“It Ends With Us”


Colleen Hoover’s “It Ends With Us.” tells the story of a young woman who struggles to break the cycle of abuse and has to rise to create a safe life for her and her child.

By Alliesner Lopez-Mendoza, Staff Writer

It Ends with Us is a book written by Colleen Hoover. Although the book was released in 2016, the book went viral in 2020 on Tiktok during the pandemic. Many people were bored and had a lot of time to spend. #BookTok began to trend and this book caught a lot of attention.  

   This book is important to Colleen because she wrote it based off her mother’s life. In a video posted to YouTube, she said that she wrote this to spread awareness of being in a harmful relationship.  

   This book is important to me because it was the book that got me back into reading. It is very interesting with a great plot twist that will leave you wanting to read more.  


  It Ends with Us is a story about a woman named Lily Bloom who grew up in small town Maine.  When she graduates from college, she moves to Boston to start her business where she meets some interesting people and finally feels her life finally coming together. She meets an amazing guy named Ryle who she starts developing feelings for. Her best friend is Allysa, who happens to be Ryle’s sister  

    Lily finally is able to open up the flower shop of her dreams. But just when life seems to be coming together, Lily deals with some challenges coming her way. Her relationship with Ryle seems like a fairytale at first, but over time proceeds to get worse.  

   Lily grew up in a household where her father used to domestically abuse her mother. Lily made a promise to herself when she was young that she would never allow herself to stay in a relationship like her parents.  

   Although Ryle and Lily’s relationship starts off great, there were small incidents that made Lily question her relationship. Ryle is a neurosurgeon and his steady hands are important to his job.  

   One evening Lily and Ryle had been drinking while making dinner and Ryle makes the mistake of taking out the tray from the oven without a glove. Lily starts laughing when Ryle drops the tray from how hot it was. In response, he shoves her, and she hits her head against a cabinet door.  

    After that incident, Lily knows she shouldn’t stay with Ryle but does so anyways. Their relationship starts to go south when a ghost from her past comes back into her life. Atlas, her first love from back in Maine, runs into Lily and Ryle when they were out for dinner. Ryle doesn’t like the idea of Lily and Atlas reconnecting because he fears that Lily will want to go back to Atlas.   

   One night, Ryle finds Atlas’s number in Lily’s phone. He is jealous and upset and leaves. Lily chases after him to explain herself. Ryle is so full of anger, he pushes her down the stairs. Lily is unconscious for a few minutes, and when she gains her consciousness back, he tells her she had fallen down the stairs.  

    Lily can’t take any more of the abuse so one night, desperate to get away, she goes to Atlas’s house. Atlas takes her to the hospital to get a check-up where she finds out she is pregnant. Lily decides to keep the baby but no longer wants to be married to Ryle.  

    The book ends with Lily having her baby girl but she doesn’t end up with either guy. Her main focus is for her daughter and her flower shop.  

    This book means a lot to me. This book was the book that helped me finally get back into reading. I had been going through a reading slump for about 2 years, and every time I picked up a book to read it, I couldn’t get through 10 pages without getting bored and moving on. When I saw how many people loved this book and how it changed/ affected so many, I decided that I should give it a try, and what can I say? I fell in love with this book.  

    The way the book is written, the characters, the storyline—it was all just amazing. The way Colleen wrote this book makes you feel like you were in this story. As if you were Lily and could feel every emotion she felt. Although this part in particular didn’t relate to me, many found comfort in how Lily defends herself and is able to stand up and get out of an abusive relationship.  

    This book is important to Colleen Hoover because it’s a book based off the relationship her mother and father had. She described this book as “the hardest book I’ve ever written”.  

   This book made a big impact in Colleen’s life. It was the book to make her name well known.  She has a few other amazing books that I went on to read like Reminders of Him, Ugly Love, Verity, etc.  

   Colleen has a true talent when writing about romance and difficulties that people deal with on a day to day basis. All her books tell a different story. And every story is unique and well written in it own way.