Book Club: It Ends With Us

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Author: Colleen Hoover
ISBN: 9781471158254
RRP: $29.99

Colleen Hoover is a #1 New York Time Bestselling Author renowned for emotional reads that produce copious amounts of tears. I haven’t read nearly as many of her books as I would like, and I would like to read them all, but this one sounded too good to resist.


It Ends With Us is hard hitting and an emotional read, it will resonate with anyone who has been touched by a similar situation. I think this is a must read for all women from about 15 years of age. It is insightful and powerful, empowering and enlightening and utterly heartbreaking.

I finished the book through a haze of tears, tears that I was expecting after finishing last night with 20 pages to go and knowing the end was going to hurt. I then continued to the Note from the Author (which must be read AFTER the book for spoilerific reasons) and the tears just kept coming. Let me just say that It Ends With Us is a very personal story to Colleen Hoover and I think it shows.

Funnily enough, as I sit here writing this, I just saw a post go across Colleen Hoover’s Facebook page saying that the best way to read a Colleen Hoover novel is to go in blind, now I can’t write a review that allows you to go in completely blind but I will try to leave as much of the story out as I can.

Lily Bloom hasn’t always had it easy but she worked hard for what she wanted and took her chances with a move from her small hometown in Maine to the bright lights of Boston. Her biggest issue with living in Boston is living in an apartment, which means no garden. She has graduated college and works for the biggest marketing firm in Boston but her dream has always been to be a florist.

An inheritance gives her the means to follow her dream and open a florist, which she wants to be unique. Her choice of career change is brave and bold, and her store has to reflect that… and it does.

This book was emotional and powerful on many levels and I’m struggling with how to convey all of that without actually giving too much away.

it ends with us

There was a perfect quote in the first chapter of the book, that I won’t direct quote because I read an uncorrected proof, but basically it says that there are no bad people, just people who sometimes do bad things. I think this is perfect, and it is something that we all need to remember in our lives. It starts to get tricky when you have to draw a line in the sand about what constitutes sometimes, and what happens when sometimes crosses that line.

People do bad things, it doesn’t make them bad people but where does doing bad things in a relationship turn into a bad relationship. I think this is something that people in relationships often struggle with, and people outside of those relationships don’t understand.

Hoover brings a better understanding to these relationships and paints an empathetic picture of the people in these relationships, and draws on the strength of these women rather than the often misconstrued belief that they are weak.

The heart of this novel is love and romance.

Lily and Ryle meet by chance on a Boston rooftop one night, a night that sees them both escaping a bad day for some fresh air. Their meeting is fraught with the electricity of two souls connecting and then cut short by a fateful phone call summoning Ryle back to work. He walks out of her life after a short while getting to know one another and sharing truths they don’t usually share with other people.

A chance encounter brings them back together months later and the sparks ignite, sparks they both fight because they want very different things but where the heart is concerned the fight is often futile.

All of the change in Lily’s life has her thinking of her childhood, which leads to reading old journals and remembering an old flame. Imagine her surprise when she runs into him at a restaurant one night….

It Ends With Us is powerful and emotional, looking at family and relationships in-depth; exploring the complex layers of relationships and the beliefs that are formed by our childhoods. Well worth the read, definitely worth the tears and one that I will be recommending to everyone!

Colleen Hoover can be found on Facebook, Twitter and her Website.

It Ends With Us is available from Simon & Schuster, Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster 25 of our Beauty and Lace club members will be reading and reviewing It Ends With Us so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments.

 

30 thoughts on “Book Club: It Ends With Us

  1. Tnanks Michelle for the review, as usual really, really want to read this. Hope I’m lucky enough to be chosen to review.

  2. Thankyou for the chance to read It Ends With Us written by Colleen Hoover.
    I initially thought what a strange title for a book, I was so wrong as readers of this book will discover.
    This book is beautifully written all the elements a reader could want in a book, happiness, regret, sadness and love.
    Readers will laught at some things and cry at others,
    The book flows wonderfully,
    As I was reading it suddenly occurred to me the author had experienced or someone close to her had experienced this problem ( can’t say what it is don’t want to spoil for readers ) and in the notes from the author at the back of the book I was correct.
    I started this book and I will admit I read all day I could not put this book down.
    I highly recommend this book and I will be reading Colleen Hovers other books she has written

  3. It Ends With Us is a book that I literally stayed up half the night to read. It is a book that you cannot put down.
    The characters grabbed me straight away.
    There’s Lily Bloom, a young woman who is working hard at making the best life she can for herself.
    She moved from her home town in Maine to Boston, and she dreams of one day owning a florist shop.
    One night, she meets a young man named Ryle, when she is out on an apartment rooftop (both are there to get some fresh air and clear their heads after the rough day they’ve each had).
    They talk for a while, and get to know each other before Ryle is called away for work (he is a neurosurgeon at a local hospital).
    They each go their separate ways, but their encounter leaves a lasting impression on them both.
    So when they are reunited by chance months later, after Ryle’s sister Alyssa begins working for Lily, they decide to get to know each other better.
    They begin a relationship which starts off slow, but soon becomes more serious..
    I just want to mention that I loved the firm friendship Lily has with Alyssa; she’s a fantastic character, and added a lot to the over-all story.
    I really don’t want to say much more about the storyline; I wish I could write just what makes this book so amazing, but I would spoil it for others and that is not what I want to achieve.
    It is highly emotional, and very, very beautiful.
    It makes you think about things in a different perspective, and it is a story that you will think about again and again.
    Colleen has outdone herself with this.
    The Note From The Author right at the end of the book added the cherry on the top (but read it after you have read the book because there are some spoilers in there, just as an FYI).
    This book deserves all of the stars. I would love to see it adapted to a movie too..

  4. It Ends with Us is an emotional read , at times I had to pause to catch my breath, I did not want to put it down and read it in one night.. It is full of hard truths, honest, beautiful, and harsh. I wish there was more to the ending, as it felt rushed.. but I also realize that this is as much Lily’s story as it is a love story, if not more so. Reading this as one woman’s journey, which everyone should read. Highly recommend ! An emotional read that affected me,

  5. It Ends With Us is an emotionally powerful book that is very painful and raw.

    The story is told from the main character Lily Bloom’s perspective. A young, hard working woman who has moved from Maine to Boston and is keen to succeed in life, love and in the new flower business she has started up.

    Lily seems like she has her act together, but there are shadows in Lily’s life. And through Lily’s eyes the reader experience her history, her past agonies, her current disappointments and fears, as well as her very complicated relationships with the people in her life.

    Lily’s story is well told because it is not just a black and white rendering, it delves into the greyness of Lily’s complicated adult encounters. It considers the psychology of people and ultimately it is not judgmental. The quote,”There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things…”sums up the essence of the book.

    From the start its clear that Lily is a sensitive and feeling soul who even in the worst situations tries very hard to understand and empathise with others. But ultimately that is not enough to shield her from the realities of her life.

    It Ends With Us is gut-wrenching, and it will bring you to tears, but it is also a must read…

  6. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.

    Lily is the central character, she is 23 and narrates the book. She is a motivated, strong, resourceful and witty person, telling her story with a touch of humour. After her Father’s death she reflects on her past. She has written letters to Ellen DeGeneres in a diary throughout her childhood.

    We are taken through her past as she re reads the diaries, the ones written in her teenage years about her first love Atlas.
    Back in the present Lily meets Ryle a neurosurgeon who is sensitive, brilliant and rich. We follow her present relationship with Ryle while following the past relationship with Atlas.

    When Atlas suddenly reappears it throws Lily into confusion. She has choices to make!

    The book also deals with a social issue in a clever way showing the reader not only the impact it has on the victim but the family too..
    The book is hard to put down! You want to find out what happened in her past, while following the new love she has found with Ryle.

    Who will Lily chose? You have to keep reading to find out!

    Thoroughly recommend this book.

  7. When I finished this novel, words like courageous, powerful, hopeful, moving, realistic, all kept swirling around in my head. This is a very difficult review to write, because it’s a brilliant novel, and it feels hard to convey the emotional strength of Hoover’s writing without being as skilled a writer as she herself is. Also, it’s a novel hard to write more than a sentence about without a spoiler!

    So. This is the story of Lily, who was raised in an abusive household, and is determined to have a life different to her mother’s. It’s the story of Ryle, who has an aversion to relationships that may or may not be based in childhood trauma. And to some extent it’s the story of Atlas, Lily’s first love and the survivor of a different kind of abuse.

    One of the reasons this novel is so moving is that the characters are living, breathing people. Their hopes and dreams are real; their fears and failings equally so. They behave in ways we understand or recognise, and they react in completely believable ways. Hoover has drawn from some events in her own life, but they would not resonate without her incredible gift for characterisation.

    In some ways this novel is quite dark. It does not shy away from some brutal scenes, and considerable trauma for the characters. I would suggest that people who have experienced abuse might want to approach this novel with some caution; they may find it difficult to read. It shines a light on the question of why people accept particular behaviours, and acknowledges that people are neither just that behaviour, or always easily identified.

    To write a novel which deals with the issue at the heart of this book sensitively and yet without pussy footing around is quite extraordinary. Many people will come away from this novel feeling that their understanding of difficult relationships is greatly deepened.

    Ultimately, though, I found this a very positive novel. I was completely involved in the lives of the characters, struggled with their difficult choices, and was ultimately very moved by where Hoover left them. This is an extraordinary novel, and I recommend it very very highly.

  8. I too have just read It ends with us , and I found it a very compelling book, it deals with a subject…. along with many others…. why do people stay with people in a marriage, when and if it does not seem to be working out… how can they take what is dealt to them all in the name of love…. Now having read the book, I can understand more about human nature… This is a very compelling book, and I feel that the author may have had compelling knowledge. and already lived thru part of it, or has been very close to someone who has many years ago, confided in her about their marriage, then found she has married, and the same set of circumstances, but not really. are arising…, It gives us laughter, and sorrow, and many ups and downs along the way, but the part of the novel that is so heart rending is How do I handle this now? am I like my mother? or can I see my way clear. Years before lilly met a young teen, 19 years, and befrended him, then lost track of him, only to turn up when she is married and least expects it.. at least she has him to fall back on when all else seems to fail.. good reading… and look forward to others by Colleen Hoover.

  9. It Ends With Us is the first Collen Hoover novel I have read, as a crime fan I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was emotionally griping, for those of you who have not read a Collen Hoover novel, hang on to your hat and grab some tissues.

    It Ends With Us explores the highs and lows of Lily’s relationships both past and present. Lily first meets Ryle a handsome neurosurgeon on a roof top in Boston. After the death of lily’s father, she reflects on her past and reads her childhood dairy which introduces us to Atlas. The three characters intertwine throughout the book as we dive deeper into their relationships, emotions explode. Lilys friendship with Alyssa is the type all girls desire one with strength and without judgement, which helps to balance the story. I enjoyed Lily’s witty homor at the beginning of the novel and admired her courageat the end.

    Hoover has a beautiful writing style, she does not shy away from a very dark and comfronting topic, while exploring the physiologically and emotions involved. It Ends With Us is an honest and powerful story which I didnt want to but down.

  10. “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover is an absolute must read for any book lover.
    An instantly engaging book with huge emotional impact.
    I think a lot of people could personally relate to the subjects in this book which makes it all the more personable.
    The main character of Lily takes us on this emotional rollercoaster .It deals with some very hard issues and could be quite confronting for those who have experienced abusive relationships, but in saying that I myself found it very relatable to some of my own situations and I think the author treated the subject with respect and a way to help other people understand why and how some people stay in relationships that are not what others deem as appropriate and that the people in these relationships are not just what they seem.
    A fabulous read , but have some tissues on hand.

  11. I don’t even know how to write a review worthy of this read…..it was amazing!
    I had trouble putting it down at night and was sad when I finished it. I’ve ordered another Colleen Hoover novel and I tell you what it better be in my letterbox Monday haha.
    Colleen writes so well and I felt every every emotional associated with each situation. She made me see things through new eyes. Situations I couldn’t ever image and how complex they can be.
    Lily Bloom is a gorgeous character. Lily is driven, strong, caring and soft all in one.
    I love the character Atlas and how we come to meet him through journal entries and eventually he is brought back into the mix.
    Ryle is complex, I loved him and boy does he sound HOT , then I hated him then pitied him….
    Anyone reading this I encourage you to find this book it’s utterly heartbreaking, breathtaking and easily one of the best books I’ve ever read and I’ve read a ton.
    Thanks for another great review ! This one will be on my mind for a long time to come x

  12. WOW! Really what can I say about this book! Not only does it grab hold of you but wont let you go until you have heard its story. The characters are well developed, thought out and very real. I found myself on a roller-coaster with them, loving them one moment and being shocked the next.

    This is by no means a social book, and by that I mean, once you pick it up you will find it hard to put it down again. It is a book which balances the emotional roller-coaster with heart felt feelings and the love and support of an amazing friend. At times when reading it, I wondered how an author could actively research the issues and find out later on how this was done (this in itself was worth reading).

    The last part of the book almost killed me! I was in such a rush to find out what was going to happen, I found myself having to reread pages as I had skipped over too many words in my attempt to get to the end. Whilst doing this I was dreading how fast I was reading that the end was coming too quickly and I didnt want the story to end!

    Be sure to pack a box of tissues, a family block of chocolate, a glass of wine (which you may very well forget to drink) and lock yourself away for this book because its a ‘really good read’!

  13. It Ends With Us explores the highs and lows of Lily’s relationships both past and present. Lily first meets Ryle a handsome neurosurgeon . After lily looses her father, she reflects on her past which introduces us to Atlas. The three characters intertwine throughout the book and into their relationships, emotions explode. Lilys friendship with Alyssa is the type all girls desire some one with strength and without judgement, which helps to balance the story line .its a story well worth the read and one i defenitly will take to our library book club for them to enjoy too
    Hoover does not shy away from a very dark and comfronting topic but makes it hit home , this is a subject that need to be told while exploring the physiologically and emotions involved. It Ends With Us is an honest and powerful story i have ever read.

  14. It All Ends With Us………….
    Boy does it ever ! This is a very well written book about the struggles and demons within relationships.
    It is a heart breaking story which takes us back and forth emotionally.
    The two main characters Lily and Ryle are so desperate to feel love, joy and happiness that they endure the most unforgivable encounters in their relationship. Lily is tested so many times and pushed to her limits.
    When reading this book you are able to feel the true gut wrenching life experiences the author has faced.
    This book needs to be read by many people and I will gladly hand my copy out to friends.

  15. Wow what a read I finished it in a day I couldnt put it down.

    The story follows Lily a young successful woman with ghosts in her past, things that she doesn’t understand and choices that were made that she didnt get.

    Her life seems to be going so well opening her own business meeting the man of her dreams life couldnt be better but then it all starts to change and things are not going according to plan leaving her to make decisions for her own life that will in turn change the lives of others also.. She finally understands the choices that were made in her past and how hard they were to make, she has to be strong to be able to do the right thing for herself and others.

    This book could reach so many people and give understanding to something that affects a lot of the people around us.

    I will happily reccomend this read as it can give all of us an insight and understanding of things that happen and choices that are made that we don’t understand.

    It is an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.

  16. A great read & it really does “”End with us” a book to make you think & realize we all do endure a lot but come through in the end.
    Such good interesting characters so strong but with a soft side too.
    A very emotional read (another box of tissues) & entertaining through out hard to say too much without giving the storyline away.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book one of the best I have read & besides passing it on to friends I will recommend it to anyone that will listen.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  17. I absolutely loved this book “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover. I had no idea what to expect when I started reading it.
    This book really follows the life of Lily Bloom, from an angsty teenager into her adult years. As a young girl she watches her father become more and more abusive to her mother and ends up totally resenting him, and also her mother, a little. She cant understand why her mother puts up with it.
    This story revolves around three people. Lily, Ryle and Atlas. We are taken on the journey with Lily and see everything through her eyes. I found the whole story line so enthralling and saw how easy it is to make excuses for others behaviour.
    Lily’s thought process is very similar to my own and I really relate to a lot of her situation.
    I am really glad that the ending is as it is.
    I am not going to ruin this for anyone and can only say that this is a must read!!

  18. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover was as emotional book that drew me in with the lead character Lily Bloom immediately. She is strong despite her past and wanting to make her way in the world. When she falls in love it leads to difficult times and much looking into her past and what she is okay to have in her life. It made me think of what I would do in her situation – being such a grey area made it harder to separate feeling, memories and current events. This was displayed well and kept me thinking all through the book. I loved her main female friendship and how this was handled throughout.

    I would thoroughly recommend this book and read many more by this wonderful author.

  19. Thank you for the opportunity to read Colleen Hoover’s ‘It ends with us’. I knew absolutely nothing about this author despite her being a NYT best selling author. I purposely avoided reading any prior reviews of this book as well, as I did read that someone said its best going into this book knowing nothing about it, which is what I did!

    This book started off about Lily and her traumatic childhood living in an abusive household, and her way of coping with this was to keep a diary and write to Ellen DeGeneres, this was how she coped with what went on in her life. One day she notices movement in an abandoned house next door and discovers that a young boy (Atlas) is homeless and squatting there. She takes great pity on him and starts leaving food and clothing for him, and generally looking out for him. They build a strong friendship, that is until her father discovers their friendship.

    Fast forward and Lily has grown up and is starting a retail business. She meets Allysa, who offers to work for free in her shop. She also meets Allysa’s brother Ryle who is a surgeon and very personable and attractive. They actually met in weird circumstances briefly some time ago.

    What started off as a romance story escalates into classic Domestic Noir between Lily, Ryle and Atlas in a battle of jealousy, control, power struggles and heartbreak.

    This was a very interesting book which started off slow but then drew you in, was not too predictable and finished in sadness. Highly recommended for lovers of Womens Fiction/Domestic Noir.

  20. Thank you to Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read the novel “It Ends with Us” by Colleen Hoover.

    I found this novel to be very moving, heart wrenching and not for the faint hearted.

    The main character Lily Bloom hasn’t always had an easy life and works hard for what she wants. When Lily was growing up she kept a journal of letters she wrote to Ellen DeGeneres as a way to deal with issues in her life. After growing up in small town Maine and graduating from college she moves to Boston where she finally gets to start her own dream, a floral business. Lily finds herself on a rooftop one night where she meets neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid, both of them are there to get some fresh air and come to terms with the bad day that each of them have had. After this chance meeting they both go their own separate ways. Months later another chance encounter brings them back together and a spark is ignited and Lily’s life seems to change forever.

    Lily continually has thoughts of her childhood, and she starts reading her old journals and emotions and memories of her childhood and her childhood flame Atlas are reignited. As we go through the ups and downs with Lily and Ryle’s relationship we find out it is not all perfect. Is a chance meeting with Atlas in a restaurant the change of things to come?

    To find out what really happens in “It Ends with Us” I would highly recommend that you read this emotional and powerful novel, I assure you, you will not be disappointed.

  21. It Ends With Us is a title that hints at a certain sense of finality or ending. But in reality this novel is only the beginning. This bold book from New York Times bestseller, Colleen Hoover is an important one that slowly reveals itself to be a rather hard lesson in love, told by an excellent storyteller with a deft hand and a sensitive heart.

    The cover of this book reminds me of Charlotte Woods’s The Natural Way Of Things. Both books are works of fiction but they are also so raw and honest that they often feel as though they could be real stories. They also deal with some difficult subjects that are hard to discuss or raise, so hopefully this gets readers talking about them.

    Colleen Hoover has offered us a story about an engaging young woman named Lily. At the beginning of the story she is reeling from the recent death of her father. It’s a bittersweet moment for her because their relationship had been a rather fraught one. At the same time she also meets a handsome neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid. The two connect and he literally sweeps her off of her feet. But the honeymoon doesn’t last forever because Lily also has to process some stuff to do with a previous relationship. It is material that will make her reassess things and challenge what she previously thought. It’s also something we can all learn from.

    This novel is a bold one from Colleen Hoover and a very personal story. In her author’s note (which you should only read after finishing the book) she reveals her true connection to this tale. This intense book will tug at your heartstrings and thrust you onto an emotional rollercoaster that will take you through every emotion on the spectrum of feelings. To reveal anything more would ruin things but suffice to say the naked truth is that this is one excellent book full of depth, pathos and grit.

  22. This is a book that will leave an impression. It tells a love story, but so much more. It tells of relationships, and growing and learning from experiences
    The book focuses on Lily and her interactions. It flits back from the present to lily’s teens, with Ellen DeGeneres playing a role in this.
    It is very readable: right from the start you realise that Lily is one very strong willed woman who dances to her own tune. A strong yet vulnerable woman.
    It is an easy to read book, that covers some dark issues. In the final chapters, the book title finally makes sense. I will be seeking out more of Colleen Hoover’s work

  23. I love Colleen Hoover. I think shes a wonderful writer and that is why I jumped up and down with excitement when ‘It ends with Us” came up for review. I eagerly awaited my copy and when it arrived I wanted to dive straight in but had to wait until later that night.
    I loved reading about Lily and following her through her life. The things that happen in our lives shape us all and I guess we can either decide to take the road where we blossom from all that is thrown our way or we crumple. I love that Lily blossomed and was able to find the positive in any negative.
    Often we decide what we think others think of us and many times we are wrong. This was one of the lessons that Lily learnt in her lifetime.
    We all handle things in our own way and in a way that we are able to cope with. Lily learns that sometimes to love someone is not always enough and in other cases to love someone is enough to make you want to ensure there is change.

    This is a wonderful story of a very caring young lady who over time shows her strength.
    As you read this book you will fall in love with Lily just as I did. I laughed with her, I cried with her and I wished I could change things for her. But life is not all perfect.

    I 100% adored this book and Im so very thrilled that I was on this trial team.
    Thank you Beauty and Lace and thank you Colleen Hoover for yet another wonderful Journey.

  24. Thank you to Beauty and Lace for selecting this book. Colleen Hoover is an amazing author who has written a book that is painful in many ways, courageous and very moving.

    Lily the main character is 23 ponders her past after her Dads’ death. She is going out with Ryle Kincaid a good looking arrogant neurosurgeon.

    Her first love and soul mate Atlas Corrigan reappears making things more than a little difficult. I enjoyed reading this book so much it made me laugh and cry to see what a strong character Lily is.

    It is a great book with a satisfactory ending and I would recommend it to anyone.

  25. It Ends with Us

    I found this book to be amazing! Highly emotionally charged but simply amazing. I didn’t want to put it down but when I did I was exhausted from all the emotion!

    Lily’s story just drew me right in, what I loved about it most is that It wasn’t plain and simple there were grey areas. While reading this you really come to realize how you can relate to her in one way or another so It makes the story feel so much more personal

    I loved it, anyone in doubt as to whether they should try it just do it! You wont regret a thing

    1. A lot of books now have book club questions in the back of them. If I can put my hand on my copy I will check this one.
      Otherwise the publisher or author website may have some.

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