Colleen Hoover is kind of my idol. Not only because she’s a best-selling author, but also because I follow her on FB and her dry humor is just as entertaining as her novels. I want to be friends with her in real life. But not close friends, or at least not as close as she is with some of her friends. For instance, she recently hijacked her friend’s FB and posted a giveaway. Take a look…
And speaking of Tarryn, here’s a recent conversation Colleen shared with us…
Reason #4677832 why I love her.
If you’re into books, you should also check out her Bookworm Box charity. The Bookworm Box is a monthly subscription of two signed novels, a Bookworm item, and fun book swag, with all of the proceeds going directly to charity. See, I told you she’s awesome.
Okay, okay, back to books.
I read It Ends With Us in record time, because I just simply couldn’t put it down. It was different from the books I normally read. But I absolutely loved it. Lily lives in Boston (bonus points right off the bat) and meets Ryle, who is a neurosurgeon (swoon). Although he expresses his interest in her, he also lets her know that he’s not into relationships. He simply wants a hook-up. Lily isn’t that type of girl.
“I feel his voice in my stomach. That’s not good. Voices should stop at the ears, but sometimes – not very often at all, actually – a voice will penetrate past my ears and reverberate straight down through my body. He has one of those voices. Deep, confident, and a little bit like butter.”
As chance would have it, Lily ends up meeting Ryle’s sister, Allysa. They quickly become best friends… before Lily discovers that Alyssa and Ryle are siblings. Encounters with Ryle are kind of inevitable after that. The attraction is too much and they eventually fall into a mutual understanding of a test run pre-relationship… which then turns into a full-blown relationship. We watch Ryle fall in love with Lily, to the point where he breaks all of his own rules because he can’t stand to be without her. Watching how much he loves Lily allows us, as the readers, to fall deeper in love with Ryle (I mean, he’s a rich neurosurgeon so it’s not like that was hard).
But throughout the story, we also get bits and pieces of Lily’s past thrown into the mix. Through her ‘Ellen letters’ (which serve as a diary), we watch her fall in love for the very first time, with a homeless boy named Atlas.
When Lily coincidently finds Atlas in Boston, everything changes.
But Atlas doesn’t necessarily change everything.
I know you’re probably thinking it’s going to be a story of ‘which guy should she pick?’ But you’d be wrong. This story is so much more than that.
“Sometimes the things that matter to you most are also the things that hurt you the most.”
I don’t want to say too much. But I will say this: It Ends With Us is the most realistic book I’ve read in a long time… maybe even ever. It is so full of raw emotions. I felt just as conflicted as Lily was throughout a lot of the novel. I felt her ups and downs. I cried. I cried the most while reading the Author’s Note. Make sure you don’t skip over that after you read the novel. I fell in love with Ryle, but at the same time I didn’t root for him. I have to say that’s a first for me.
I believe every woman should read this book. Every. Single. One. Because even if you are never in the same situation as Lily, you might find yourself in a similar one some day. Or you might know someone who is, has been, or who might be in the future. If I were rich, I’d buy a hundred copies of this book and hand it out to every teenage girl I know. Because as much as Colleen has stated before that she doesn’t write to educate, this book does just that. It allowed me to truly understand why some women stay.
I’ll end my review here before I give away too many spoilers. But seriously, pick up a copy of Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us today. And pick up another copy for a friend. You’ll definitely want to share this story.
Wait. One more quote from It Ends With Us, just because:
“In the future… if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again… fall in love with me.”