REVIEW: It Ends With Us is the 2nd book I read by Colleen Hoover and once again I was taken into an emotional roller-coaster. It Ends With Us touches a very delicate subject and while it isn’t or shouldn’t be a trigger for some it does touches ones heart in a way that it is almost impossible for the reader to be able to move on.
It Ends With Us is the story of three people who were touched by tragedy in different ways. For Lily life has always found a way to making it hard, but after leaving her hometown and escaping her past and the painful memories of an abusive father she moves to Boston where she starts a new life. But while Lily has moved on she can’t deny that the fears and painful memory of her father has clouded her desires of having her own family. That’s until she meets Ryle Kincaid. The story slowly takes us into an unexpected but romantic tale of 3 people who by life circumstances and machinations find themselves in each others path. But while these path have entwined in the past they have no way of shaping their future.
This is not a love triangle kind of story, it isn’t in the least. The author explores the ins and out of these characters life in a way that it is simply magnificent and realistic. Lily finds in Ryle the man she has always dreamed of, he is simply too good to be true. But while Ryle has a great heart and is devoted to Lily, he also hides a tumultuous past that in a way has already marked his life with Lily and it will come to be their downfalls.
Though Lily has a past and history of her own, she tries to move forward with her life. She doesn’t allow herself to forget everything that happened to her and her mother specially after things with Ryle take a turn for the worse. It isn’t until Lily’s first argument with Ryle that she understands that regardless of how much she loves Ryle she can’t pretend to not remember the boy that meant so much to her and whose name she found as complex as the boy himself, Atlas.
I enjoyed the story and how well paced it was, these characters bring a great level of complexity that gives the story a realistic and truthful feel. Hoover managed to convey Lily’s fears and feeling beautifully without taking away the essence of her character. Though Lily isn’t perfect, her flaws are what make her character so likeable and easily relatetable. However, it is Ryle who brings the needed balance to the story that otherwise would’ve been sappy and uninteresting. I enjoyed Lily’s narrative and the author’s ability to convey Lily’s feelings and emotions as we as her innermost beliefs and convictions. While Atlas brought serenity and peace to a much needed angst filled story, he also brought that sense of belonging that seem to a staple in Lily’s life.
Hoover has yet again made my heart weep with a story that touched me deeply and squeezed my heart to the point of pain. It Ends With Us is a compelling story of broken hearts, broken promises and patience that only true love can bring. Colleen Hoover is a master of young romance and angst, she writes characters who bare their souls and aren’t afraid of getting hurt in the name of love.