Synopsis from Simon & Schuster:
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 where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. And when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life seems 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.
About: It Ends With Us is a contemporary romance written by Colleen Hoover. It was published on 8/2/2016 by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, hardcover, 385 pages. Narrator Olivia Song. The genres are contemporary romance, chick lit, new adult fiction, and abuse. According to the publisher’s website, “founded in 2002, Atria was from the start intended to be an environment where new ideas could flourish, the best writers of fiction and nonfiction could thrive and connect with an ever-widening readership, and the best practices of traditional publishing could be integrated with cutting-edge developments in the digital world. In short, a place where great books could come to light.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading and listening to an audiobook for It Ends With Us on 4/23/2022 and finished the audiobook on 4/26/2022. I finished reading on 4/28/2022. Fantastic read and audiobook! I loved the story of Lily both adult and teen. She’s a responsible character even at a young age. I enjoyed the banter between Lily and Ryle and Atlas as well as Lily and Atlas’s friends. I liked Ellen’s role in this book because I also loved watching Ellen’s shows long ago. I loved how the title played in this story. The twists was good and it came slow when readers least expected it. Lily’s thought process were excellent when she evaluated what was happening to her as each event occurred and then compared herself to her mom so vividly. I enjoyed the author’s note at the end of the book.
This book started with Lily, 23 as she sat on a ledge at the top of an apartment building. She’s having a quiet time reflecting on her father’s recent death and her disastrous eulogy. Her father was a mayor, owner of a real estate, and husband to a teaching assistant, but he beat his wife in the privacy of his own home. Without warning, someone barreled in to the rooftop and slammed the door. Not noticing her there, he let off steam by kicking the lawn chair nearby. Later as he was calming down, he began to notice her and asked her to get down from the ledge. He said just recently someone fell to their death from there. She got off and they got to exchange with each other some naked truths to comfort each other. Lily learned his name was Ryle and he’s almost done with school to become a neurosurgeon. He’s into one-night stands because he didn’t want to settle down. He wanted to focus on his career. Lily wanted to open a floral shop but worried people wouldn’t take her seriously due to her name and wasn’t interested in one-night stands. In between, Lily read through her diary entries from when she was 15. She wanted to remember her dad growing up to find something good in him to forgive him and the memories of her first love with a homeless. She thought she would not see Ryle again after that unplanned meeting on the rooftop but she was wrong.
It Ends With Us was well written and narrated. It’s fast paced and easy to read/listen. I loved the humor. There were some fun romance in this book. One part I didn’t like so much was how Ryle and Lily only address their injuries after they did it. It showed their priorities for romance exceeded their well-being. Atlas was definitely swoon worthy. Alyssa was a great friend. This book offered some great life advices. I liked the mother daughter relationship, especially without the dad around. I need another epilogue point 2 just for Lily and Atlas now that they have stopped swimming. The rave around this author and this book is real. It’s my first audiobook and read from the author and it won’t be my last. I do recommend everyone to read this book also!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-three novels, including It Ends with Us, All Your Perfects, Ugly Love, and Verity. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded a nonprofit called The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly book subscription service. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. For more information, please visit ColleenHoover.com (Photo and info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website).
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