It Ends with Us

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover Book Summary

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).

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover Book Reviews

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- Obsessed5 star

Great book. I couldn’t put it down! This is a battle of what the heart wants type of book. First time reading this author and I’m hooked!

- best book I’ve read in a long time5 star

Just read it. Don’t think twice about it. I will say this, though. If you get overly attached to characters in a book, & feel things on a deeper level than most people, get ready to have major withdrawals from this book once you finish it. I am sitting here, wondering if I will ever be okay again.

- Absolute page-turner!5 star

I’m a big thriller fan, and I was introduced to this author by a reading suggestion of Verity from a book club/page. I decided to give this one a shot based on its reviews, and I absolutely loved it. I’m an avid reader, and this is in my Top 5 Ever, if not my number one. The storyline was so well developed, the characters were perfectly created, and I couldn’t put it down. I’ve never felt so torn over who to want the main character with! Excellent work.

- dear author , i love you so much5 star

this book is absolutely beautiful and i mean that in every possible way ever . i would do anything to read this book for the first time again , seriously one of the best books ive ever read <3333

- A little disappointed3 star

I loved the beginning of this book along with the character dynamics. However I found the plot quite predictable, I successfully predicted almost every major event in the book. The resolution felt empty and lacking.

- WORTH IT5 star

Could not put it down and read it within a day!

- Fantastic Read5 star

I could not put this book down! Great book.

- Relatable5 star

This book has made me cry five times throughout the span of 2 days in the last three/ four chapters alone. I relate to the entirety of the story at just 20 years old. I never thought I’d find another who shares the same story as me but it’s like closure reading about the characters; I’m not the only one to endure such heartache and heavy decisions without the interest of my own feelings. I enjoyed the book as much as I hated relating to it. By far one of my favorite happy endings.

- Wow5 star

I kept seeing this pop up on my tik tok and thought ‘why not!’. Boy I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I read this in two days, it was beautifully written! Still sobbing.

- Best Book Ever5 star

Raw and honest. My heart aches from all the truth behind this book but such a beautiful emotional and heart wrenching story. I finished it in a day I could not put it down. My gosh. If you are contemplating whether it’s worth your $12 it’s worth that and more you won’t regret this read one bit.HIGHLY RECCOMEND!

- I want my money and time back1 star

Awful book!!! Terrible story and ending. There was basically no good way to end this book. How does it have such good reviews?????

- WOW.5 star

this is one of the best books i’ve ever read. it’s completely heartbreaking but ends in a pretty satisfactory way. 11/10 recommend. wow.

- Best book ever5 star

Wow just WOW

- Amazing story!5 star

Great story about family, love and forgiveness!

- In love5 star

I love this book so much 🥺💕

- 10/10 â🙂5 star


- It ends with us!5 star

Great book!

- 10/105 star

Got me out of a reading slump, absolutely loved. 10/10 pulls on all the heart strings.

- Pleasant surprise.5 star

I enjoyed this book for a lot of reasons. It was good balance of romance, mystery and drama. I loved the characters as well. The first couple chapters I wasn’t sure where it was headed but it ended up being a really great story line so keep reading. I definitely plan on reading more from this author.

- Wow5 star

I haven’t read a book in years. I hate reading, I find it so hard to stay interested... but this book made me want to read more. I finished this book in 2 days. I couldn’t put it down. By far my favorite book. I was so sad when I finished it.

- Beautiful Story5 star

I truly understand victims of abuse so much better now. It was a brilliant way of explaining what they go through & why some choose to stay.


wow just wow

- Give it a chance5 star

A little slow to start but you’ll be finished with it before you know it!

- Heartbreakingly realistic5 star

This book will do things to you, make you feel so many different emotions, and just when you think you know what’s going to happen next...everything changes. I appreciate the fact that it’s a very realistic book that takes many real life aspects into account. The storyline is excellent and couldn’t have been better. While reading this, you start to take into account that people face stuff like this in real life and it makes you rethink the way you treat people. Some of the chapters however feel a little out of date, but for being published in 2016 I would say they are pretty good. If it were to have the attitude or tone that 2020-2021 set, the book would have been very different. Highly recommend, definitely worth the read!

- It ends with us2 star

Honestly. My friend hyped up this book so much for me to finally give in and buy it. The beginning was great! I loved how they introduced Ryle and Lily, but then it quickly started to become a Wattpad fan-fiction story. I’m glad she ended up with Atlas, but it wasn’t raw enough or mature enough for me. Some things felt so childish in the book and not like a 23 year old dating a 27 year old neurosurgeon.

- Couldn’t stop reading.5 star

I just finished this book and my emotions are all over the place (in a good way). The relationship between Ryle and Lily is raw, heartbreaking, and thrilling. The ending is not what I expected (and maybe I wanted a different outcome) but ends the story well and comes full-circle. 10/10.

- ILOVEIT5 star



I’m always looking for books I just don’t want to put down. Just read it. Trust me.

- Read5 star

Anyone that has a heartbeat just read this book

- I have to lie, I’m really impressed2 star

Just kind of a sad and boring book. The whole time reading it I just felt like I was watching a car crash in slow motion. Character development was subpar at best.

- Best. Book. Ever.5 star

Just read it. You don’t even need to know what it’s about. It’s amazing.

- LOVE5 star

SUCH a good book and it really shows you the raw truth of the world of love. Also I’m going to read it again and again and again just because of how beautiful this story is.

- Absolutely Incredible5 star

This book has shattered every part of my heart and somehow mended it all back together. I don’t know whether to cry or smile or scream, but whatever it is that I’m feeling, is a lot. Thank you for this, for this fleeting moment. I’m so lucky that books like this exist, sometimes you need the escape and this one? This one was perfect.

- Wow.5 star

I can’t begin to justly describe how great this book is. It is raw and real, and sexy and heartbreaking. Just SO good. Read it.

- It’s so sad5 star

I’m not someone who constantly reads, I’m not even sure when the time I even read a book let alone finished one. But I finished this book in 3 days! It was so good. There were so many emotions going on throughout the book and I absolutely loved the ending. 12/10 would recommend reading it!

- best book ever.5 star

Not how I expected the ending but there’s just no words to describe how good this book is.

- life changing5 star

this was one of the most powerful books i have ever read. it makes you realize what you deserve in your life. it is such a tragic yet beautiful love story/ love triangle. I read it in one day... i couldn’t put it down.

- Tears...5 star

This story moved me, wow. 💎 I cannot say enough wonderful things about this beautifully written sad and triumphant story. So much voice in the written words and so well told. Read this now!❤️

- Riveting. Emotinal. Raw. Digging deep.4 star

Lily’s love life had me on the edge of my seat through and through. The writing was absolutely fabulous. I guess I just felt like Lily could have attempted to get help for Ryle whether that be in the form of medication and/or therapy. Not only was he suffering from PTSD but probably has a real disorder. I feel there’s still such a stigma surrounding mental health. He’s a broken person who needs help. Especially before he’s able to be a fit dad. Maybe it would have saved them, too. Just something I thought could have been expanded upon. ❤️

- i loved this book and I literally don’t read5 star

trust me, it’s so hard to put down and i hate reading. It takes a lot for me to read an entire book. This is the only book i have finished in years.

- I love it. It felt real and raw.5 star

I read it in a day and could not put it down. I loved Atlas and wished he’d been in the story a touch more but other than that. It was pure perfection.

- Beautiful5 star

It’s beautiful. Deeply beautiful. Hits your heart and pulls the strings more and more as you get deeper into the book. I recommend it to everyone.


i never read and i saw this book from a tik tok (i know, right) and decided to actually give it a shot. i literally could not stop reading and normally i can never stay interested! Its a MUST read

- Wow5 star

Read. This. Book.

- Amazing4 star

I loved the diary entries, and I’m totally team Atlas all the way! I loved lily and atlas’s story together. Plus this story was beautifully written. Well done!

- Wow5 star

Might be my favorite book yet! What a whirl of emotions the entire time!

- Must Read5 star

I read this book in a day and could not put it down! This book made me feel so much that I can not even put in words. With that being said, I highly recommend this book!

- The ending..4 star

I loved the whole entire book until the last few chapters. It seemed so rushed like she was trying to end the story fast. Not condoning abusive relationships but definitely could’ve been better.

- Amazing 🤩5 star

This book was amazing!! I highly recommend it to anyone. She goes through her own mother’s experiences and understand her worth as a young adult. 100/10⭐️


I am very picky with books first of all, and I mean it when I say I couldn’t put it down. I went through so many emotions reading this book in a good way. Honestly this is my favorite book of all time. It was so well written and such a good plot. I teared up so many times and I seriously wish I could read this for the first time again just to experience it all over again!

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victoria155 - Good book5 star

I love it I love it I love it

**NC** - It ends with us.5 star

This is an amazing read! Highly recommend all of Colleen Hoover’s books. They grab you and don’t let go. I a, always sorry when they are finished.👍🏻

sadgirl143 - 10000/105 star

I cried though all of it, amazing and heart breaking with the perfect ending

Courtnney - Meh.2 star

This book is a no for me. I will say however, since this book deals with some pretty heavy subject matter, it is well written. I, myself, have never been in the situation Lily was in nor had the events that happened to her happen to me but I feel it was written very realistically. I believe all women would struggle with the choices she made etc.

Houuuuuuba - Great book5 star

Predictable but such a good read. Colleen let’s you imagine each character and feel them. You become so engulfed in their lives because of her writing. I loved this book!

[email protected][email protected] - WoW5 star

Absolutely wow just wow !! This story makes your emotion goes like roller coasters . That was the most beautiful saddest romance I’ve never read .

MJ500? - Great Book!5 star

Love the characters! Very emotional and sad - but also a good ending! Wished they all could be happy. They were all so in love with each other!

GorillaStar - Mind. Blown.5 star

This book got my emotions on a rollercoaster. One moment im happy and all giddy and excited but next im a sad and hurt. The characters were portrayed perfectly and it was easy to visualize the scene in my head.

MaggieTingley - It Ends With Us is a spectacular story about love, loss and reality5 star

Such a fantastic read! Keeps you on the edge of your seat, impossible to put down!

Gabulagoo - Captivating...5 star

It is beautifully told heartbreaking story. Couldnt put it away and really once again puts you right in the scene. Coleen, you exceeded expetations as always. Your beautiful mind is exeptional and reading your books is a transformation. Can not wait for more.

Hartin❤ - I fell in love5 star

Wow this is one of the most memorable books I have read to date. Colleen has done it again!! I am totally in love with Atlas, Lily and yes even Ryle. Such a heartbreaking, yet loving novel!!! Hats off to you Colleen 💙

Archl - Thank you5 star

This was beautifully written. Finished it in one night.

Stargazers11 - It ends with us5 star

Amazing story! The type of story that stays with you long after you've read it. Colleen Hoover you're an amazing writer. Your books are all good but this one is absolutely incredible!

Plouffe002 - It ends with us5 star

Unbelievable. Could not put this book down. Very touching. Colleen Hoover is an excellent writer!

Book Maniac Forever - A Memorable Story!5 star

I’d been waiting to read this book forever it seems. From the moment I knew Colleen was publishing a new book, I was already sold. Let’s face it, all of her books are incredible and unique. Before starting this read, I had absolutely no idea what was coming, and if you want a piece of advice, enter this book completely blind. It will help having a special experience. I won’t really enter into details about the story, because it’s best discovering every part pieces by pieces for it to be FELT. And, did I felt it? Absolutely, completely, irrevocably! It was a beautiful but heartbreaking tale about the strength it takes in life to face unexpected journey. The novel starts with light and funny feelings, but pages after pages it grows heavier until your choking on them. Reading It Ends With Us was a poignant experience, where I was struggling with the overflow of emotions coursing through me. I cried a lot and when I think about the book I can’t help but feel overwhelm by it. I read it in one sitting because I NEEDED to finally stop hurting and finally heal. The tears kept flowing, but I really couldn’t put it down. I was so invested in Lily’s story that I felt her hurricane of emotions. Still after a few days after, I can’t help having my eyes wet thinking about this memorable story of love, heartbreak, hope and mostly strength. This book will stay in my heart a long time. It was so real! So true! I’ll leave you with this quote that’s the most representative of the book for me. "There is no such thing as bad people. We're all just people who sometimes do bad things."

pink1doll - Suchanimportantstory5 star

What an unbelievable read!! I am still having trouble breathing! Amazing writing skills ... Colleen Hoover .... Congratulations!!! This is one of those books that will stay with you forever.... 5 stars plus!

Momof2teendaughters - It Ends With Us5 star

Wow...just wow! Such an incredibly moving and important story. I am going to make sure my girls read this. May they always be brave and bold.

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nads178 - INCREDIBLE5 star


Nayelis99 - Magnificent5 star

Absolutely magnificent, this book had me feeling every emotion out there I couldn’t put it down. Please read this book, that’s all I can honestly say. It’s got something for everyone who loves romance

Babymamaaaa - The Best!5 star

I absolutely loved this book! I couldn’t put it down!!!

Taylorlong - 10/105 star

It’s hard for me to get into romance books as easily now a days but this one really pulls you in and keeps you wanting more with how much is going on and how relatable the story line can be. would highly recommend!!!!!

_chughes - So Good!5 star

I literally could not put this book down! First romance novel I picked in years and I was not disappointed. It has become one of my favorite books in my collection! So many emotions and it’s so well written. Definitely a must read! You won’t be disappointed.

ilygurl - Loved for the most part5 star

There were quite a few cheesy/cringe parts, and it seemed like things were just falling into place. But it turned out to be so much more. Felt torn for Lily and was emotionally invested in the last 1/4 of the book.

Kait.Okk - UGH5 star

my HEART. i absolutely love this book with all of my being and wish there were more stories like this. My heart was and is torn on all the events. i love it :’)

pansidbekd sl - Speechless5 star

I have no words. One of the best.

Gab3405 - A Raw But Amazing Book5 star

This book was something else.. when I first started reading it I had no idea what to expect as much as I would like to say there was a lot of plot twists I kind of saw them coming and I am glad I did. I really enjoyed this book it really shines light on these types of relationships and is a little bit of a tear jerker. Though I wish we saw a little more of Lily and Atlas I still liked the ending it’s the type of ending that allows you to imagine what you think happens next, and I can happily say in my own ending Lily and Altas finally get their happy ending once and for all because they finally reached the shore :)

Cskemp - Wow!5 star

I wasn’t expecting to love this book but I did so much! It was real and raw and told an unfortunate story of two superheroes making their way back to each other. I won’t soon forget these characters.

schman02 - Could not put this book down!5 star

This was the first book I have read in months, and I could have finished it in a day if I didn’t have other responsibilities! Instead every free opportunity I had I picked it up and finished in a couple days! So good!

tan&boujee - Fifteen seconds.5 star

This book broke my heart in ways I can’t explain. It’s beautiful. The way it’s written really puts you through the wringer. All it takes is fifteen seconds for your entire perception to change entirely. I’ve never read a book that was truly able to express that idea. CoHo strikes again. Read this if you get a chance.


really good! only thing is my heart broke for ryle in the end i feel like he deserved a second chance. he would eventually learn how to control himself and you can tell he would do anything for lily and emmy. also i absolutely love atlas. that’s it i love him.

lj lilo - Loveee5 star

Absolutely love this book with all my heart and I sobbed many times. Atlas is such a great character with some trauma but has such a good heart. I’m glad I found a happy ending

$(maygen)& - Skip this one1 star

The ending was unsatisfying. Not worth the price. I read it in less than a day

MikeJ12 - Great book5 star

I love Colleen Hoover! Every single book she writes is great and I could not put this one or any other one down!

ms. wipp - Amazing!5 star

I could not put this book down!!!! Definitely recommend!


This book was great! I loved every bit of it. I’ve read a lot of books this year and this is in my top 5! Love the character development and the message

bookwormtxgirl - Wow5 star

This book was amazing!! I wish there was a second part!! I can’t wait to read more books from this author

j_mac8080 - Sooooo Good!!!!5 star

Wow! Just wow!!! I laughed, I cried.....Wow! Such an awesome story of love, hurt and second chances.

awsxdrfcvgq - Loved this book!5 star

This was a “kept me up reading all night” book! As a child, I grew up watching my parents have violent, abusive fights that scared me and destroyed my sense of “safe”. So, this reading was difficult at times but, also enlightening in some ways. I wish my mom had read this book many, many years ago!

Ljb6 - I really enjoyed this book5 star

I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author soon. The author did a great job allowing me to feel a glimpse of the struggle that Lily and other women go through. I found myself struggling with how I wanted the story to end.

truic - A must read!5 star

So unexpected, so necessary.

mthao4 - Just WOW5 star

I can’t even explain how this book makes me feel. Haven’t read a book this good in a while. Wish it was a series cause I can’t get enough.

Moonstone_91 - Made me laugh and cry5 star

I can’t get over this book! I just loved it, it takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions. It all feels so real, as if you were living it too. That’s what good books make you feel

Carynw716 - It Ends With Us5 star

I don’t normally write book reviews but this book stayed with me after reading it. Powerful story with a powerful message.

AlisonSantosSPO - Wonderful and deeply moving5 star

This was the best book I’ve read in awhile. Complex, emotional and also light at the right times. Very skilled author. Buy it.

Library Lady 11 - It Ends With Us5 star

I loved this book. I didn’t want to put it down. It was so entertaining.

laishaa.h - WORTH THE READ5 star

This book was beautifully written I could not put it down!! I still have tears from the ending

BayB K - A teenager love story3 star


Darlet271 - Wow5 star

It’s a book I needed to read. It’s a book you need to read.

Anniegrrrr - Loved it!5 star

What a fun and horrible ride! I felt the love, the fear and the realty of this story in my soul. Thank you for bringing this situation to light.

Madsgal - Well Written5 star

Definitely well written. The story really hits the ground running, and I really like that. A lot of books are boring in the beginning and then hit there stride a couple chapters in. Not this one. Grabs hold and doesn’t let go. Read this inside of three days. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

AppleUser865421 - My Favorite Book!5 star

Love this book so much, I’ve read it multiple time! Such great messages all throughout on multiple issues/situations. This book really gives you a new perspective on the world and forces you to pay attention. I do wish we got a small side book on Lily’s future life but this book is a must read.

m.cabriales - Loved it5 star

Honestly I love this book so much. Although I pretty much knew where this would end, I was given unexpected turns. Such a great read!!! Love, love, LOVE this writers writing style! I can literally picture every scene, every moment, it’s amazing! Definitely recommend!

fleurfatale - Phenomenal5 star

I truly just loved this book and if you haven’t already read it !

Charmedisa - Amazing5 star

Exceptional book. Has a great message. Wonderful ending. I’m so glad I read it.

Adri<3reading - Wish there was more5 star

I read this book in 2 days. I needed to know what happened next. I loved the storyline and the character development. The ending was not typical and clean cut which I loved. I wish there was more. Second book??? 🤞🏼

yuhhbaby - Amazing book !!5 star

Honestly this is my favorite book it’s so detailed ahh I finished reading this less then a week! It has so much meaning and lessons !

Cp_Barraza - Amazing Book!!!5 star

I loved this book. It’s amazing how you can love and hate the same characters. I finished in two days!! I’m still thinking about this book.

jaaaaacq - Couldn’t put this down5 star

I read this in one day. Absolutely mind blowing and incredibly written.

mojopanda - One of the Greatest Books I’ve Read5 star

I finished this book so quick because I couldn’t put it down. It’s so well written and story is great. I started another book by a different author and I still can’t get this book out of my mind. Must read!

lucicaM - 😇😇5 star

It’s heaven

yelicortezz - Amazing!!!5 star

Honestly this book was amazing! I finished it in two days. This book made me so emotional, happy, and so many other emotions. It’s crazy how you really love a character than hate them and then feel sorry for them. The ending was beautiful. I wished there was a second book. I would say a must read!

Grace-E-T - Interesting, but not well executed.2 star

I’ll start off with I’m not a writer, nor do I claim to be. I’ve read a lot of books similar to this style but I found myself lost due to what felt like “missing” sections. Sectional felt unfinished and rushed, it cut characters short. With the meaning of this book to the author and the importance of the subject matter it could of used another few hundred pages. Digging deeper into the relationships and subject matters would of done it justice. Characters were brought into the story work a lot of potential and then just disappeared.

Haters say it fake - It Ends With Us5 star

I read the reviews for this book before I decided to purchase it. It was the best $10 I’ve ever spent!! I read this book in two days between games of my son travel ball tournament one weekend. I didn’t want to put it down. I have read almost all of Colleen Hoover’s books, but by far this is my absolute favorite. She was very brave to write this story. If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. I related to this book because my father abused my mother when I was growing up. She finally left him when me and my twin sister turned 12 but then remarried him a year later. Of course it was the same but she stayed with him until we graduated and she divorced him for the last time. She’s been happy ever since. Thank you Colleen for writing such a beautiful and heartbreaking book.

JayM2Z - Great read!5 star

Loved this book. Couldn’t put it down!

RileyCos - Read it in two days — incredible!!5 star

This was my first Colleen Hoover book and I can’t say enough good things about it. I’d give it ten stars if I could. So well done. SO WELL DONE! I will be recommending to everyone I know.

#OldTay4Life - Best book ever! Hands down!5 star

This book is one of my absolute favorites. It is truly a heart wrenching book and I never wanted to put it down! Please don’t hesitate to read this book! You will not regret it! ❤️❤️

JennaVal - Wow.. just wow5 star

Such a beautiful, heart wrenching, powerful, unforgettable book. I cannot wait to read more books from Colleen Hoover. Wow.. I don’t have words

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Colleen Hoover (born December 11, 1979) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels and five novellas. Hoover's novels fall into the New Adult and young adult categories.Hoover published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012. Since then, all of her full-length novels have become New York Times Best Sellers.Colleen Hoover has appeared on ABC News Nightline and CBS This Morning Early life and career Colleen Hoover was born December 11, 1979 in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to Vannoy Fite and Eddie Fennell. She grew up in Saltillo, TX, and graduated from Saltillo High School in 1998. In 2000, she married Heath Hoover, with whom she now has three sons. Hoover graduated from Texa...

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