• Rachel Penate

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

Updated: Apr 10, 2020


★★★★/ 5 (Standard)

★★★.5/ 5 (Mama Scale)


A moving novel about the intensity and intricacy of relationships.


Oof. Wow. That’s all I’ve got for this one …⁣⁣


haha, just kidding … but seriously … this one gutted me a little. For one — I really need to take a break from novels about domestic abuse, totally unintentionally just read three in a row. But, for two — what a story. I have mad respect for Colleen Hoover after reading this book. Not only did she craft a plot that does incredible justice to the internal conflict that domestic abuse creates within all parties, BUT she also courageously modeled this story after her own parents experience. ⁣⁣


This story absolutely moved me for those reasons. But, as a literary experience, there were some elements I could’ve done without — for one — I just don’t do well with sex scenes. There were a few in here that I would’ve been TOTALLY fine without. And two, Lily’s character (and her relationship w/ Ryle) at times felt a little flat to me. I wanted more personality out of her and more depth to their emotional relationship — rather than physical (however this was redeemed a little for me at the end).⁣⁣


Overall, a refreshing take on the power of couples to make mature decisions despite hardship.


Yes, if you like a non-traditional love story and want to be challenged to understand the problem of domestic abuse a little better.⁣⁣

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