by Colleen Hoover
Publication: August 2nd 2016
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; 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.
“Someone once told me that there is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things"
But if you're someone like Colleen Hoover then you only do phenomenal things. Especially when it comes to her upcoming novel IT ENDS WITH US, a book that was deeply personal to her and one that will make you appreciate her writing like never before.
I am a fairly recent CoHo fan and have read most of her novels, enjoying each one for their particular ability to overwhelm me with all 'the feels' and make me ugly cry like nobody's business. Her novels always have the capability to stay with me, her words imprinting on my heart, soul, and mind. Yet this novel....IT ENDS WITH US....is so much more.
I was pulled into this story right from the start, immediately intrigued by the layers of Lily's life and how her tumultuous past seemed to guide her future. Then you experience that first encounter of when she meets Ryle. It's the chance meeting that we all dream of, a fleeting moment that makes your heart race with it's memory. I "shipped" them right from the start even if Ryle wasn't a "shipper" I knew Lilly was meant for him. Then as I am floating on the seas of this relationship a portal to lily's past is open and so I'm introduced to another love, Atlas. I wanted to resist this other man, convinced that this past development would make me change my feelings about Ryle, but is involvement only seemed to enhance the story. Then a defining moment occurred and I was left stunned and a bit confused on how I felt about the situation.
"Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen seconds that we’ll never get back."
I cannot go further into the moment because it would be too spoilerish but understand that it is a pivotal moment that will make you stop and consider what you would do. I honestly grappled with my choices and could understand Lily's. I supported her down to the very end and when a certain scene plays out that mirrors the title I was robbed of breath. It was the wise choice but one that is painful to bear witness to.
As always Colleen's story's benefit from a great cast of characters that are endearing and so vibrant that you can close your eyes and envision them there beside you. I especially adored Allysa and her tenacious spirit and her love for all things Pinterest. Now, that is a person that is after heart. I also adored how Ellen (yes, talk show host Ellen Degeneres) was woven into this story, it was quirky and different but it worked and I looked forward to those moments because I was also "in love" with what was presented there.
For those that may be hesitant because they don't like any shapes in their love stories, please reconsider. This book has much more to it then meets the eye. Once you read the author's note you will understand what I mean and how it makes you want to read this story all over again.