Wednesday, December 27, 2017

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover | Book Review

Reading Group: Mature for sensitive material

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Synopses: 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. 

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

Cover: The cover of this book shows shattered lilies, which is significant to the story.  Obviously, the main character's name is lily, and she is really into gardening and flowers, but lilies are also the first flowers that Ryle ever bought for her and having them shattered on the cover foreshadows how their story is going to go. 

My Review: This book is very serious, but I absolutely loved it.  Lily grew up watching her father be abusive to her mother and then finds herself in an abusive relationship of a completely different type.  I liked how I couldn't get mad at her for knowing better because she also knew that she knew better, but she also finally realized that even though she saw abuse all the time in her life it's one of those things you can't fully understand or pass judgment on until you're in the situation.  I also liked that I didn't hate Ryle by the end of the story.  I hated what he did, but I didn't hate him completely, which is how I felt Lily felt as well.  Their good times outnumbered their bad but the bad weighed so much that they weren't worth the time.  She was right to divorce him, but also right to keep him involved in their daughter's life.  
Ryle was tortured and dealing with things from his past and Lily let him have that.  She understood he was different from her father, but she also knew that she couldn't live with him not knowing when he was going to lash out at her.  And even though part of her was willing to give him another chance she decided against it because she didn't want Emerson to have a tainted relationship with Ryle if she grew up and ever saw him being abusive.
And then there was Atlas.  The source of a lot of her marital problems, but also the one who could have prevented them all if he had just walked up to Lily while she was in college.  And he was also the one she turned to when everything went wrong and when she was ready to open herself to love again.  
Lily grew a lot over the course of this story.  She quit her job to follow her dream, she fell in love again and was brokenhearted when that love fell apart, grew closer to her mother, and she was selfless when it came to her daughter.  She was truly brave and bold.
I really enjoyed reading this book and think it was one that carried a very important message.

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