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"Colleen Hoover reminds readers that love is a fragile thing, built from courage, hope, and tears. Every person with a heartbeat should read this book." (Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author)
"It Ends with Us isn't an ordinary love story. It will break your heart while filling you with hope, and by the end of this gripping, pulse-pounding novel, you'll be smiling through your tears." (Sarah Pekkanen, International bestselling author of Perfect Neighbors)
"It Ends With Us is a brave and heartbreaking novel that digs its claws into you and doesn't let go, long after you've finished it. No one delivers an emotional read like Colleen Hoover." (Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the After series)
"What a glorious and touching read, a forever keeper. The kind of book that gets handed down." (USA Today)
“It Ends with Us tackles [a] difficult subject…with romantic tenderness and emotional heft. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author's note at the end that explains Hoover's personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read. Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.” (Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW)
"Fans of Hoover's emotional stories, conflicted characters and intense romances will gleefully devour her new novel. If you're a Hoover newbie, this is a great place to start. It Ends with Us is a perfect example of the author's writing chops and her ability to weave together uplifting, romantic and somber plotlines. No matter your level of fandom, readers will love and respect protagonist Lily and learn something from her struggles." (RT Book Reviews (4 starred review))
“Best-selling Hoover’s latest valiant and compelling…novel packs her trademark emotional punch… The power and pain of the relationship will stay with readers even as Hoover offers hope.” (Booklist)
“Colleen Hoover brilliantly tackles a very tough subject matter with brutal realness and honesty that left us stripped completely raw… Confidently a 2016 Top Recommendation and Must Read.” (Rockstars of Romance)
"It Ends With Us is one of the most powerful books of 2016 and one of the most raw, honest, inspiring, and profoundly beautiful stories I’ve ever read. It’s one of those books that EVERYONE should read.” (Aestas Book Blog)
“emotional, unforgettable and extraordinary…Colleen Hoover deserves all the accolades this story will bring…. remarkable, different, honest, heartbreaking and at times agonizing reading. This is not an easy book to get through but by God, it’s rewarding…one of the best reads of this year,” (TOTALLY BOOKED BLOG)
"tackles tough subject matter with a deft and confident hand" (Huffington Post)
"her most daring novel to date…one hell of a story.” (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
“[an] epic summertime read. With complex characters, a heartbreaking premise and drama aplenty, it’s the perfect companion for a day at the beach.” (Brit + Co)
“The BEST book this author has ever written. It’s so incredibly deep, and sincerely explores a complex struggle between what you feel, and what is real. 5++++++ STARS. Favorite book of the year!!!! <— Yes. I said it. 5 PLUS STARS!” (Maryse's Book Blog)
Colleen Hoover may have written her best novel yet. Hoover's latest novel, It Ends With Us---is a heartrending and powerful exploration of the different sides of domestic abuse. It is one of the most honest and inclusive novels written about the issue that I have ever read. It was an emotional rollercoaster that kept me reading past my bedtime. (Joni Andersen (Librarian))
From the Author
Colleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including the #1 bestseller, Hopeless. She lives in Texas with her husband and three children. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a book subscription service which donates 100% of its profit to charity. She also owns The Bookworm Box, a specialty bookstore located in Sulphur Springs, Tx.
Mrs. Hoover's highly anticipated novel, It Ends With Us, releases August 2nd, 2016 and is currently available for preorder.
Her novel, Ugly Love (2014), has been optioned for film by Hackybox Pictures and is slated to begin filming in 2016, starring Nick Bateman.
You can follow Colleen on her very active Facebook page at facebook.com/authorcolleenhoover and on Instagram and Twitter @colleenhoover
For tour dates or more information, please visit colleenhoover.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I'm going to start this review off with this statement: I didn't cry while I was reading this book, but I did cry several days later when I was looking back on Lily's story. That shows how emotionally charged this story is, along with the true power behind Colleen's writing. I'm not going to give away any spoilers because you need to go into the book blind. If you want to know what happens, there are definitely some reviews out there that tell you the big twists and turns. But take my advice and don't spoil this book for yourself. It will lose a lot if you go in knowing exactly what to expect. So seriously, don't do it to yourself. Just let the beauty of Colleen's writing sweep over you and sink in.
“All humans make mistakes. What determines a person's character aren't the mistakes we make. It's how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.”
This is honestly not only one of the best reads of 2016, but also one of the most (if not the most) empowering. I want to give this book to every man, woman, and even teenager (it's definitely a NA/adult read) and tell them... READ THIS NOW! Do you want to know why? Because this book carries with it a very strong message, one that shows strength and courage that many people might not have at the time, but after reading will understand and gain. I honestly don't know if there has ever been a time when I was prouder to be reading the heroine's story due to her choices. Ultimately though, Colleen Hoover wrote a book that everyone can take something away from. Colleen always writes such unique stories, and this one is certainly no exception. But the one thing I will say is that this is truly her best book yet.
“Just because someone hurts you doesn't mean you can simply stop loving them. It's not a person's actions that hurt the most. It's the love. If there was no love attached to the action, the pain would be a little easier to bear.”
Lily's story is one that I never wanted to stop reading. If I know that I'm going to need to read a book in multiple sittings (which was the case with this book), I usually try to find a good place to stop. One in which, nothing major is happening and nobody is facing some drastic/perilous moment. Well you see the problem with this book is the fact that there is literally NO. GOOD. STOPPING. POINT! None! There was never a part where I felt safe in letting this book sit overnight because I knew that the story and the what if's would play endlessly in my mind. So I stayed up and read it all in one sitting because I simply couldn't stop. Lily was someone that I connected to right from the get go. I knew as soon as the book started that I would like her, and that never once stopped while I was reading. However, I didn't realize how much her character would affect me while I was reading. As I said before, after I was finished reading, I couldn't have been prouder of her decisions. The strength she had throughout the story to go through what she did, but also her resolve and conviction just made me constantly cheer her on. Lily is truly one of the most admirable characters that I have ever had the pleasure of reading about, and that admiration goes extraordinarily deep.
“Life is a funny thing. We only get so many years to live it, so we have to do everything we can to make sure those years are as full as they can be. We shouldn't waste time on things that might happen someday, or maybe even never.”
I mentioned it briefly above, but this book has a very powerful message, and this message is actually carefully woven into the story from page 1. You obviously don't realize it when you start reading the novel, but it's there when you look back after finishing. And this is also why I'm going to reiterate the importance of going into the story blind, because just as unexpected and emotional it is for the reader to read and witness what Lily goes through, it is even more unexpected and emotional for Lily. This is where this book truly shines, because you as a reader feel like part of the story. There's a very slow burn while reading, one in which we get to know characters and see the develop in the ways that we as humans get to know each other...but then Colleen rips that metaphorical rug out from under all of us, and shocks us with one revelation after another. But you know what? That's exactly how life is sometimes...sometimes you never see things coming in a million years and you have to figure out how to deal with these radical changes you never thought would happen.
“It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us.”
Where this book really got me though was the meaning of the title. Throughout the entire time I was reading, I kept wondering what the title meant. Because come on...this is Colleen Hoover and literally EVERYTHING has some significance (no matter how small). And when I got to the part of the story where the title finally made sense, guys let me tell you...this had an impact on me like no other. I just sat there with my book in my hands staring at the page for a solid 5 minutes. It is the perfect title for the perfect book.
“Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen seconds that we'll never get back.”
I connected with this book in my own way, and for that I am extraordinarily thankful to Colleen Hoover for even writing this book. The author's note at the end was just as powerful and amazing as the rest of the story, but it shows just how personal this story was for her to write. I applaud Colleen for writing this book and not "making things easy" for the main character or glossing over the "bad parts." This is an incredibly realistic book that makes you realize many things and leaves an imprint on your soul. It's important to remember that everyone must make extraordinarily difficult decisions in their life, and not everyone will agree with them. If this book even empowers one woman to take steps in making an important decision, the Colleen Hoover did her job. And I count myself lucky to have had the honor of reading this story because I am a changed person because of it!
Happy reading :)
It Ends With Us is about a girl named Lily. She’s had a troubling childhood, but that’s not to say that there weren’t some good moments. As it goes though, it ends too quickly and she finds herself in her twenties, moving to Boston, and dreams of starting her own business. Needing a quite space Lily hunts for a quite rooftop and ends up meeting a guy named Ryle. Instantly there’s a connection. As introductions are made she finds out that he’s a neurosurgeon who’s dedicated to his job and at becoming the best in his field. She too reveals things about herself that she would never normally confess to a complete stranger, but they begin to develop an honest line of communication with these “naked truths.” This pulls them closer together and Lily knows that this could be a whirlwind romance and she’s not ready for it so they agree to take things slow. But as her and Ryle get to know each other better Lily can’t help but think back to her first love, Atlas. Homeless, Atlas stumbled into the abandoned house behind hers and this is where things got intense and deep really quick. We see pieces of him appear daily and it seems that he’s left breadcrumbs trailed throughout her life. So when he reappears it threatens what Lily and Ryle have built.
This is all I’m going to say about the plot. Like I said, I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but what I can do is talk about how amazing and real these characters are. First up, Lily. I loved that we were able to flip between her past written as journal entries to Ellen (yes that Ellen) and her present. It was so well done because something with this type of flashback and be distracting or confusing, but this was quite the opposite. It was enjoyable and revealed more of Lily’s character each time. She’s such a strong character and I was so proud of her when she took the leap of faith and started her own business especially because it was something that she had been dreaming of. One key to her success was a girl named Allysa. An incredible friendship formed between these two. It was easily to see why with Allysa because she’s funny, goofy, a huge supporter, and honest. My favorite line from her mouth was that she is a “Pinterest whore.” It killed me. What girl in her teen-mid twenties isn’t?! Ryle was quite the rollercoaster for me. At first I swooned and adored him, then something changed. He became a character I detested and it was crazy to watch the 180 degree flip, but I also felt bad about it. You’ll see why, but Atlas. Sweet sweet Atlas. He’s got to be one of my favorite male characters ever! Like I said, he was sweet, thoughtful, kind, and filled with so much love. The relationship between him and Lily developed slowly and quite innocently and as it progressed it turned into something so deep that it was overpowering and charged.
Now there were moments when I found things to be a little too predictable, but like a good CoHo book there was a shocking twist ahead. I didn’t see it coming. It punched me in the gut. I wanted to be wrong. I cried. It made me angry that this whole situation happened. I found myself questioning morals and IT. WAS. HARD. What was amazing though was that CoHo was able to weave moments of love, laughter, and swoon worthy moments into all of the heaviness. Just when your heart can’t take any more the ending hits you. It leaves you stunned and wanting more, but the ending is perfect. And the authors note at the end punched me in the gut. Don’t skip ahead. This MUST be saved for last. You can yell at me later.
I was disappointed with the outcome of the story, but I believe it was necessary and realistic.
I wanted to see Ryle change. I was rooting for Lily and Ryle and thought the title was about them making amends. I was hoping it was about them solving their problems together and not apart.
Having experienced my own parents going through domestic violence as a kid, I only ever wanted them to work it out. They would break up and make up and as painful as it was to see my dad pack up and leave time and time again, one day I think we all had enough of the violence. This day, my mother never remarried. My dad did. I have always looked at my mother as a strong, resilient woman.
Having said all of that this was an excellent read and I could not put this book down.
Lily moved from Maine where she had a history with an older homeless teen. Now as an adult, she meets Ryle, a neurosurgeon, who is relationship avoidant. They enjoy each other’s company though, so it could go OK…
I don’t usually read romance-type books but this one was highly recommended and was in the top 100 books for 2016. I enjoyed reading it up until about 70% through it when I got angry at the characters. I kept reading though and appreciated the ending. Hoover writes dialogue well and the book moves quickly.
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