Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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WARNING: this review contains ACTUAL spoilers. Read at your own risk!

First things first… This book needs one big trigger warning on the very first page. Would I have changed my mind about reading it? No.

But I wouldn’t have felt like I was punched in the gut 200 pages in… or maybe I still would have.

Anyways, this is another out of order but timely review as October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Read on to see why this is relevant.

The Synopsis:

“Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

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.”

Read This If You Love…

  • A look into abusive relationships
  • Solemn stories about tough topics

“Lily,” he says pointedly. “There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”

My Review

Is It Ends With Us even a romance? Goodreads says it is, but I disagree. I don’t think this is a romance at all. Also my apologies in advance for the spoilers, but it is literally impossible to write a review about this book and its impact on me without spoiling a big part of the plot.

First things first, I give this book five out of five paws. Not because I loved the story but because Colleen Hoover is so talented and wrote quite THE story. Her author’s note at the end broke me. This is not the type of story an author enjoys writing, but as someone who has been in an abusive relationship, I think this is an important story to be told.

See, there have been so many times when I’ve heard someone say out loud (in regards to abusive relationships), “Why doesn’t she just leave?” Or “She’s stupid for taking him back. How could anyone love someone who abuses them?”

If you’re one of those people who has said that, you should read this book. Fall in love with Ryle as a character the way I did. Listen to the sad story he tells Lily about his past. Digest it and then realize how difficult it is for an already emotionally fragile person to leave someone like that.

Anyways, Colleen Hoover wrote such a great story that I devoured it in less than 24 hours. I simply needed to know how things would end up for Lily.

Would she take him back?

Would she break the cycle?

Read it and find out for yourself.

Special Note

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence and could use assistance, visit

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