional read but it was also enlightening. I am from Kenya so I get what you mean about domestic abuse in Zambia because its the same here. Sad situation but hopefully one day it will change.

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    1. I’m SO glad you understand because most book bloggers (at least the ones I interact with) aren’t from from Africa so most of them don’t get it… I agree with you, hopefully things change…

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  2. Great review, domestic abuse is horrible in any situation. I didn’t read the book, I did read the last chapter… and that ruined it. Hopefully I’ll pick it up and read it from the beginning, like I should have to begin with.

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    1. I hope you do end up reading it because so much happened in the book to get to that last chapter that I feel like you just have to read the entire book to get the complete effect because it’s a pretty powerful book. (But thats just my opinion :p)

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  3. Indeed this book takes on an important and hard matter. Sadly there’s domestic abuse all around the world… here’s it’s seen as something bad but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, in fact it happens a lot…

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    1. Most time I think it’s just ignorance, people just don’t understand that domestic abuse is wrong and I wish everyone could be educated about it but sadly that’s impossible

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  4. With this book Collen has pointed has taught us so much about complex feelings of domestic abuse, love, and relationships that it is easily one of the best books in its genre of its times.
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this CoHo romance!

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  5. Nice review. this book sheds light on such an important and unfortunately all too prevalent subject. I read part of this book after I broke up with abusive ex-bf, who reminded me so much of Ryle (they both even studied neuroscience). I wasn’t able to finish it because it was just too difficult, but maybe one day. Thank you for spreading the word about this book.

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