Friday, January 13, 2017

REVIEW: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Shel: I fell in love. I fell in love with this book and so when it broke my heart it really BROKE MY HEART and then as I began to feel like I could piece it back together, it broke my heart again. And yet. And yet, I kept going back for more because this book was so well written and so compelling that I was willing to feel all of the emotions to see how Lily's story would end and the ending did not disappoint at all. Court: The term all-the-feels definitely might be over used, but I can't think of a better way to describe what this book did to my emotions than that. And I don't care if it is a cliche response...because it did. I felt every gamut of emotions exactly as Colleen meant for us too. Because this book is complicated...just like real dang life, and sometimes it sucks, and sometimes it's beautiful even when it sucks. So...IEWU is exactly like that. And it was beautiful, but heartbreaking and hopeful all at the same time and I am so glad I read it...and I am so glad Colleen Hoover exists and writes things that are not cliche and uncomplicated so I can use cliche blogger expressions since I don't want to spoil the book! *whew* 

Shel: And that's all I feel like I can really say because I 1 million percent think that going into this novel blind and without spoilers is exactly the best way to read it. I'll be recommending this It Ends With Us to anyone who will listen to me--it's that special---to paraphrase a friend: every woman should read this novel and they should share it with their friends and daughters. Court: Yep. There is so many things going on in my mind right now, so I probably should've waited a little while to review it - but I just couldn't. This book just is amazing, and as I said complicated and beautiful. It is harshly real, but realistic in that nothing is ever as it seems on the surface. I want to read it again. And will the characters to do what I wanted them too. Darn it, y'all. Just darn it. 

Shel: I'll end with this--thank god for the Lily's of the world; her strength and kindness was inspiring. Court: And Allyssa...she's somewhat of a dark horse that I didn't expect, as was Lily's mother. I want to be Colleen when I grow up, though. 


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 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.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.

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