It Ends With Us

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover: A Review

This was the second CoHo book that I’ve read so far. Simply put, it wasn’t as good as my first experience of her writing, November 9. True, November 9 wasn’t the greatest story ever told. There were definite problems with that plot too; I just couldn’t think of any while the story was going on. That, for me, is the mark of an enthralling novel. I came away from reading that novel feeling all the emotions I could imagine and then some.

This time, I wasn’t quite as wowed.It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

What The Book Is About

It Ends With Us takes place in two eras. Fifteen-year-old Lily watches her father repeatedly abuse her mother. Because the situation is so unpredictable at home, she doesn’t have friends over and she isn’t quite allowed to visit other people either. So when a homeless, older boy starts staying in the abandoned house next door, he becomes her best friend.

Fast forward to Lily at twenty four. Her father is dead, her mother adjusting. Lily has moved to Boston and is finally in charge of her own life. She meets Ryle, a doctor with a bad temper he hasn’t learned to control and his sister Allysa who becomes her best friend after she meets them independently. Ryle is drop-dead gorgeous, a surgeon and he likes her. Win, win, win, right?

Not quite. Because Atlas, the no-longer-homeless-guy is also back in the same town as her and Ryle still has a temper.

What I Liked 

  • The characters really made the book work. As a main character, I like how strong Lily was in the end. Her last two decisions really helped give me closure at the end of the book but throughout the book, I alternated between liking her and wanting to shake her. I had to keep reminding myself, she’s only 15 or she’s only 24, she doesn’t know what to do yet.
  • I liked Allysa. I like how loyal she was to her friend. Sisterhood rocks.
  • I didn’t like Ryle. Not at the beginning. Not anywhere in the middle. Not even at the end.
  • Oh, but I loved Marshall. I think Allysa and Marshall should get their own book.
  • I liked that at the end of the book, the author wrote a note about how this wasn’t just for entertainment but that parts of the story were from her own life and that she couldn’t change the story or the characters even though at times she was tempted, because this is how it was meant to be written. I get it. It made sense. And it made up for all the rage I felt throughout the book then. But I had already finished reading the book so it didn’t help my overall review.

What I Would Change

Seriously? Nothing. I can’t think of anything that would improve the story. There were instances where the journal entries written by 15 year-old-Lily seemed way too composed to be authentic. But then I remembered that at fifteen, I was a homebody who read a lot and had an above average vocabulary and written expression too.

I thought Lily’s character wasn’t always consistent but in real life, who is? Who among us hasn’t said one thing sometime and totally done a complete 180 the next minute?

Because i didn’t feel the complete breadth of emotions like I did in my previous CoHo read, I rated this one 4 stars, but 4 stars with explanation.

I’ll be looking out to read another one of her books soon.

Are you a Colleen Hoover fan? Which of her books would you recommend next?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I haven’t read any Colleen Hoover books- yet! But I really want to. I feel like I have been seeing them everywhere. Inconsistent characters bothers me too- I pull 180s in my decision making on occasion but there is always a reason, so when characters do it and they have unclear motivations for changing their minds I find it really frustrating! Good to know that November 9 might be a better Hoover to start with since you enjoyed it more.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Abs0lutely, I recommend Nov 9 for your first read. Her characters aren’t perfect but they are lovable.
      To be fair to CoHo, the story in This Ends With Us was personal to her and must have been a difficult story to tell – she said the characters are supposed to be like that to show their complexity – but I just prefer the other book.


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