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In this “brave and heartbreaking novel that digs its claws into you and doesn’t let go, long after you’ve finished it” (Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All Your Perfects, a workaholic with a too-good-to-be-true romance can’t stop thinking about her first love.
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 where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. And when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life seems too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
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.
An honest, evocative, and tender novel, It Ends with Us is “a glorious and touching read, a forever keeper. The kind of book that gets handed down” (USA TODAY).
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 11 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||August 02 2016|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #23 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#3 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#11 in New Adult & College Romance
Reviewed in Canada on January 13, 2023
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There are a few trigger warnings such as an abusive relationship, alcohol abuse, attempted rape, cancer, childbirth, depression, domestic abuse (graphic), infertility (brief mention but then resolved), pregnancy, suicide (brief discussion) and violence, jealousy, gaslighting.
We follow Lily, she's starting her new chapter in life, fighting the ghosts from her past, she finds Ryle, and starts falling for him.
We see in this book descriptions of depression and in Lily's perspective, we find that she had a really difficult childhood, with domestic violence marking her teenage years. The only thing good from those years was knowing Atlas, a bit older than her, with a few problems, which she tries her best to help out, and together they help each other, inevitably falling for each other ... but sometimes life is not fair, they end up having to be separated with a promise to find each other in the future.
Lily moves to Boston and opens her business starting a relationship, but once again nothing gets any easier, she starts to see glimpses of her father's behaviour hunting her actual relationship, but her poor self-esteem doesn't help, Ryle's a complicated person.
We can see how Lily starts to evolve, and how the support of others, and making peace with her past and her mother start to make her character grow. She's a victim, and this role wasn't overdone we see the empowerment of her character throughout the book, which was very inspiring.
I won't say much more just that I cried a lot.
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Anyway, don’t expect great literature with this one. In fact, set expectations really low and maybe you can get through it. Me? Life is too short to waste any of it on crappy books.
The story is about Lily Bloom, who grew up in a household where her father physically and sexually abused her mother. In spite of the abuse, Lily’s mother doesn’t leave her husband, which leads Lily to believe her mother is weak, and Lily swears never to end up like her.
As an adult, Lily meets a neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid – he is charming, loving and committed. But over time, Lily discovers a side to him that brings her dangerously close to repeating her mother’s cycle.
After reading this book I was confused as to how I felt about it. On one hand, there is a clear depth to it; the book talks about abusive relationships in a raw, vulnerable way that makes you think about the mental and emotional trauma involved, as well as the complexity of such relationships.
On the other hand, there is also a lot of what I see as juvenile romance – irrational, childish expectations from relationships, overflowing emotion, tantrums, rapid switches between extreme highs and lows, and levels of drama that no rational adult would ever subject themselves to.
I also struggled with Ryle’s character in the early stages of their relationship. In the beginning of the book, he goes to great pains to emphasise how much he hates relationships (which in itself is no sin), and yet the second he meets Lily his entire personality flips and suddenly he is willing to do anything to be with her – and once that happens, he is the sickeningly sweet picture of an overly devoted boyfriend who wants to spend every moment complimenting his girlfriend and wanting to have babies. What brought about this drastic change?? Honestly, I found this transformation hard to believe.
After reading the book, my aversion to romance novels remains unchanged, but I did find myself feeling much more empathy for victims of domestic abuse – the author’s own experience in an abusive home lends so much more authenticity to the experiences her characters go through – I witnessed how our tendency to judge people who go back to their abusers might not always be warranted, for although it seems black and white, the complexity of abusive relationships is not easy to navigate. There are several reasons why one might go back to them without being weak or brainwashed, and I myself have become far more sympathetic to the need to listen and understand before making assumptions and judging someone who is in that same position.
I'm not a Romance lover and definitely not a Colleen Hoover lover. This book was yet again just like her other books: characters with horrifying past, they meet suddenly, sparks flew, fall in love at first sight, and etc.
Whole plotline was predictable. I could tell from the start what was going to happen.
Writing was not that amusing too. I find it simple and well it's a good thing. I don't mind simple writing as long as plotline is good.
But here that was not the case. Just after reading two or three pages I started cringing. Every page was cringe worth.
Only good thing was the attempt to send a message through of domestic violence and the helpline number and resources at the end.
And that just ends with that.