Saturday, August 20, 2016

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Title: It Ends With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genres: Romance, New Adult
Synopsis: 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.

My review:
Holy crap. HOLY CRAP. This book, this author really knows  how to tug on your heartstrings. I honestly don't know how to talk about this book without going into spoilers. So there will be a spoilery part down a bit later. 
One of the things I loved about this book was the characters. I loved how they all interact. I love how real they felt. I love how they all loved, cared for, and supported each other in their own ways.
Lily was such a fantastic character and I loved reading from her point of view. It was really eye opening. Her relationship with her parents, with Atlas and Ryle, with Issa. I loved seeing her interact with mostly everyone. 
And that's it. That's all I can say really (I know it's not much) without spoiling anything. So I'm going to just dive right in. You have been warned.

I'm going to start off by saying that I seen massive spoilers about what this book was about before I read it. I knew Ryle abused her and I knew they got married and got divorced,and about Emmy. That's all I knew. So when we first met Ryle on the roof I rolled my eyes and practically screamed RUN AWAY! But of course since it's a book they couldn't hear me. So I rolled along with it. I do think the experience of reading it blind would have been more rewarding. But I think I'm also glad that I knew about the abuse part too. I had time to mentally prepare myself for those scenes.
I didn't fall in love with Ryle at all. There was no swooning, no nothing because of those spoilers I seen. Instead I fell in love with Atlas. I couldn't wait till we seen him present day. So when he popped up at the restaurant I squealed with joy. And the Ellen diaries? My favorite part. 
Atlas has to be the sweetest guy. He got Ellen to sign her book for Lily. If he's not a winner, I don't know who is. 
The one thing that really bummed me out was that it took them nearly ten years to finally be together. And we didn't even get to see him notice her tattoo! I really wanted to see his reaction for that. 
I did not like, and probably the only thing I didn't like, was how it just ended. I wanted to see more Atlas, Lily, and Emmy. I wanted to see more bonding between Atlas and Emmy. I feel like I was robbed of that. I need a short story or something to make up for it. 
I did love that we got to see the thought process behind Lily forgiving Ryle all those times before and then the points leading up to the divorce. It's always been hard for me to understand why anyone would stay in an abusive relationship and this did help shine a little light on it. It felt all real and I think that really helped. 

That's it for this review. Thank you for visiting!
Happy reading!

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