“I feel like everyone fakes who they really are, when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others.”
*Warning* Spoilers ahead
Ever since I read All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover, I have been dying to get my hands on more of her romance books. I have been binge-reading second chance romance books and I saw that this was recommended after one of those romance books I’ve been reading, so I had to pick it up. It Ends With Us was not what I was expected, in the best way possible, and blew me away. It was an amazing book that I had to give 4 stars, which I’m still debating to increase.
The best part of this book was how deep and moving it was and how it got me to think. The main character, Lily, grew up in a household of domestic abuse. Eventually, she meets a neurosurgeon with anger issues, Ryle Kincaid, and falls into the cycle that her mother once did. Instead of leaving him, she went back to him multiple times because he was extremely apologetic and she was still in love with him. Before this book, I never understood why people would go back to their abusers; however, It Ends WIth Us opened my eyes and did a spectacular job showing me the mindset of someone in that position. She wants to believe that it was just a mistake and her love for him overshadowed everything else.
Colleen Hoover did an amazing job making us fall in love with Lily and seeing everything through her eyes. The first time we ever met Ryle, he acted out of impulse and threw a chair across the roof, but that didn’t raise any red flags for the readers or Lily (let’s be real, most guys have probably punched drywall at least once in their life). Lily assumed that she just caught him at a bad time, so we believed it as well. I even found myself rooting for Ryle in the beginning and loving him as much as Lily did. However, even though Lily made an excuse for the first time he hurt her, I didn’t because I could already see where it was headed. Even though I immediately became team Atlas, I sympathized with Lily and learned to understand why she made the choices that she did.
Not only did this book have scenes that moved me, but it also had scenes that I absolutely adored and fell in love with. I knew from the second we learned that Atlas kissed that spot on her collarbone, what her tattoo represented and it was incredibly sweet. I loved the scene when Atlas gave Lily a signed copy of Ellen’s book and every single time they said “just keep swimming” to each other. Also, I loved reading all of her diary pages because the parts about Atlas and her were sweet and heartwarming.
My biggest problem with It Ends With Us was how little we got to see of Atlas in the present. Most of the scenes where we saw him were when they were teenagers and I wanted to learn more about who he is as an adult. I wish that we saw more of them as a couple when they were adults as well. All we saw was the very end when they finally decided to be together, but we didn’t get to see anything after that.
Even though the ending between Atlas and Lily wasn’t my favorite, I am so happy with the way the story ended between Lily and Ryle. I think that it is so interesting to think that Lily was the love of Ryle’s life, but he messed up in a way that can never be fixed. Now, he has to live the rest of his life with the knowledge that it is entirely his fault, which is a small price to pay for what he did. I’m so glad that they got divorced, but I’m also fascinated by the way that Lily is handling the situation now that she has a child. She is incredibly strong and I’m so impressed with how she has a relationship with Ryle (of course not in the way that they used to) and make sure her child has a relationship with her father as well. I wanted to leave this paragraph off by saying that if you didn’t read the Author’s Note, I beg you to do so.
Overall, It Ends With Us was an incredible story that completely took me by surprise. I’m so glad that I picked it up and I am looking forward to picking up another one of Colleen Hoover’s books (they are my new guilty pleasure). Also, I wanted to mention that I know Colleen Hoover is a controversial author, but I believe that you can still enjoy a book and not love the author.