Lily has worked hard to graduate college, leave her small hometown and move to Boston. She’s started her own business and when she meets Ryle, a handsome neurosurgeon, she thinks her life couldn’t get any better. While Lily wonders why she is the exception to Ryle’s “no dating” mantra, someone from her past unexpectedly reappears in her life. Atlas was her first love and has always held a special place in her heart, which now is threatening what she and Ryle have built together.
Wow. When I saw this book on pretty much everyone’s Instagram posts over the last half a year, I had no idea what I was getting into. I admittedly don’t read a lot in this genre which, according to Goodreads, categorizes it as romance/contemporary/new adult, and if I wasn’t so taken with the gorgeous cover, I may not have actually ever picked it up.
It Ends With Us is so much more than just a “contemporary romance” novel. I didn’t know much about the story going into it, and I’m glad for that because there were moments that took me by surprise and kept me wondering how everything would play out. It touches on real, relatable issues of making a life for yourself after college like jobs, relationships, and following your heart. I did find some parts a bit cliché or cheesy, very rom/com-esque with the meet-cutes and quick somewhat-randomly-developed female friendships. That being said though, the serious moments were gut-wrenchingly real. There were parts that were difficult to read yet those were the parts of the story that I was most invested in.
This was a coming-of-age story where the readers follow, through journal entries, a younger Lily, infatuated with her first love, and facing hardships that force oneself to grow up fast. The characters are compelling and flawed, the situations tough and complicated. I was pulled right into the story and, as my first Colleen Hoover book, I’m definitely interested to read her other novels now.