Monday, September 26, 2016

Review:It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Published August 2nd 2016 by Atria Books

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.

My Thoughts
Emotionally charged book that seems to be CoHo’s style as of late.

To be completely candid, I feel like I’ve been having a rocky reader/author relationship with CoHo lately. My initial impression of this author in her early days was that she was a breath of fresh air to the new adult scene. However, as time has gone by, I sense a need from CoHo to flood the market with emotionally packed stories that include everything but the kitchen sink. I really don’t know anymore what her signature style is, and as a result it’s hard to predict if her stories will be a hit or miss for me.

Luckily for It Ends with Us, I was able to connect with the story. It’s a solid four stars in my book. However, I experienced this novel as an audio book, so there’s a good possibility the narrator Olivia Song had a lot to do with my experience.

In this novel, we meet Lily who is hard working, motivated and full of life. The story commences when she meets Ryle who happens to be an ambitious neurosurgeon who doesn’t have time for relationships. Eventually these two fall in love, and there begins their tumultuous love affair that ultimately leads to heartbreaking physical abuse.

There is so much to the story, which I feel can be overwhelming to some readers. For example, CoHo adds themes such as abuse, neglect, possible suicide, homeless teenagers, etc. to an already heavy book. Luckily, because I was listening to the audio, I never felt truly overburdened by the multitude of themes flooding the pages.

The characters were all distinct and relatable, which is one of CoHo’s strengths… her ability to create characters you want to get to know.

Overall, It Ends with Us is sure to be a hit for CoHo’s rabid fan base. Worthy story that will likely stay on your mind for some time.
4 Suns

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