Lily Bloom saw more than she should have in her life, witnessed her mother being abused more times than she cares to admit. Her teen years were an accumulation of emotions; hate, anger, escapism and love. That love was in the form of a homeless boy named Atlas Corrigan. At sixteen Atlas escaped their small town and never looked back. It took her years before she was able to do the same.
She's never had much trust or faith in men, but when she meets Ryle Kincaid the world is suddenly beautiful and alive again. So why, when she finally feels like she is letting Atlas go and falling for Ryle, does Atlas appear in her life again?
I just want to put a disclaimer that this book touches on some pretty heavy stuff; abuse, attempted rape, domestic violence, suicide I will not go into any of the heavy here in my review but wanted everyone to be aware should you decide to pick up your own copy.
This is another Booktok/Bookstagram made me buy it book. I've heard of Colleen Hoover before (Verity was constantly being shoved at me via Kindle Unlimited as a recommended), but I haven't read any work yet.
The first paragraph of It Ends with Us had me questioning what the hell I was reading (not unlike The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller). Before The Shadows, that would have been an immediate reason for me to put the book down and label it DNF but now, I'm intrigued. I think back to all the books I DNF because of the same thoughts in the beginning and I think I really did them a disservice and it's time to return to some of them.
"He pulls back to look down at me and when he sees my tears, he brings his hands up to my cheeks. “In the future... if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again... fall in love with me."
I actually stayed up far too late reading this book. The way Colleen Hoover depicts all of the depths and intricacies of Lily's relationships is a true gift. It Ends with Us is poignant and beautifully written. It is a testament to the enduring strength of a mother, a woman, and first love.
I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 18, since it does touch on some pretty heavy topics. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who may be triggered by the previously mentioned items in my disclaimer.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars for It Ends with Us, this is one that is completely deserving of the hype!
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