By Samantha Gershuny
Our world has been greatly transformed due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 has been a year filled with many challenges for a plethora of reasons and finding things to enjoy has been crucial in coping with these challenging times. During quarantine, I challenged myself to find greater enjoyment in reading. I wanted to explore different genres and be able to connect to the characters and storyline. It Ends With Us is one book in particular that I couldn’t put down. Colleen Hoover, is the author of this astounding novel.
It Ends With Us, was the most breathtaking romance novel I have come across. Lily Bloom, the protagonist, has not had the easiest life. Growing up with an abusive father has left a lasting pain within her. She is strong, as she never lets her past take away from what the future has to offer. She went to college, moved to Boston, and eventually opened the flower shop she had always dreamed about. When Lily suddenly meets Ryle Kincaid, a neurosurgeon, on the rooftop of a building, she immediately falls in love, and her life seems to have reached its pinnacle. Lily is charmed by his sweet and sensitive nature, as well as the stubborn and strong side of his personality, but his “no dating” philosophy causes a dilemma. Lily sees a future between them; however, when Ryle’s sister, Alyssa, becomes both Lily’s co-worker and best friend, she warns Lily about her brother. She explains that her brother has broken the hearts of many girls, and doesn’t want her best friend to be yet another one of her brother’s victims. Lily becomes worried, but her immense love for Ryle negates any apprehension inspired by Alyssa. As their romantic journey continues, the two determine how to incorporate both of their wants and needs into their relationship. As time progresses, Ryle begins to show an abusive side of himself. His anger is suddenly revealed, and each time he causes a problem, he apologizes for what he has done. Lily promises to herself that she will not stay in an abusive relationship, as her mom had, but quickly learns how truly difficult it is to let someone go. As Lily continues facing this bumpy road, the perfect relationship she had built becomes threatened when someone unexpected returns from the past. Atlas Corrigan, her first love and protector, is working in Boston as a successful chef. Atlas was the one who helped Lily through her childhood when her mother was beaten by her father. He was always there for her, providing advice and solace. The new relationship between Ryle and Lily is now in jeopardy, as it seems Atlas has returned in Lily’s life for a significant and mysterious reason. Lily learns how to cope with the love she possesses for both Ryle and Atlas at the same time as she finds herself entangled in a complex love triangle. She learns how to love two people while catering to each of their own needs. Every page of this novel sparks excitement and questions.
It Ends With Us is a captivating romance novel that gives the reader a glimpse into the eventful life of Lily Bloom. It consists of heartbreaks, yet also hope. If you are like me, you will never get bored of Lily’s drama-filled reality, and what she endures and sacrifices to protect herself from what she fears the most in a relationship: abuse. I suggest picking up this novel and reading this engaging story to learn whom Lily chooses, and how her life plays out. This story is filled with life lessons. I have learned that no matter how strong a connection is between two individuals or how much love two people hold for each other, when something is hurting you immensely, it is time to let go. Thus, at the end of the novel, we are able to watch Lily begin to create a successful future for herself.