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.
I tried to go into this novel completely blind because I knew this was going to be a really emotional Hoover book. I knew that because I went to a book signing and everyone was asking if this novel was personal to the author and talking around the subject content without coming out and saying what the graphic content of this novel was. So be prepared because this is a little unlike any other Hoover book, at least the ones I’ve read so far.
In the beginning of this novel I really loved how the two main characters met and connected. Lily seemed like a cute girl who was trying to get a new start on life in a new city. Ryle was this guy who seemed like he was a little hard to understand but also could keep up good witty talk. I enjoyed the first meet and greet between these two and I wanted to love Ryle but I had this weird feeling that there was going to be something about him that I wouldn’t like.
When we were not in present day with Lily and Ryle we were able to see glimpses of Lily’s past when she was a teenager and the boy who was her first love, Atlas. I really enjoyed these pieces of the story because I loved how we were able to see how Lily grew into who she was when she was in present day. I also really loved Atlas because he seemed like a a down to earth guy who had no motive and that he wasn’t out to do anything but survive his hard life and maybe kiss the girl at night.
As things started to get going with this story I started to really get upset because I knew where the story was going and it became pretty hard to keep reading this novel. It was harder and harder to turn the pages because what was happening was so disgusting and against what I would put up with. I kept wondering when the final time would happen and things just kept getting worse and worse. It’s not that the story was bad or the writing was bad it was just a very bad situation to watch people go through. I do have to give props to Hoover for talking about this in a novel but I’m not sure I could ever read this book again. I personally don’t think it is for me but I know this stuff happens in real life. So I think this is for all the women out there who have been hurt or been in unhealthy situations.
Overall, this is a tough story to read because of the subject but I think it was good that I read it.