book.review: it ends with us by colleen hoover

colleen hoover

I was introduced to Colleen Hoover only last year through a book inquiry via NetGallery. In just over a few days time, I had devoured her then latest novel NOVEMBER 9TH, and Colleen Hoover had gained another fan.

When I saw the novel IT ENDS WITH US available on NetGallery I jumped at the chance to read it. It definitely didn’t disappoint.

RELEASE DATE: August 2nd, 2016 (today, yay!)

PUBLISHER: Atira Books

DISCLAIMER: Novel sent via NetGallery in exchange for a honest review / Book Tour post

SYNOPSISLily 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. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. 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.

REVIEW: I admired this novel. It turned out to be something more than I thought it would be. I’m afraid I didn’t give the novel enough credit. A fantastic read that has you gripping until the final pages. I don’t want to spoil this novel so my usual summary will be small.

Fate and circumstance – two things that align Lily and Ryle’s journey’s together. After a memorable meeting on a New York City rooftop, the stories of Lily and Ryle seem to be oddly and coincidentally aligned. Lily and Ryle are polar opposite of each other, but in this case, love blooms anyway. Lily comes with a past though – one that has left deep scars on her and the memory of a boy named Atlas, long gone from Lily’s life. As things with Ryle heat up, Atlas is shoved back into her life in the most unusual of ways. Fate and circumstance is what brought Lily and Ryle together, but fate and circumstance may also be what drives them apart.

This novel’s theme isn’t even touched upon in the synopsis – both my own and the publishers. It doesn’t take long – the first chapter, really – to understand what is at the core of this novel. It’s tremendous and very powerful, but not overpowering. Hoover does an amazing job of balancing on a tight rope of emotions and allowing the reader to go on the natural journey of this novel. While sometimes you may get the ‘idea’ of where the novel is going, it’s truly a surprise from start to finish. I think I re-read one chapter in particular to really absorb what was truly going on. When it hits you, it hits hard. Perhaps a trigger warning for some, be warned.

The characters are perfect, minus the names (I felt Atlas and Ryle were … silly names). Most important here is the character of Lily – what a journey! An authentic and real character right down to her marrow, this was the character I was rooting for during the duration of the novel. This is the kind of character you cry with, laugh with, shake your first at, hurl obscenities, and ultimately grow to love. Ryle is imperfect and the author makes no qualms about telling the reader so. Atlas was a delicate character for me – one that I thought I’d hate but grew to love over the course of the novel. But the real standout hands down? Lily.

I struggled a bit at first because I thought this novel was going to be the traditional hunky dory romance novel. Cheap. Cheesy. It’s not. It’s a profoundly impactful novel that masquerades as a light read.

A must read for Summer 2016.

Superficial note: the cover is damn pretty.

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