The story of Lily and Atlas is told in this novel Us by Colleen Hoover, which is a novel that tells their story. Both of them are members of a support group for persons who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
From there, their relationship develops into something beautiful and special. What makes this book so unique is the way it tackles difficult topics like domestic violence and addiction. If you’re looking for a powerful and emotional read, then be sure to check out It Ends With Us, and here is our It Ends With Us review.
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What is the book about
The novel follows the story of Lily Bloom as she navigates the ups and downs of first love, heartbreak, and self-discovery. Lily is a young woman trying to find her way in life. She has just moved to Boston to start her new life and works as a florist.
When she first meets Atlas Corrigan, she believes that she has at long last found the one. However, as their relationship starts to unravel, Lily is forced to confront the dark secrets from her past that have been holding her back. It is a tale about love, loss, and the process of healing that is both strong and moving.
The novel starts with Lily on a rooftop. After attending the burial for her father, she is trying to collect her thoughts. Lily meets Ryle Kincaid, a doctor who lives in the building. They have chemistry but realize that they want different things in relationships.
Ryle only wants a casual relationship, while Lily wants a committed relationship. They part ways, but six months later, they meet again. Lily hires Allysa Kincaid, Ryle’s sister, to work at her flower shop. The more they are around each other, the more they want each other until Ryle decides to try a relationship with Lily even though he doesn’t want one.
Throughout this time, Lily has been thinking about her past. She misses the closure she never got after her father, abusive towards her mother, died. She does this by reading her old journals from when she was 15 years old. Back then, she met a homeless boy named Atlas Corrigan.
He was 18 years old and did not have a family or a home of his own. Lily felt sorry for him and decided to help him. They became close friends, and he supported her through what happened when she saw her father abusing her mother. These days, Lily finds herself wondering whether or not she isn’t also trying to find closure with Atlas.
The relationship between Lily and Ryle seems to be ideal in every way. As they spend more time with one another and become more involved in the lives of one another, their feelings for one another can only deepen and intensify. In recent months, Lily and Allysa have become the best of friends, and Ryle has made the acquaintance of Lily’s mother.
Lily unexpectedly bumps into Atlas one evening while she is eating supper with Ryle and her mother. She hasn’t seen him in nine years, but she is relieved to hear that he appears to be in good health.
However, she feels hurt at a distance between them. Ultimately, she tells herself that this is the closure she sought. The enjoyment that Lily and Ryle had together is cut short, however, when one night he lashes out in a fit of wrath and hurts her.
Afterward, Ryle apologizes to Lily. Lily is confused and hurt by what happened. Ryle swears that he is not like Lily’s father, who she has told him about. Lily warns Ryle that she will leave him if this behaviour continues, and she reassures herself that Ryle is not like her biological father. They both make their feelings for one another clear by expressing their affection.
The following day, Lily, Ryle, Allysa, and Marshall go to the restaurant where Lily previously saw Atlas and have lunch there. Atlas correctly deduces that Ryle is responsible for Lily’s injury after observing both her and Ryle’s bandaged hands and coming to the conclusion that Ryle assaulted Lily.
It ends with us is a story about Lily. The story follows Lily’s life as she sets up her flower business. She meets two men, Ryle and Atlas. We see how her relationships with these two men develop over time.
I was pulled in from the very first page of this story. The way that Hoover wrote drew me in and kept me interested right up until the very end. This book has a powerful message about domestic abuse. Her mother was a victim of abuse at the hands of Lily’s father, and she was unable to get away from him until he passed away.
It is essential that prospective readers are aware that spousal violence plays a significant role in the narrative before they pick up this book. This difficult topic is covered in a very mature and intelligent way.
The point being made here is that not everyone experiences the same progression and manifestations of this form of abuse in the same way. However, the most important parts are recognizing the signs and being strong enough to recognize them.
You are going to go through a wide range of feelings while reading this book. You’ll feel happy one minute, then depressed the next, and everything in between. You might be scared at some points and then relieved later on.
It Ends With Us Characters Review
You need to care about the characters in a book to make the reader feel what the author wants them to feel. Lily and Ryle are believable, and their relationship is based on passion and need. Their interactions are honest and show their true emotions.
Because of these two wonderful protagonists, some parts of the plot are quite difficult to follow. You might find yourself wishing Hoover had written things in a different way. On the other hand, they will compel you to go through emotional upheavals that are analogous to those that people in these types of relationships go through in real life.
Hoover mentions this in her comments at the end of the book; she admits that there were times when she wished she could eliminate sad sections and write something more upbeat, but she eventually came to the conclusion that this wouldn’t be realistic.
I decreased the score by half a point because I felt that Alyssa, a huge positive for Lily’s life, was too perfect. This doesn’t bother me in the least. I really liked her as a character, and I can appreciate her upbeat attitude. Her husband has a successful business and doesn’t need to work, but she has the opportunity to live the life of her dreams by working at the flower store owned by her closest friend.
What makes it unique
What makes this novel so unique is its honest portrayal of relationships and the events that can tear them apart. While many novels focus on the “happily ever after,” It shines a light on the darker aspects of love and what it means to be selfless. In a world where heartbreak is common, It Ends With Us offers readers a relatable and hopeful story about healing, moving forward, and finding happiness again.
Final thoughts on the book
This book is a moving, thought-provoking novel about love, abuse, and healing. It is a really important narrative that needs to be told, despite the fact that it may be challenging to read. If you’re looking for a book that will make you think, feel, and maybe even shed a few tears, this one is for you.
I recommend it to anyone who wants to read a well-written book with complex characters and an important message. After you’ve completed reading this book, its influence will linger on you for a very long time. Hoover has created something special with It ends with us. Lily’s story needs to be heard.