Title and Author:  It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Narrator:  Olivia Song

Published by:  Simon & Schuster

Format:  Audio

Genre:  NA, romance  

Order link: Amazon

Reviewed by:  Alisa

What to expect:  This is a unique book that tells a very raw and emotional story.

What it’s about: 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.

My take: I don’t normally read this author because her genre is not really my thing. I had been told by numerous people to try this though and I’m really glad I did. This is not a romance novel in my opinion. I would categorize this more as contemporary or women’s fiction. That being said there is love here, it’s just very complicated. I really don’t know what to say about this without divulging huge spoilers so I’m going to keep this short. I think the author did a fabulous job tackling a difficult subject. It’s a subject that will bring up a lot of emotions and opinions in the reader. It challenged me to see things a bit differently. The characters were well done and I was pleased to see that no one was made to be 100% the villain.  The way the story was done made my heart hurt for everyone involved in this situation. I think this book will make readers who haven’t experienced this kind of thing think about it in more detail and I hope that if there are readers who are currently experiencing this, that this story will help them to use the resources in the back of the book and to “just keep swimming.”  This book will end up on my Top 10 books of the year.  It was very powerful and I still think about it weeks after finishing it.

I really enjoyed the narrator for this book and I felt she did a great job.  She did a good job on the male characters as well as the female.  There are some very emotional scenes in this story and her narration only added to the emotional impact.  I will definitely look for more work by her.

What you might not like:  This book discusses a very serious subject matter and may contain triggers for some readers.  

What you’ll love:  If you’re like me and you love a book that impacts you emotionally then you’re going to love this.

treeAlisa runs the audio review column, Alisa Listens, at Binge on Books. She loves getting stuff done while she reads which makes audio perfect for her!

You can connect with Alisa on Twitter: @bookgirl0702


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