Book Buzz: It Ends With Us

I am a person who needs a book handy at all times. Hence, you will find one not just next to my bed, but also in the bathroom, in the side pocket of my car, and on the kitchen counter.

Audible has enabled this quirk of mine by offering hundreds of audiobook titles that I can listen to anywhere. This is especially nice when I’m in the car or out for a daily walk. I can get so wrapped up in a good tale that those 10,000 steps seem much less arduous.

The buzz over author Colleen Hoover’s latest novel, It Ends With Us, had intrigued me, so I eagerly downloaded it from Audible.

Romance, yes, But so much more. A complex story that takes on a harrowing subject with frankness and emotional depth, It Ends With Us is a novel that left me breathless even before getting winded by step #5849.

Book Buzz: It Ends With Us

Listening to It Ends With Us on Audible, I found my emotions running the gamut, and because I was moved from highs to lows over and over again, I may have unleashed a few expletives on my neighborhood jaunts. Hopefully I was out of earshot of the neighbors.

The narration bounces from 15 year-old Lily reading entries from her diary to the present day Lily. The younger Lily writes mostly about her relationship with Atlas, a boy from her school, and the older Lily brings us up to date 10 years later.

It Ends With Us

Adult Lily meets hunky Ryle in the most romantic of ways: on the roof deck of a Boston apartment building late one night, each one seeking an escape, with the stars and lights of the city twinkling above.

Lily, distraught after failing to deliver an appropriate eulogy at her father’s funeral that day, needs a refuge where she can be alone with her thoughts. Ryle, a brash neurosurgeon, has come up for air as well. At first she is annoyed that her space has been invaded, but as they strike up a conversation she starts to feel a spark. It lasts just a moment, and they go their separate ways.

My reaction: Meh. He sounded dreamy at first, but way too aggressive for my taste. If a man was that coarse with me I would be outta there. You’re well rid of him, Lily.

Some time later they run into each other and although Ryle has steadfastly opposed getting into a romantic relationship, he falls in love with Lily. Initially wary herself, Lily is deliriously happy.

My reaction: Dismay. Lily, this guy may be cute, but his quirks make me shudder. Like taking your pulse during sex to see how high your heartbeat will get? Gross.

Without giving the plot away, let’s just say that eventually Lily finds out in the most shocking of ways that there is another side to Ryle that rocks her physically and emotionally.

My reaction: Horror. Lily, girl, get away from that creep!

Out to dinner one night, Lily and Ryle run into Atlas, Lily’s boyfriend from long ago. Although she is in love with Ryle, Lily realizes that she still cares for Atlas as someone who once was so important to he.

Atlas can read Ryle like a book, and out of concern for Lily he wants to intercede, wants to tell her how this guy is wrong for her, but holds back.

Thus begins Lily’s personal struggle to justify being with a man whose behavior is reminiscent of her own father, the father whom she was unable to properly eulogize at his funeral. Her own experiences have taught her one thing, but now in the moment herself, she is vacillating between her love for Ryle and her own self-respect and survival.

This is a portrait of what happens in too many homes behind closed doors. The shame of the victim often shields the perpetrator from scrutiny until it is too late. As observers, we can be judgmental or sanctimonious, but we can’t truly understand the anguish of this situation unless we walk in the victim’s shoes.

Reading It Ends With Us will put you there. After the final sentence, which gave me goosebumps the author revealed what prompted her to write this story.

My reaction: Wow. Read this book!

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49 Thoughts on “Book Buzz: It Ends With Us

  1. I have never heard of Audible, but I guess I will give it a try! Especially since I get a month trial!

  2. I love audible books. I listen to them when I walk or just sitting outside in the garden. I will have to check out this book.

  3. Sounds like a cool concept. I prefer reading than listening to book though. xx corinne

    • hbludman on June 19, 2017 at 11:51 am said:

      I do too, Corinne, but listening is really nice when reading isn’t possible.

  4. I love your reaction to the book! You always know you’re in for a treat when some says WOW and it takes them on an emotional ride.

  5. Sounds like a great afternoon read. I do love a romantic story

  6. Eek, those are some interesting quirks. I will have to check them out to see if they have anything that catches my eye. I don’t usually listen to books but it may be nice on trips.

  7. I love a good thriller, and this sounds like a cracker, one to add to the to-read pile.

  8. I always need a book too. I read on a daily basis so I’m always looking for something new to read. I’ll add this one to my list.

  9. it ends with us sounds like a great book, Ill put it on my list! I love audible because I can be cooking or being at the park with my son and still enjoying a good book.

  10. I love that you have books everywhere in your personal spaces! I absolutely enjoy a good read, especially when I’m traveling. Your latest pick, It Ends With Us, sounds incredibly interesting. I love that you listened to it on Audible. What a great option! 🙂

  11. Ophelia Tang on June 16, 2017 at 2:02 am said:

    Sounds like a good read. I want to check it out asap. Thanks for sharing.
    XOXO //SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  12. Cristina Leau on June 16, 2017 at 2:57 am said:

    I understand you. I need a book with me as well. It’s hard sometimes to choose what to read. My husband is really good of picking the books for me. I will add this to my list and see how it is 🙂

  13. Leigh Anne Borders on June 16, 2017 at 8:15 am said:

    We love using Audible. I am quite amazed at just how real they are and how they transport you to a different place. Those commercials you see on tv for Audible are good!

  14. That’s pretty intense and it would be nice to see how the story ends. I hope it isn’t too late for Lily. I love audibles because they’re easy to take with you anywhere you go. It’s perfect when you’re waiting for your flight, trying to pass the time.

  15. This sounds just like the kind of book I’d like. Thanks for the suggestion and whereas I still prefer my paper book in my purse, audibles does sound very practical.

  16. I love Audible and the way you can take books everywhere you go.

  17. Once i tried an audio book and seems like I am not paying hundred percent attention to it. I guess I will try audible this time and good thing there is monthly trial to it.

    • hbludman on June 19, 2017 at 11:55 am said:

      You do have to focus, that is true. But there is always rewind if you need it. 🙂

  18. I feel like I would get so into listening to the story that I would fall flat on my face if I were walking! This would be great for a long flight.

  19. I love a good romance story, but I like a story that has a much richer storyline than the romance. Based on your review, it sounds like It Ends with Us does just that! I’ll add this one to my summer reading list.

  20. Karlyn cruz on June 17, 2017 at 1:33 am said:

    I love reading too! Especially about romantic. I am glad to read your post. 😊

  21. Wow. Hmm. I’m not into romance-at all-but I may have to check this out. I am a DV survivor and I’d like to see how it’s handled in this genre.

  22. Sounds like a great read. I have not been reading as much as I would like to. Interesting book.

  23. I love Colleen Hoover! I haven’t read this book yet though. I have a love/hate relationship with audio books. I am very particular when it comes to the narrator…that can make or break the book for me. And I am definitely one who always has a book…or several…going.

  24. Sounds intriguing. I love how you review the book with your personal insight

  25. It sounds like an intriguing read. It is strange that the the guy would check her pulse during sex. I like that you said that it is more than just a typical romance and that it has a proper good storyline x

    • hbludman on June 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm said:

      Yes, that was one of the things that made me dislike him. Weird, right?

  26. Super awesome! I’ve been wanting to try audible. This was a great review and has me intrigued about the book.

  27. Your review left me wanting for more. I am so intrigued with this book. I hope I find it in our local bookstore. Something I can read after China Rich Girlfriend!

  28. I have never used audible before but it sounds like a great way to get into a good book while still being able to do daily tasks! Thanks for the great tip!

  29. Elizabeth O on June 21, 2017 at 3:11 pm said:

    I love Audible too and have enjoyed many books as I take my walks in nature or busy myself in the yard. As an avid book reader, this is another great way to enjoy a book. It has made reading a joy again.

  30. I have never heard about them, this one looks so interesting I need to find it!

  31. I didn’t read everything because I didn’t want to spoil it. I love the title.

  32. Christine on June 26, 2017 at 8:45 pm said:

    This sounds like a great book! And audiobooks are great, especially on long car drives!

  33. I tried Audible when I was always at the gym – it’s weirdly satisfying going on the cross trainer and listening to some serious literature 😀
    Katja xxx
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