My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
About the Author:
Colleen Hoover (born December 11, 1979) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels and five novellas. Hoover’s novels fall into the New Adult and Young Adult categories. Hoover published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012. Since then, all of her full-length novels have become New York Times Best Sellers.
Publication Year: 2016
‘It ends with us’ is about Lily who moves to Boston to get away from her previous life and pursue her dreams. She didn’t exactly have a great life growing up but she’s ready for a fresh start. When she meets a handsome neurosurgeon Ryle and both of them confess they’re attracted to each other, she knows she wants a relationship. The thing is Ryle hates it and has never been in one.
This changes when Ryle says he wants to give it a shot. Lily is delighted and both of them start dating. But things take a different turn when she runs into Atlas, her first love whom she hasn’t seen in years and somehow didn’t find closure with the past relationship with him. Now, she has to deal with past and new relationships.
“Maybe love isn’t something that comes full circle. It just ebbs and flows, in and out, just like the people in our lives. Just because we didn’t end up on the same wave, doesn’t mean we aren’t apart of the same ocean.”
First off, I’ve to say the book was pretty boring and kind of weird for more than the first half. It felt like the fluffy, romantic shit sugar-coating the problems in a relationship and I couldn’t care any less but after that, the plot escalates quickly. The turn the story takes is unexpected in a good way and made me really appreciate the problems that the author wanted to highlight. This is a powerful book with a good message. I’m glad I went into it without knowing what to expect.
This story portrays the issue of domestic abuse and its impacts on the people involved in a relationship. While it’s easy to judge the people who are abused and still chose to stay in a relationship for whatever reason, it’s not as easy for them as well. They have to consider the well-being of their children and so many factors come into play but it might be also because they love that person and want to believe that they’ll change somehow until the perpetrator’s behavior becomes a norm.
“Cycles exist because they are excruciating to break. It takes an astronomical amount of pain and courage to disrupt a familiar pattern. Sometimes it seems easier to just keep running in the same familiar circles, rather than facing the fear of jumping and possibly not landing on your feet.”
The book realistically portrays the shock, the heartbreak, the struggles of people involved in such a relationship. It’s when you realize the person you love is no longer the same person anymore but you can’t suddenly stop feeling things and cut them out from your life. People are not black and white but it’s also true that you can’t change a person completely with your love and hold out hope that they’ll somehow change. It not only wrecks your life but also of those involved in it.
I’m not going to lie I really didn’t like the relationship between the main characters right from the start. There were so many red flags and I felt they had no chemistry. The thing about suddenly wanting to change in a big way should be an indicator enough. But, after getting deeper in the book, a lot starts to make sense. I liked the way the relationship built and changed as time went on. It’s when Lily realizes she’s in the same shoes as her mom was years ago, and starts to understand her better.
“Imagine all the people you meet in your life. There are so many. They come in like waves, trickling in and out with the tide. Some waves are much bigger and make more of an impact than others. Sometimes the waves bring with them things from deep in the bottom of the sea and they leave those things tossed onto the shore. Imprints against the grains of sand that prove the waves had once been there, long after the tide recedes.”
The chapters from Lily’s past with Atlas were my favorite. Plus, I loved the female friendship, it was better than the actual relationship. I’ve come to appreciate Lily for making the right choice for her and everyone involved. I could empathize with her and found myself invested in her story and rooting for her towards the end. I loved the ending and how she made peace with her past.
If you’re patient enough to get through the first half, I urge you to give this book a try. It’s different than other NA I’ve read. It’s a thought-provoking story. Also, the cover looks so pretty!