Publication Date: 2 August 2016
Publisher: Atria Books
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover is a new adult romance/contemporary novel that was published on 2 August 2016.
I read this novel mostly on the train, and there were several instances where I visibly reacted to the events that took place. My face would get really red because I was so surprised by what happened. I do not think that I have ever been so engrossed with a book on the train whilst waiting to reach my destination, which is either going to university or going home.
It Ends with Us is a powerful read that made me feel a variety of emotions as the story progressed. It is sweet yet heart-wrenching, but I cannot tell you much about the plot without giving away spoilers.
Lily tells her story of numerous things that occur to her throughout several years of her life. The reader feels love when she does, and feels sad when she does. The main characters include Ryle, the handsome neurosurgeon; Alyssa, the friendly girl that Lily works with; and Atlas, the old love of Lily’s that holds a strong place in her heart.
My favourite part about Lily is her love for Ellen Degeneres, as Lily wrote to Ellen in the form of diary entries when she was younger. I agreed with everything Lily said about Ellen and her show because I was also obsessed with Ellen at her age. Well, I still am, but I don’t watch her show everyday now like I used to. Overall, I enjoyed reading from Lily’s perspective. I think it is really important for the main character to be likable in romance novels, and It Ends with Us succeeds.
There is nothing that I really disliked about the book. It moves along quickly – which some may find annoying – but it helps give action to plot. It also assists in the character development of Lily.
The story captivated me throughout, and I felt very pleased with the outcome of the novel once I read the ending. I was actually quite shocked by the twist even though I knew there would be one, considering Colleen Hoover usually includes them. So far from Hoover I have read Hopeless and Confess, but I think that It Ends with Us is my new favourite.
I recommend this book to those who enjoy adult fiction and want to read a shocking plot twist. It would not be suited for younger readers.