In January 2017, I got introduced to the New Adult genre and to Colleen Hoover by reading her book Ugly Love. That book was so disappointing that it even made me reluctant to pick up another book by Colleen Hoover or let alone in the new adult genre. Way too much sex. I decided to give this one a try since it was on Storytel, so no money wasted if it was not my thing again.
Trigger warnings: this book contains violence and abuse
Published by Atria Books on August 2, 2016
Also by this author: 9 november, Mijn belofte aan jou, Sterrenhemel, Too late, Sterrenregen
Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.
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.
Where to start? I didn’t know what to think of this book at first. The length of the chapters was not equal, so I was a little bit confused. Chapter 1 was a very long chapter, but the second was shorter et cetera. It took me a while before I got into the story. Why? I definitely am not used to this genre, so according to me, it took ages before we got to the point of the story. Maybe, this is part of new adult or just this book? I don’t know, since I have nothing to compare with.
The first chapter already raised some questions. What happened in Lily her youth. Who is Atlas? Throughout the story we slowly solve the puzzle. You keep hoping for Lily that she will find a man who loves her as much as she deserves and Ryle seems the perfect guy. However, he is very two-faced and here comes the trigger warning. The trigger will be introduced at around 50% of the story (around 2 hours and 30 minutes on 2.0 speed on Storytel) and will stick till the end. Or something like that. I can’t tell you exactly what and why, but please be aware of this when starting this book.
However, Colleen Hoover managed to write an inspiring story (no, not the trigger, but can’t say more). Of course I disagreed wit Lily’s actions, but after finishing this book, including Colleen’s note, I understood her better. It doesn’t mean that I agree, but I somehow understood it. And Ryle? You a**hole! I don’t understand his actions at all. And that sob story of yours? Nope, doesn’t make anything right dude. However, his sister Alyssa totally made up for Ryle. And Atlas? Nope, not saying anything. You have to find out for yourself 😉
My final conclusion of this book is that I got a wrong image of the new adult genre and that I will probably get to read more books within this genre. However, i will start slowly and then try some books with more sex scenes, because that was what scared me off at new adult in the first place.
What do you think of Lily’s actions in It Ends With Us?