SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.
Page Length: 367
Characters: Lily, Ryle and Atlas
Publication Date: 2nd August 2016
This book has made me feel annoyed and depressed, no, it just pissed me off!
I grew up in a similar situation to Lilly so I know what it’s like witnessing your parenting getting abused and wishing like hell that they would leave. I completely understand teenage Lily, adult lily not so much.
To be blunt adult Lily is naïve and stupid. Who their right fucking mind decides that getting with a guy who says that they want to fuck you within the first 10 minutes is a good idea? This same guy has major commitment issues and is beating up a freaking garden chair. Hello, why weren’t your alarm bells ringing then? if that wasn’t bad enough a few weeks later he comes to her apartment and begs her for sex… seriously? The fact is that Lily does know what a good relationship looks like because she had one with Atlas! sure they were young and they didn’t do any of the traditional dating type stuff but he did treat her properly.
The fact is that Lily does know what a good relationship looks like because she had one with Atlas! sure they were young and they didn’t do any of the traditional dating type stuff but he did treat her properly.
I’m also seething about Ryles character, he has all the classic charming perpetrator traits but after the first incident where he hurts Lily he tells her he as an anger disorder that stems from childhood. I can only assume that he has IED (Intermittent Explosive Disorder) and that’s why he loses his temper, he then begs her to not leave and to help him. Which she buys hook line and sinker. I’m sorry but I’m not buying it, I think that this was all part of his manipulation to get Lily to stay with him. I read another book (can’t remember the name of it) but the male protagonist had IED and he was nothing like Ryle, one he took responsibility for his actions and went and got help. What pissed me off the most is that it is never addressed in the book that he is using this as a manipulation tactic, so it just becomes a justification of why he’s abusive, when really it would have been more beneficial to readers to know that actually this is just another trait of a perpetrator.
I think this book could have been more, I thought it was a very cliché story of abuse. As it portrays a somewhat typical case of physical abuse but it doesn’t go into any depth about the emotional abuse. I feel that Lily we very emotionally manipulated by Ryle but the author never addresses this and that is one of the biggest let downs of the whole book. This books whole thing is that each person’s experience of abuse is different but Colleen Hoover has managed to tell the most cliché version of it you can think of. This book didn’t leave me feeling empowered or hopeful it just left a really bad taste.
My Rating: 1/5 🌟