Mini Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Publisher: Atria Books

Date of Publication: 2nd August 2016

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 367

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)


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.


“There is no such thing as bad people. We are all just people who do bad things.”

I am almost completely lost for words after reading It Ends with Us. This is the third novel I have read by Colleen Hoover and this is so far, my favorite. It was just… wow. It Ends with Us was impossible to put down, and when I wasn’t reading it, I was telling everyone about it.

I don’t really know what I was expecting when I decided to read It Ends with Us. I guess I thought it would be a romance novel along the same lines as November 9 and Confess. With all honesty, it does follow a similar pattern. There’s a love interest, there’s drama and there’s a happy ending. But it’s so much more than that too. In the author’s note at the back of the novel, Colleen Hoover says that everything she writes if purely for entertainment, but It Ends with Us is different.

It Ends with Us tackles the topic of domestic abuse. Colleen Hoover made me rethink the way I think about domestic abuse. I used to wonder why women in abusive relationships didn’t just leave. It should be an easy decision, right? Your husband/boyfriend/partner physically hurt you, so you leave them and live happily ever after. But it’s not so easy. It’s not black and white. And now after reading It Ends with Us I have a better understanding of it.

I wish everyone could read this novel and understand that the problem isn’t the women who stay in the abusive relationship. The abuser is the problem. I recommend that everyone reads this book. You won’t regret it.


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