It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
MY GOODREADS REVIEW
MY RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS
Romance, Contemporary fiction
SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE 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, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. 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. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price. This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.
Well it's official. My heart has been hoovered. That is to say, sucked out of my chest into a dark place where we would prefer not to look at the dirt. I looooooved this book and I'm sure there are thousands, if not millions of women who will look at the grime clinging to their own hearts as they identify with the havoc that physical abuse wreaks. Hoover has done a masterful job of exposing the reasoning and rationalizations of a woman abused. But she also paints a picture of hope on the other side of gut-wrenching choices and the journey to finding yourself again. The flesh wounds heal but the scars remain. It's how you wear the scars that defines you. A must-read for anyone who has suffered abuse at the hands of a loved one and for those who have always questioned why the victims stay.