It Ends With Us was another book by Colleen Hoover and was just as addicting as the other two I’ve read by her, Confess and Nov 9. These novels are considered “new adult” which makes them feel just a little less mature than a normal adult fiction novel, but edgy enough to be outside of the young adult category. Simply put, this was a quick and easy read with a great story.
This novel followed Lily and her relationship with Ryle while she tried to start a flower business in Boston. The relationship aspect of this read like a steamy romance novel. I found it was a bit corny that the relationship began with Ryle saying he just wanted to sleep with Lily and pursuing her for that limited purpose through the first few chapters. Eventually, their relationship bloomed, but their encounters were filled with steamy scenes and many, many, sexual innuendos.
For no reason at all, Lily reread a journal she kept as a high school student that allowed her to flash back to when Atlas, a boy from her grade began living in the abandoned house next door to her. Lily’s helpful and caring nature came through in those chapters as she gave Atlas food and clothing, and even let him sleep on her bedroom floor on cold nights. Lily also watched her father physically and verbally abuse her mother until one night he struck Lily.
I couldn’t figure out the relevance of the flashback to the love story until about halfway through the novel when Atlas was spotted by Lily in Boston, and Ryle and Lily got married. I’m not a fan of reading novels about domestic violence, but didn’t realize that was present here until it was too late to stop reading. By that time, I already liked Lily and wanted to see if her flower shop would succeed and if she would find her happily ever after. I also wanted to see if she would end up with Atlas, who was clear still in love with her.
This was a solidly good read, albeit an easy one. What I like about Colleen Hoover is that her characters are so emotional that they seem like real people who could leap off the pages. Their thoughts and worries seem plausible, which make it easy to root for them and become immersed in their issues. This was a good book, and I look forward to reading more by her.