An Open Letter | It Ends With Us – Review

Omg, yes. A million times, yes.

Oh, Colleen. You forever have my heart.

It Ends With Us (1)

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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.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.


I had to sit on this a few days because I could not express how profoundly this book truly is. Even know, I’m having a hard time coming up with this review.

If you missed my last CoHo review, I blew up my Twitter talking about all the feels on Too Late. I was so much more invested with that one, but I still loved this one.

As another review said on Goodreads, “… this novel is not about romance. It’s about heartache”. I completely agree, Noel. Noel’s review got me thinking, and it finally gave me the break I needed to put this into words.

Dear A Special Woman,

You are beautiful, brave and bold. You are a tremendous woman, and I could not be more proud of you. “It takes an astronomical amount of pain and courage to disrupt a familiar pattern” (96%). There is no one like you.

I have been in your shoes. I know what that turmoil inside is, when you’re torn between loving your husband and staying, and knowing that what he is doing is wrong and leaving.

Anyone who puts their hands on your the wrong way is not proving to you that they deserve your love. Find someone who will cherish you, find someone who will treat you better than no one else, find someone who will never try to change you, but will help you find your place in the world. Find someone who makes you laugh, but who challenges you. Find someone who will never lift a hand in anger, but who will wipe away your tears.

I’m a hopeless romantic, whose dreams have been shattered. Just like yours. We found a way to rebuild ourselves, and a way to come to terms with what happened. We were strong when we needed to be. We took that initial step to break the cycle.

Someone once wrote, “All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses” (53%). We turned our mistakes into a story that we can share with the world. A story where, we did make a mistake, but the lesson formed once we broke the cycle.


A human who has been there

*I received a copy from NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.

This is a very different review, from the ones I usually write. There are no words to describe the beautifully written prose, other than exceptional.

I was a little worried that It Ends With Us would not live up to the hype. I was wrong!

In the beginning, there were certain things I didn’t like. But I can’t help but give it the rating I did. I love and admire everything about Lily, even her quirks. This book has a powerful message, one that many people can relate to.

It hits home, and hits all the feels. I can’t not love It Ends With Us.

I know this review didn’t tell you much, but man. This is my number one favorite book of 2016. It knocked The Lost Girls and Too Late out of place. (both links are to my reviews).


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  1. Avatar rantandraveaboutbooks says:

    Awesome book! I was a mess for days after reading it. I’m so glad you loved it. 🙂 I really like what you did here with the letter. Nice touch!

    1. Kendra Kendra says:

      Aww, thank you! I had no clue how to write this review. The letter just came to me. I knew I wanted to put a personal touch because I could relate to the content.

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