Title: It Ends with Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Health
Date of Publication: August 2, 2016
Publishing House: Simon & Schuster
Date Read: August 25, 2016
Goodreads Rating: 4.66
Personal Rating: 5 out of 5
I honestly find this book review extremely challenging! I don’t know how or where I should start. Violence against women and children is a very sensitive topic because nowadays anyone can be a victim or is already suffering from it. According to the World Health Organization, domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviour in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. It can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This story broke my heart multiple times and it’s really frustrating that here I am, trying to make sense out of it, and putting myself back together after having it torn and crushed into pieces. I actually do not know anyone who is a victim of abuse, and I don’t even know if I’m ready to face any of them. I’m having a hard time on trying to put up a summary of my thoughts which will not spoil anyone who’s interested on reading it , but I guess I can not do that, so I’ll just warn you that you should not check out my review if you haven’t read the book yet.
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 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. (credit to www.goodreads.com)
MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS
The story took place in Boston. The female character owns a flower shop and the male character is a neurosurgeon at one of its hospitals. For me it is sweet, cute and ideal. I like how their hobbies and expertise perfectly matched the places. The scenarios were not described in full details, so it’s a plus factor for me. Sometimes, being too descriptive is just so boring.
She is independent, bold and a risk-taker. Lily is such an inspiration to every woman out there. I like how her character transformed from being a clingy girl to a full-grown woman who can handle herself well, and make her own decisions. But the best part of being Lily Bloom is the mere fact that she loves herself too much to just let another person destroy her. I am so impressed with how the author created a female character that will become a source of strength and inspiration to people, especially women out there who went through the same dark path.
Dr. Kincaid is a real catch. He is smart, competitive and he definitely loves deeply and sincerely. He is the almost-Mister-Perfect of any woman. Who wouldn’t want a neurosurgeon as your friend/lover/husband anyway? But unfortunately, we all have our skeletons in our closets that we need to hide very carefully. We all have our flaws, our shortcomings and our weaknesses. Ryle’s character, for me, is actually very common, I’ve read a lot about people like him before from other stories but one thing that’s different about him is that the aggression is not intended. I was saddened by the fact that he can’t do anything about it. It really upset me that it could have been a happy ever after. Almost.
Atlas is the one who got away. He is the exact example of someone who’s from rugs to riches. Who would have thought that after all these years he is already making a name of his own? During the first few chapters when Lily is reading her journal about him, I got really bored. I mean, really, really bored. Why? Because I don’t like him and I’m not interested with their story. All I know is that I am shipping Ryle and Lily so hard that I didn’t notice what a good kind of person Atlas is. I mean not just good-good but I think he has a genuine heart and he stayed very loyal to that person that he truly adored ever since.
Writing Style and Plot
For the nth time, Colleen never ceases to amaze me and give me Goosebumps! NEVER! Just like what I expected, tears overflowed and my heart got wounded but not in a negative way. Her writing style is just so great and mesmerizing that even after crying out loud I still managed to stand up and give my favourite author a round of applause. I can’t even say the right words because nothing compares to her when it comes to New Adult Contemporary Romance, ofcourse! This is very REALISTIC and that’s my favourite characteristic of her creations. She will not lure you in a too-good-to-be-true situation, instead, she will make you realize that her stories are real and it’s a part of our daily lives. This definitely a fast read story! I finished it in 8 hours and I’m so satisfied with the ending! I Love how they affected me. Lily is so brave and I’m impressed by how she was able to walk away from all the hurt and sufferings. I know it’s wrong to fall madly and deeply with Ryle but he is undeniably swoon-worthy, I can’t deny the fact that despite of all his negative attributes, the good ones still prevailed. I recommend this book to mature readers because this is a very sensitive issue, some may never appreciate an honest scenario like this but I’m very sure that my fellow open-minded persons out there will be very inspired with it. I love how the author gave so much focus on woman empowerment. I just hope that we, readers, were also able to see Ryle’s perspective because with Colleen’s previous books, there was an alternating point of view which made me able to relate and understand the other characters more. I don’t find this story dark and twisted, instead, for me it is an eye-opener. A very great book with a lot of mind-boggling twists, so brace yourselves!
I feel like everyone fakes who they really are, when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others.
My favourite conversations are the ones with no real answers.
We’ve all got a little bit of good and evil in us
To the end of trial runs and beginning of sure things.
It was hard, being let go by someone who had never really grabbed hold of me completely in the first place.
Conclusion and Realizations
After reading this, it took me a couple of hours to finally start working on my book thoughts. I became so sad that I think about this story repeatedly. The scenes kept on playing inside my head over and over. We may ask, all of us, why does a woman stay in a relationship wherein the man abuses her constantly? We may become judgmental and accuse them of being stupid and clingy but what we do not know is how and what do they really feel? Are they trapped in the relationship because of financial reasons? Are they staying for the children’s sake? Or is it because they love their partner so much that they are just willing to sacrifice and understand their bahaviour? Before we speak and make an opinion regarding sensitive matters like this, we should all consider the fact that we know nothing about on what’s happening inside their families. I realized that sometimes no matter how much you love someone, there will still be a breaking point. You just have to be brave enough; respect and give importance to yourself first, instead of justifying that person’s actions. Besides, nobody has the right to hurt anyone, may it be physically, verbally, or emotionally.
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