Smiles. Tears. Love. Heartbreak. Found Family. Fantastic Story.
This book. Ugh…I cannot truly give this story the props it deserves, but I’m going to try.
This story follows Lily. The story is mostly told through the present day, but we do go back in time to understand her home life as a child. These flashbacks are told through written letters, which are emotional, raw, and revealing. She lives in a home where her mother is abused by her father, and her pain is heartbreaking. Through these writings we also follow the surprise relationship that develops between Lily and Atlas, a homeless boy squatting in her neighbor’s abandoned house. Lily’s present-day story follows her relationship with Ryle, her found friendship with Ryle’s sister, and her following her career dreams.
The thing about this book is that it’s sad. There’s a lot of things happening that will break your heart. And yet, you will find moments of beauty, where you will smile, and be so happy for someone in the story. The ups and downs made the book impossible to put down, and the ending was just what I needed.
There is a second book coming out, and I’m so excited to read it! If you read and love this one, watch for It Starts With Us coming out in 2022!
Overall, I would recommend this book for readers that enjoy character growth, relationships, and stories of life.
Domestic abuse, child abuse, homelessness, gun violence, discussion of suicide.
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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.
Just the Facts:
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Atria Books
Pub Date: August 2, 2016
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.