Review of the book – It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
After I finish a book I always want to talk about it but I’m not organized enough and don’t have enough friends to start a virtual book club… so I do these reviews to recap and share with you.
Notes for this review:
- There will be SPOILERS. I want to talk about the plot, characters and ending – that’s the point. You’ve been warned.
- I don’t think I’ve read any other books by this author. She’s written a lot of pretty popular books that have a lot of great reviews on Audible and YouTube.
- I listened to this book on Audible while running and walking. My review is specific to that experience and I think it may be a little different if you’re reading it.
It Ends With Us – Summary of the Plot and Recap
- Lily is the narrator and main character. She’s a twenty-something who moved to Boston after college. Her dad was very physically abusive to her mother. The book starts the night of her dad’s funeral where she was supposed to give the eulogy but just stood up there and didn’t say anything.
- She meets Ryle that same night and they have a connection. But he says he’s only down for 1 night stands. Ugh.
- Throughout the book she reads her journal from when she was a teenager. She wrote in her journal like she was writing letters to Ellen DeGeneres that she never really intended to send. We learn she had a relationship with a homeless boy, Atlas who was staying in the abandoned house behind hers. He eventually moved to Boston.
- She crosses paths with Ryle again and they start dating.
- Then, she runs into Atlas.
- Cut to – Ryle hits her… but they decide to get married in Vegas one night.
- Then, he pushes her down the stairs. His sister (and her best friend) tells him to tell her this big secret that might explain why he did that. Turns out he accidentally shot his brother when they were kids. He didn’t realize it was a real gun. It was an accident and messed it up for life. Now he gets very angry and blacks out.
- He says he’s been to therapy since he was 6 years old because of it. AND this is where I call BS. If he was in therapy and doing the work – why didn’t he tell her this before they got married? Why didn’t he talk about after he hit her the first time?? Why doesn’t he have an anger management emergency plan??? No.
It Ends With Us – Audio Book Review
I listened to most of the book while running. I think it’s a good listen for running, walking, cleaning… basically activities where it’s nice to chat as you go. It wasn’t super suspenseful but I did finish it pretty fast and never got bored.
It Ends With Us Summary from Amazon:
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, 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.
It Ends With Us – Links and Info
- Good Reads – It Ends With Us page
- Listen to It Ends With Us on Audible here
- Get the paperback on Amazon here
If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation and needs help – a list of resources are below.
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- Domestic Violence Hotline – https://www.thehotline.org/
- Domestic Violence Hotline (24 hour) – 1-800-799-7233
- Human Options Hotline (24 hour) – 877-854-3594
- Crisis Text Line -Text HOME to 741741
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