It Ends with Us: A Novel
- Author: Colleen Hoover
- Publisher: Atria Books
- Published: August 2016
- ISBN-10: 1501110365
- ISBN-13: 9781501110368
- Format: Paperback
- Subject: FICTION / Contemporary Women
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Falling for a stubborn but sensitive neurosurgeon after a youth spent working hard to earn an education and start her own business, Lily is frustrated by his aversion to commitment before reconnecting with a first love from the past she left behind. By a #1 New York Times best-selling author. Original.
Hoover's (November 9, 2015, etc.) latest tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.At first glance, the couple is edgy but cute: Lily Bloom runs a flower shop for people who hate flowers; Ryle Kincaid is a surgeon who says he never wants to get married or have kids. They meet on a rooftop in Boston on the night Ryle loses a patient and Lily attends her abusive father's funeral. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle's intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily's employee and close friend. Lily swears she'll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. When Ryle is not in the throes of a jealous rage, his redeeming qualities return, and Lily can justify his behavior: "I think we needed what happened on the stairwell to happen so that I would know his past and w e'd be able to work on it together," she tells herself. Lily marries Ryle hoping the good will outweigh the bad, and the mother-daughter dynamics evolve beautifully as Lily reflects on her childhood with fresh eyes. Diary entries fancifully addressed to TV host Ellen DeGeneres serve as flashbacks to Lily's teenage years, when she met her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she found squatting in a neighbor's house. When Atlas turns up in Boston, now a successful chef, he begs Lily to leave Ryle. Despite the better option right in front of her, an unexpected complication forces Lily to cut ties with Atlas, confront Ryle, and try to end the cycle of abuse before it's too late. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author's note at the end that explains Hoover's personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read. Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the stre n gth of the survivors. Copyright Kirkus 2016 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
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