Friday, March 31, 2017

Review: It Ends With Us

It Ends With Us
by Colleen Hoover

Why did you choose this book? I read a great review on  
When did you read this book? March 2017
Who should read this book? Readers interested in relationship stories
Source: library ebook
My Rating: ✰✰✰✰½    4½ Stars

Here is a synopsis of It Ends With Us 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; 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.

My Review

I actually hadn’t planned to read this. I’d heard a lot about Colleen Hoover and wanted to try her, but this particular book wasn’t on my radar, and wasn’t likely to be as I wasn’t drawn to the cover. However, that changed last week when I read a review by Jennifer at Mrs. Q Book Addict. She made it sound sooo goood! So I checked my library’s ebook collection and it was available. I downloaded it and finished in just two days!

Other reviewers concurred with Jennifer when she advised that it is best that readers go into the story not knowing too much about the book. While I don’t think knowing more would have dampened my enthusiasm for the book, I am going to respect that opinion and not get too much into the plot. I will just say that I really, REALLY enjoyed this book! While I didn’t like every decision and action taken by the characters, I can say that I really liked and bonded with them all. I really did like the resolution of the story, though I wish the path to get there could have been different. But of course then there would be no story!

There was one loose end that I wish would have been tied up, but I can’t tell you what it is without going into detail into the plot. This is one of those times I wish there was a central place where we could DISCUSS the books we have read! I think this would make a great selection for book clubs!

It Ends With Us is listed in the romance category and in fact, last year won the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Romance. I must admit that I’m not usually a romance reader, but I may have the wrong conception of what constitutes a romance novel. I would not have classified this book as romance, but more of a family drama or relationship novel with a bit of romance. In any event, it is a very good story, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. There is a theatrical production being developed. You can read more about that on their Facebook page.

You can watch the fan made book trailer below to get a taste of the book.

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1 comment:

  1. I don't love the cover of this either! I'm glad to hear that in this case, the contents really were better than the cover :)