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Author: Colleen Hoover Narrator: Olivia Song Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781508212690

Plot Summary

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover initially follows a love story that quickly takes a dark, dangerous turn. The story is told from the perspective of Lily Bloom, and entails her intense attraction for Ryle Kincaid, a neurosurgeon who, at first, doesn’t care for more than a one-night stand with Lily as he is too focused on his career for a relationship. However, he gives in to his love for Lily and the couple begins a relationship together. Lily quickly learns that their relationship is becoming a mirror of the abusive relationship between her father and mother. Her father, who died at the beginning of the story, abused Lily’s mother throughout her entire childhood.

The novel primarily focuses on the theme of breaking the cycle of abuse. The motif and mirror of the two abusive relationships are foreshadowed when Lily first meets Ryle, and he is in a fit of rage, kicking a chair. It reminds her of her abusive father. Lily makes the connection again later when Ryle hurts her during their relationship. However, Lily struggles to come to terms with the fact that the people who love us most can still hurt us. Although, Hoover clarifies that this is not true love. It isn’t until she falls pregnant with Ryle’s child that she recognises she needs to step away from the relationship and raise her child away from an abusive environment. Breaking generational cycles of trauma is a popular topic of conversation amongst millennials and generation Z today, who have recognized the trauma and abuse cycles of previous generations and have taken responsibility to heal. There has been a rise in mental health acceptance amongst younger generations, and many seek therapy. Social media and influencers have even been notorious for spreading resources and places people can seek help.

It Ends with Us begins as a love story, but soon becomes an examination of what love is and isn’t. The understanding and empathy Hoover evokes for abusive survivors is done so sensitively, without judgement. The story highlights a powerful message about the importance of making hard decisions and the courage we must find within ourselves to face such choices. I suspect many will resonate with this story and the characters.

{ "I really enjoyed It Ends with Us. Hoover does a fantastic job of telling a complicated story in a way that's easy to follow. The characters are well-developed and believable, and I found myself feeling invested in their story. The audiobook is narrated by Olivia Song and she does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life. Overall, I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone looking for an emotionally charged read." Kris R. (5 out of 5 stars) }

Publisher Summary

Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

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, 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.

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Quotes

  • “What a glorious and touching read, a forever keeper. The kind of book that gets handed down.”

    - USA Today
  • “Fans of Hoover’s emotional stories, conflicted characters and intense romances will gleefully devour her new novel…Readers will love and respect protagonist Lily and learn something from her struggles.”

    -  RT Book Reviews (4 starred review)
  • “Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Colleen Hoover reminds readers that love is a fragile thing, built from courage, hope, and tears. Every person with a heartbeat should read this book.”

    - Kami Garcia, New York Times bestselling author
  • "It Ends with Us isn’t an ordinary love story. It will break your heart while filling you with hope, and by the end of this gripping, pulse-pounding novel, you’ll be smiling through your tears.”

    - Sarah Pekkanen, New York Times bestselling author

Awards

  • A New York Times Bestseller in Audio
  • A #1 Amazon bestseller

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    " It Ends with Us”, is a twisted story of life, love and sadly, reality for many people. It tells the story of Lilly, who has witnessed her father abuse her mother her entire life and then, the abuse she endures at the hands of her husband, Ryle. First off, who names main characters Ryle and Atlas? The story takes readers through the highs of real love and the lows of domestic abuse and rape. I found myself wondering who would return to that? And also, why would you allow your child to be alone with that monster? But sadly, this is really for lots of people. The story seemed a little contrived with handsome neurosurgeon, successful chef, successful business, but, all in all, I thought the author made some valid points about why people stay in abusive relationships. "

    - Julie, 5/17/2022

About the Author

Colleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of several series of romance novels, mysteries, and romantic suspense. For more information, visit ColleenHoover.com.

About the Narrator

Olivia Song is an audiobook narrator whose work includes Better When He’s Bold and Until Friday Night.