It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (non-spoiler review)

Book: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 4 stars


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.


I picked this up because one of the prompts for a readathon I’m doing, is romace. I don’t read romance books, but that is all I was expecting from this book.


Was I wrong. This is not just a romance. It’s about a girl who has grown up with an abusive father, and we get to see the hardships she goes through. We get to see the point of view of someone who is in an abusive relationship and the way they think, and it was such an eye-opener for me.

There are things I didn’t like. How quickly Lily falls in love with Ryle. How sudden they are. Some of it was cringy, some of it was cliche. Just general things that steer me away from the romance genre.


This book is so raw and emotionally devastating. Trigger warnings for physical abuse/attempted rape. I found it so hard to read because the topics in this book are so sensitive and I had to put this book down a lot because of how overwhelmed I felt.

This book made me cry. It made me hurt. It made me angry. This is a powerful story that deals well with such heavy topics.


I don’t think I even have it in me to discuss the characters. I loved them and I hated them. They were all so exceptionally complex and flawed.

A shorter, bullet-point review can be found on my Goodreads here.


Talk To Me

Have you read It Ends With Us? Is it on you TBR? What about Colleen Hoover’s other books? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?

Until next time,



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