Friday, 23 September 2016

Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Title: It Ends With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Pages: 352
Genres: Romance, New Adult

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, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

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...

“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”

'Cycles exist because they are excruciating to break. It takes an astronomical amount of pain and courage to disrupt a familiar pattern. Sometimes it seems easier to just keep running in the same familiar circles, rather than facing the fear of jumping and possibly not landing on your feet.'

I am in love with Colleen Hoover's writing, I love the way she writes about relationships and I have profound emotional responses when I read her books. It Ends With Us was no exception.

Where to begin? This is my fourth Colleen Hoover book and it may be my new favourite, knocking November 9 off its pedestal. I bloody adored It Ends With Us. I am going to be purposefully vague about the plot because I feel that Colleen Hoover's books have more of an impact when they are gone into blind; but prepare for the intense feels. I went through so many emotions with this one, I think more emotions than any of its predecessors. Laughter, anger, shock, tears - the full spectrum.

Lily is one of my favourite heroines, she was so relatable and I could easily put myself into her shoes. Contrary to the blurb of this book, the focus of the story is not on a love triangle which I know would put many readers off. There are so many layers to the story and a lot of profound moments that hit me right in the heart.

There is a major issue that is explored throughout and I must say it was incredibly well done. I think Colleen Hoover did a brilliant job of presenting a situation that many people think of as black and white, and making it grey. I feel like reading It Ends With Us has given me more empathy towards the victims involved in that particular situation and has presented me with new perspectives to think about.

That ending though, it could not have ended any other way. For a second I was really scared that it wasn't going to end the way I wanted but I should know by now to trust Colleen, she knows what she's doing. The author's note made me cry all over again.

Raw, beautiful, powerful and inspiring, and one of my all time favourites, I urge everyone to give Colleen Hoover's books a try. I have yet to read one that I have not instantly become obsessed with.

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