So today I’m going to do my book review on Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us. I picked up this book from Copperfield’s one day because I read the back and it sounded interesting but let me tell ya: I did not expect it to turn out the way it did from the back. In fact I thought it was going to be different, but I loved it so much, that I’m extremely happy it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be.
First I’m going to do the review with NO spoilers:
It Ends With Us is the story from the viewpoint of Lily Bloom, a 23 year old woman, who lives in Boston. One night, after her father’s funeral, Lily meets a young man named Ryle Kincaid. The two embark on a complicated relationship, all while Lily is starting a new business, and reflecting on her past. Her father’s death reminds her of the abusive relationship he had with her mother, and of her own first love, Atlas. Through the many plot twists, Lily finds herself faced with obstacles to overcome and hard decisions to make, especially concerning Ryle and Atlas.
This book is one that had my attention from the first page. It was intriguing, heartbreaking, and completely satisfying. Lily is a very relatable character, and as she navigates through her life, you can’t help but empathize with her and her struggles. This is a must read, and I think it is one of few books that will really stick with a person as they follow in their own path.
Now I am going to do my review WITH SPOILERS so do not scroll down if you don’t want to see:
First of all I have to say that the way this book turned out, really took me by surprise, but in a really good way. I remember thinking that Lily was going to have to make the choice between two men and while that would still be an interesting enough read, Colleen Hoover added so much more depth and complexity to this book. After meeting Ryle, Lily and him begin a relationship, that soon becomes abusive. But the interesting part of the story is that the abuse stems from Ryle’s own dark past. Lily struggles with leaving him because she sympathizes with the reason he is abusive (I’m not going to spoil too much on why. You’ll have to read and find out!!). The most surprising aspect to me was that, although I never thought I would ever have sympathy for an abusive man, I found myself understanding Lily’s excuses for his behavior. It opened my eyes to the way a woman can stay with her husband when there is abuse involved. Don’t get me wrong I wanted her to leave him the first time he was abusive, but the way she justified his behavior was understandable to me. I think it’s easy for someone on the outside to say “you should leave him” but until your in their shoes, you never know what you would really do, and Lily definitely exemplifies this. Also the ending to me was great, because Lily made her decision to leave Ryle not based on her relationship with him, her own desire, or even her love for Atlas, but because of the way it would affect her daughter. I thought that added so much more depth to the story, and really helped the reader understand her decision.
My Likes and Dislikes: I have to be super vague here, because I liked everything about this book: the writing, the plot, the characters, the ending. It had humor, heartbreak, and friendships that were amazing. I really do not have one bad thing to say about it.
Favorite Character: Allysa 10000%. I loved Allysa’s character. I thought she was funny, smart, and extremely compassionate. She went through her own struggles in the book, yet she kept a certain grace about her that I really loved. And my favorite moment that really solidified her as my favorite character was when she told Lily that she had to leave Ryle (even though Ryle was her own brother). I think it takes a lot of courage and love to be able to hurt one of your own family members, in order to protect someone who is being hurt by that family member. I loved that she could see that her brother was not good for Lily, and she advised her to leave him even though she knew that would break her brother’s heart.
Favorite Quote: “Every incident chips away at your limit. Every time you choose to stay, it makes the next time that much harder to leave. Eventually, you lose sight of your limit altogether, because you start to think, ‘I’ve lasted five years now. What’s five more?’” -Jenny (Lily’s mother) to Lily.
I LOVED this quote so much. I think it is not only true for abuse, but also for other aspects of life. Sometimes you just get hit and hit and hit, and it takes away part of you with every struggle. But I think it was important for Lily to hear this from her mother and realize why her mother stayed with her father for so many years. Lily and her mother’s stories were different, yet the same, so it was nice to see that they ended differently, hence the name of the the book.
Would I read it again? For sure! It was an amazing book, that I look forward to reading again.
I really hope you all love this book as much as I do, and please comment down below with your thoughts and favorite quotes, characters, etc. I’d love to know what you guys think of it!