SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE 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, and 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.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I was expecting going into this, but right now my mind is so blown from everything that happened in this book. Sure, I was sceptic at the start of the story, but twenty pages in, I was hooked. One hundred pages in, I was addicted and by the end, I was a mess.
This story is absolutely beautiful. If you thought that other CoHo books are great, wait until you read this because it was so damn real. I could tell, from every word that was written on the pages, that this story was not merely storytelling, but something so much more than that. It ditches typical romance tropes of plot and characterisation, something that I admire and respect so damn much. The details was the cherry on the icing which gave this story so much life – everything from the romance and initial attraction between characters, to every single little detail afterwards.
Let me start by saying how much I freaking love and respect Lily. She’s so driven by what she loves, something I respect, but the most important thing is that she is capable of making decisions that are best for her and the people around her. In that sense, she’s so badass or in her words, brave and bold – she’s the kind of girl I’d want to have around because of that reason. Her conflicting feelings for Ryle and Atlas is also something I found was very interesting and relatable. I’m not sure that the events in the epilogue were necessary in terms of character development or plot development, but other than that, I really enjoyed reading about Lily.
While I adore Lily, I was fascinated by Ryle as a character. Besides the fact that he is a neurosurgeon who wants zero commitments and only wants to selfishly pursue his career, he ends up falling head over heels for Lily. He’s extremely flawed, and I could see that he was trying so hard to be his best, but once his anger got the better of him, there was no going back. Ryle is an inherently good character who just sometimes messes up because he’s human, like the rest of us. In no way am I justifying his character by saying that he’s only human, but his character could be summed up by this quote:
“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.”
The theme of domestic violence (for the lack of a better word) is a prominent issue that is dealt with in the book. I must say, it’s been really eye-opening reading this book because it made me realise how easy it is to get trapped in a situation that you might not be able to get of. In this case, the main focus was Lily’s relationship with Ryle. There was a really interesting dynamic between the two of them (at least I found interesting). While Ryle is a great guy, he’s only human, and so is Lily. Much of the beginning is outlining Lily’s personal background with her father’s actions, but this ends up being extremely significant later on in the story. Ryle is trying to the best person that he can, but it will never be right for Lily. Ultimately, I believe that Lily made the right decision for both of them by standing up against him and leaving, and while I sympathise that it was an extremely difficult decision to make, i respect her so damn much for taking the plunge to do what would be the best for herself and the people around her.
Although much of the focus was on the heavy issue of abuse/domestic violence, there are also the sweet moments that you would normally associate with a CoHo novel. There were the sweet, tender moments that we witnessed between Ryle and Lily and also the moments of joy celebrating the small things like the opening of Lily Bloom florist and the friendships between Alyssa and Lily.
In conclusion, I have nothing to say except everyone needs to read this book, regardless of what genre you’d usually read. It raises so many important issues and is such a real story that I think it would be insightful and eye-opening to everyone who reads it. There’s so much more I could talk about regarding this book, but honestly, the reading experience even just for the plot would be worth every second of your time.