It Ends with Us

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover Book Summary

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Starts with Us and All Your Perfects, a “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) about 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).

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover Book Reviews

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It was like a binge, I couldn't wait to get out of work to come home and finish reading it. Literally had this book while being passenger princess with my husband. Loved how it ended. A part of me kind of wishes Lily gave it a chance... overall cant wait to read "It starts with us."

I could not put this book down! So good!

Loved this book so much, but as a teenager it can be a bit graphic at times but overall was really balanced out and really recommend it!! Read this book in 2 days, couldn’t put it down

I came into this book with a clear expecting anything but this book has me read for chapter after chapter and i loved every bit of it. Thank you Miss Hoover for the Experience that you gave me while reading this book.❤️❤️❤️

Great easy read!

This book is not a regular romance and entails so much heartbreak. This book is everything and so much more. Colleen is Bold and Brave in writing this and could be the thing a woman may need one day.

Loved this book! Stayed up until 3 am several nights reading this book. Couldn’t put it down.

Filled with raw emotions that some can relate to. This book is about making the “right choice” regardless of how hard it may be.

Book is so good. Keeps you on your toes. Highly recommend. I loved it!

This is really one of the first book I have read start to finish. All I can say is that it’s such an awesome story and I love it!!

Absolutely incredible, finished it in two days. Couldn’t put it down. I definitely would’ve finished in one day if my kids didn’t need me every 5 seconds. Just an incredible story!

Amazing! Brought tears to my eyes every time as I can relate to this book in so many ways.

This was so well written, you can feel the pain of decision that need to be addressed. As each of the characters came to life this book was more difficult to put down.

Colleen Hoover books kept popping up on BookTok as “must reads”. I felt that this book was lacking depth and missed so many opportunities to show truth behind abusive relationships and not romanticize the struggle of breaking generational trauma. Not to mention just genuinely skip over that entire process. If you’re a fan of drama that stays at the surface level with the slightest hint of depth without actually touching the deep then this book is perfect for you. Great beach read with a hint of controversy without making you uncomfortably look at yourself or your relationships. If you prefer your books to submerge you in the truth of human interaction, books that make you see different points of view, books that make you discover something new, then I would look elsewhere.

I found this book wandered with no climax. Also, the main character was quite unbelievable for her age - she acted more like a seasoned 40 year old.

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Couldn’t put the book down

I quite literally felt every emotion a person can feel whilst reading this book. An absolute must read. Such a realistic story, absolutely joyous, but heart wrenching at the same time.

I honestly couldn’t put this book down! Every part had me at the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next. Romance, heartache, friendship, everything is in here.

The best book I’ve ever read, by far. Thank you, Colleen. Finished it in one day and now I don’t know what to do with myself.

It was a good book. Definitely not the greatest I’ve ever read. An easy read with a lot of heavy topics.

Can’t believe all the raves about this book. Feels like it was written by a 14 year old for a 14 year old. I like characters that have depth. Maybe some of her other books are good but I will never buy another one written by her.

This book really kept me on the edge of me seat! It was very descriptive which helped me to understand the scenes where lily had to make hear breaking decisions. 100000/10 AMAZING BOOK🙌🏽

I usually don’t leave a review, but this book is different. Good, awesome way, different. Prepare yourself for a roller coaster of emotions like never before. I can assure you that you have never read a book that would make you feel every single word in it. I cried when I started, I cried halfway and I cried at the end of that epilogue. This book, has made me appreciate the life I have build for myself and my family. THIS IS A MUST READ! I honestly want to buy a physical copy and frame it! ✨

The ending. Amazing book.

This book was probably the best book I’ve read in a very long time, very much do recommend.

This book was so great! Hit every emotion and made you picture everything going on and the characters! Definitely keeps you wondering in the end but I’m so excited to read the next one!

Coleen knows how to make a reader feel every single emotion. Must read!

And that’s an insult to wattpads writers.

I’m not sure what I was expecting but this book was beautiful and sad at the same time.

When I started to read the book, I simply could not put it down— and after reading the authors note, I found an even greater appreciation for this novel!

If you are looking for a good read this is it. The book caught me with the first chapter and I haven’t had a book do that In a long time. I couldn’t put it down!

Love is not easy. Life lessons are not easy. Doing what you know is right isn’t always easy, but the way Colleen tells this story, makes it easy to not put down till the end.

Had me crying at the end

I loved the book

Couldn’t stop rolling my eyes at how cheesy/cringy this book is. It’s extremely predictable and feels like a teenager wrote it.

I’ve never been a reader until I picked up this author. Colleen has a way with words and descriptions that cannot be matched.

One of the very best books I’ve ever read. I couldn’t put it down. There is nothing I didn’t love. From the first sentence to the last word it was spectacular. Would be devastating if there wasn’t more of Lily and Atlas to look forward to. Thank you!!!!

Absolutely LOVE it. Can relate to the whole story 🥹

i loved this emotional journey and couldn’t put it down!! it’s intense, funny, sexy, and real in all the best ways. had to read the sequel as soon as i finished!!

Loveeee loveee loveeee this book! Filled with emotions, can't wait to begin it starts with us!

Great read!

This book is about a woman in a physically abusive marriage. It justifies and sympathizes with the abuser without repercussions. The author makes it seem like the abuse was not too bad even though the wife could have died on 2 occasions.

The first half of the book really had me. The second fell flat. I feel like the same themes and conversations were happening over and over in different words and dialogue. Over all it’s not terrible. It’s ok.

Its just amazing! a roller coaster of emotions

This is one of the best books I have read in really long time! I read it in less then 24 hours!

Wonderful, insightful and inspiring but only after going through many highs and lows. Recommend highly.

1. The names are absolutely terrible and makes the romance of the book feel as if it’s being told by Adam Sandler, and this only gets worse in the sequel. 2. The sexiness, romance, drama & seriousness of the book is subdued by the Finding Nemo references & Ellen, making the writer of this story feel amateur. I feel as if the humor just fell flat. 3. Also, I know that it’s fiction but the ages versus successes of the characters didn’t hold a realistic aspect, which just added to the cringe of it all. This book is a good teenage read, and perhaps not for the mind of a 20-something.

I enjoyed reading this book and it had me hooked and wanting to keep reading more!

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I fell in love with the characters and their different mindsets. The whole book is so good that I finished the whole thing in a day! The connection between the characters is very interesting. Lots of ups and downs which makes it interesting. Love the plot twist in this book so much. I just feel torn about the outcome. Colleen really gave us a roller coaster ride. Definitely recommend this book for hot people and I also recommend "It Starts With Us"

Read the book to see what the hype was, it was a good/easy read!

Definitely fell in love with the characters in this book and I feel so torn about the out come. Thank you for the roller coaster ride!


I personally felt like the takeaway message from this story wasn’t great. Characters didn’t have much dimension to them, and the vocab was underwhelming. Good story, not so great execution.

I couldn’t put this book down. Amazing read. This author is brilliant:)

I can’t even describe the feelings I went through the first time I read this book. I was told it was a romance book, that is a horribly wrong description. This is not a romance novel it is a story that covers a very important and sensitive topic. This book was almost like a wake up call to me it really helped me understand the perspective of the abused, they don’t always know that they’re being abused. They get blindsided by love and promise. This is something so many people across the world have struggle with and continue to, and the fact that someone can do that to another person, and then convince them that they are the one in the wrong is so scary. This book shows how this happens as well it really brings a light to the gaslighting that takes place which not only makes it physical but also mental abuse. When someone has just been injured by you and then you proceed to tell them it was their fault, and that they did it to them self is truly and horrific thing to do. I could talk about this book all day long but to bring it to a rap I just want to say that this book changed me and the way I feel about reading, I didn’t read much before it but now I have 7 Colleen Hoover books simply because this book showed me how much words can bring a story to life. The fact that this is a true story as well just makes it even more powerful. I recommend reading the authors note at the end of the book. I already have it starts with us on preorder it arrived at my house today so I am so excited to read it. Much love, stay safe❤️

I couldn’t put the book down! A must read.

I love this book. I cried sometimes to this book and I'm proud of lily for leaving and stopping the relationship before it got too late. I found this book on TikTok and some people say that it's not that good but everyone had their own opinions and my friend and I personally like it.

Her books got to come worth a trigger warning 🥹🥹 love love love

This was an incredible story, and many parts brought me to tears. I could feel what Lily felt in each moment and struggled through each decision right along with her. Beautiful ending.

Not really the ending I was hoping for.

I went into this book blindly, I seen it recommended on TikTok and thought I’d give it a try. It has changed my life for the better, love this book and recommend to anyone whom has felt alone in a toxic relationship 💓

Really great read!!!

Finished in 2 days! I could not put it down!

It was raw and captivating and so good. I couldn’t put it down. Sex, betrayal and love perfectly written into one story.

So many romance novels have the same kind of story lines to the point you know what’s going to be said next. I found myself losing interest in them honestly. But this? Amazing, plot twists, heartbreaking and overall just breathtaking. I cried lots, I laughed out loud and I genuinely enjoyed reading this. Phenomenal.

I read this in less than 24 hours as a busy mom with young twins. This book will stick with me forever and I could not put it down during nap times! I can’t wait to read the second novel when it comes out. One of my favourites I’ve ever read

Couldn’t put this book down, easily a one day read. Brings a whole new light to an incredibly difficult topic.

Couldn't put this book down for a minute!

Read this book in less than 2 days! Absolutely amazing!

I loved this book. It brings so much light to the topic of domestic abuse, and I’ve never really had anyone in my life talk about it before (thank god because I hope no one I know is going through it), and it was a beautiful rollercoaster of a story. I was team Atlas from day one though, ngl. THANK YOU COLLEEN HOOVER FOR ANOTHER WONDERFUL READ <3

I am so obsessed with this book! I couldn’t put it down. I am immediately reading the second book. No wonder EVERYONE is reading this. Do yourself a favour and read this book!!!!


This book was everything between heartbreaking, romantic, devastating, magical, and more. I couldn’t stop reading. Make sure you read the epilogue.

holy moly, this book put me through such an emotional roller coaster ✋🏼. before it ends with us, i hadn’t read anything in 6 years. the only reason i started reading it was because of my friend paige. she said i should read it and i was like maybeee but then i didn’t. then she recommended it to my other friend alexa, and she started reading it. they were always talking about it and i felt left out of the convo so i started reading it. next thing i know, i’m finished before alexa cause i read 10 chapters every day lol. i finished the book in less than a week! not super impressive, but for someone who never EVER reads i think it’s pretty decent. anyway this book is so good. it’s not your average love story. it deals with the topics of physical and emotional abuse, which really makes the love story so much deeper. anywho i would recommend this book to anyone with a brain and a heart. idec if it’s not their kind of book. anyone in the right mind would love it. (atlas corrigan 🫶🏼)

I really liked this book. I couldn’t stop reading! So touching. 100% would recommend.

I really couldn’t stop reading the moment I read the first chapter! This book is amazing! Loved everything about it and what it stood for 💜

Honestly I didn’t love it. Don’t get me wrong- it’s a good book with an important message about abuse. The characters are dynamic and the story is interesting enough to keep you reading but I just didn’t feel like it was awe inspiring like I was lead to believe. It’s a little repetitive and for such a deep and hard hitting message I found it a little shallow. 🤷‍♀️

Was so good I finished it in less than 1 week.

This book was fantastic. An easy read…heartbreaking while at the same time it is inspirational. A great read for any young women going through tough times with their partner. I feel as though many could resonate with this, as I know I did. I will definitely be reading more of Colleen Hoovers books.

10/10 recommend this book. Will be reading it again hopefully. Storyline is marvellous, the author did an excellent job!

this was my firsh coho book and im obsessed

I had seen this book all over my tik too and decided to give it a read. I honestly don’t regret it. Colleen thank you so much for this enjoyable read! You truly are gifted

Very good book, I recommend.

One of the best books I’ve read in a long time! The storyline in the book is phenomenal and the message behind the book makes it all the more significant. Definitely recommend to read!

I wish he did not hit her, he loved her so much……. It’s so sad

So well written and unexpected turns of events. On of my favourite books

Colleen is such an amazing writer. I absolutely love this book. I have read it twice now and will still read again.

The best book I have ever picked up

Gut wrenching, eye opening and life saving all at once. I will never see domestic violence the same again!

With a love-triangle type romance, Hoover brings us back to our ‘young-love & Twilight’ roots. I loved this book - the simplicity of young love with the true ups and downs of a realistic romance, brought the emotions flooding in like a storm. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I love how this story flows. It’s heartbreaking and at the same time you want to fall in love.

Caters to the mass market. You’ll love it.

This is the first book I actually liked that I finished it so fast!! This is also coming from someone who doesn’t read books!! aaaaaah i love this book

I couldn’t put it down!

Loved this book and wish I could give it 4.5 stars. It had my attention the whole time and caught me off guard at times. Reasons I’m only giving it 4 (4.5 in my mind) is I needed more Atlas and Lily. I was so excited for the next book to come. Colleen is a fabulous writer and I will be reading more books from her soon.

Cannot wait for the sequel.

A couldn’t put the book down. It was a bit of a roller coaster ride but worth the ride!

It was ok, I didn’t like the romantic parts ig

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Loved the ending true page turner!!!

Sad how much I loved a character :(

Debated on buying this book, had it sitting in my ‘want to read’ tab for a while before I pressed the buy button. Wow, no regrets. Absolutely amazing. I laughed, I cried, couldn’t put the book down. I finished it in one day! Colleen Hoover does it again.

This book brought me through every emotion imaginable. I fell in love with every character, at times for who they are, and then other times in spite of it. I can’t recommend this this story enough!

This seems more like a 14 year old’s fantasy than a professional piece of work. Immensely disappointed.

Amazing. Once you start you won’t be able to stop until you are done. Loved it!

Absolutely love this book!! Colleen hasn’t written a bad book yet!!

Do a leep uh (Dua Lipa) Count the headlights on the highwayyyy


The book was dry and a waste of time the writer needs to do better smh I can’t believe people waste their time writing garbage I mean the author was a mistress and a homewreaker before she started writing I just wing support women like that sorry

This book made me fall in love with reading again. I was in a reading rut - not picking out books that I enjoyed and having little motivation to read. My friend said her favorite book is It Ends With Us. It’s now my favorite too. I cannot wait to read all of Colleen’s books!


Love this book so much. So hard to put down. Felt so real. You won’t be disappointed.

This is the first book I’ve read all the way through in at least 7 years. I’m not an avid reader but I couldn’t put it down! I didn’t want it to end. Absolutely amazing.


Such an amazing book, I couldn’t set it down

Really wish she thought about the relationship more but, it was good. Def recommend

This book sent me through so many emotions. I was happy then sad then relieved. The conclusion Lily came to was incredible.

literally got me obsessed with reading it’s amazing if your looking for a book get this one

Beautiful sad story be prepared to not stop reading, can’t wait for part 2

Woah .. interesting .. twist after twist ! Very long . My last book from her tho

One of my favorite books, and the sequel It Starts With Us is just as good. I highly recommend.

Oh my gosh. I couldn’t put this book down. Cried multiple times but oh so good

I’ve never been a reader and wouldn’t read unless it was an assignment when I was in school. This book made me never want to put it down!

If you liked 50 Shades of Gray or Twilight you will like this but if you are a reader who wants anything deeper, this is not the book for you.

Ok wow.

A must read! Only took three days to finish, which is fast for me. I just couldn’t put it down.

Had me in my feelings the whole time! Just keep swimming!

Must read!

This book is bittersweet and it is very well written. I do feel that it should have a trigger warning. It could potentially bring back awful suppressed feelings and memories for individuals who have been in domestic violence relationships, as it did for me.

Some reviews had me nervous. However being my first Colleen Hoover book, I am hooked! Excited to read it starts with us!! Read it!!

Gorgeous read!!

Hooked from the first page!

Loved the book, especially the ending!

To start off, i never read. i hated it in school. but i’ve heard so many good things about this book that i felt like i needed to find out for myself. this book is so beautiful. it is absolutely amazing. i’m so happy she released a second book to continue the story. can’t express how much i love this book. i finished it in 24 hours. amazing. already started on the second book 🥹

So I fist heard of this book from my friend and since we are both into the same things she thought I would like it. So she gifted it to me and I started reading but could stop!! overall u should read this book -damaris

I liked that this book gives you a new perspective on abusive relationships and makes your realize that’s it’s not as easy as people think to leave an abuser.

I couldn’t put this book down and cried a few times. Highly recommend!

The book was interesting from beginning to end. The plot, the characters would make you feel that you are in their thoughts and feelings. I’ll guarantee you that you’ll love it!

Ive been looking for a book that made me cry like I’m watching a movie… it makes me feel sadness but joy at the same time and I love that feeling for some reason😂 my favorite book of all time hands down

You will cry into your soup, fair warning

I haven’t read a book completely from front to back since I was 11 and I’m now 17 and this book grasped my attention from start to finish. I began reading the book with no clue of what the title meant and when I finished it, I understood everything it was trying to say. All I can say is how amazed I am on every chapter, every detail, every character. The reason I haven’t read any book completely from front to back is because I get bored so easily but this book motivates me to read and that is a huge compliment, can’t wait to read the sequel!

AHHHHHHHHH!!! Is all I got to say. My heart!!! ❤️😭

Oh my goodness! I have heard of so many amazing things about this book and people hyping it up so much. Many people were saying that it was an emotional roller coaster that they felt while reading this book. A lot of people mentioned that this book, along with “It Starts With Us” is like a therapy session. Let me say that I have never felt so much emotion while reading a book in my life. This book had me sad, angry, tense, happy, worried. I even gasped in some of these pages! I completely understand the hype around Colleen’s books and I’m so glad that I read this one. I am super excited to read “It Starts With Us”. I 100% recommend!

Worth the read!! I haven’t read a books in ages and this book definitely made me want to keep reading more.

One of the best books I’ve read in so long!! Made me smile, cry, be angry. By the time I reached the end I was so happy with the decisions made my lily. You are an amazing author!

What a love story. I was giddy the entire time reading it. The backstory of abusive relationships and the heartache from it was bone chilling. Is it too soon to read it again?

I laughed I cried I loved it.


Loved everything in this book! So exciting!

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About Colleen Hoover Wiki

Colleen Hoover (born December 11, 1979) is an American author who primarily writes novels in the romance and young adult fiction genres. She is best known for her 2016 romance novel It Ends with Us. Many of her works were self-published before being picked up by a publishing house. Hoover sold about 20 million books as of October 2022. Early and personal life Hoover was born on December 11, 1979, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to Vannoy Fite and Eddie Fennell. She grew up in Saltillo, Texas, and graduated from Saltillo High School in 1998. She married Heath Hoover in 2000, and they have three sons. Hoover graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce with a degree in social work. She worked various social work and teaching jobs until starting her career as an author. Career In November 2011, Hoover began writing her debut novel, Slammed, with no intention of getting published. She was inspired by a lyric, "decide what to be and go be it", from an Avett Brothers song, "Head Full of Doubt/Road Fu....

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