Is “It Ends With Us” Worth The Hype?


It Ends With Us by Coleen Hoover book cover

Katelyn Weber, Staff Reporter


“It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover is by far one of the most popular BookTok books ever. #BookTok has 34.2B views and #itendswithus has 326k million views. “It Ends With Us” is an emotional roller coaster between the characters and their feelings toward each other. It’s filled with sadness, happiness, heartbreak, domestic abuse, and romance. So many BookTokers recommend reading this book because it opens eyes about domestic abuse and how hard it is to get out of a situation like that. But is it really worth the hype? This book does have inappropriate scenes so, if you are going to read it and are not over the age of 16, read it with caution. 

The book starts with Lily Bloom, 23, a college graduate living in the heart of Boston, Massasschusetts, right after giving a eulogy at her father’s funeral 12 hours ago. Lily did not like her father one bit because he abused both her and her mom. The book starts when Lily meets her love interest Ryle Kincaid. He’s a neurosurgeon and a ladies man. Their relationship starts off as a one time meeting at the roof top of Ryle’s apartment, then later progresses into Ryle hurting Lily. During Lily and Ryle’s relationship, Atlas Corrigan, Lily’s first love, shows up and “ruins” everything. Lily is stuck between her first love and now her new love, but Ryle doesn’t trust her so he takes out his anger. After the first incident, Lily thought it would never happen again. Then the second one happened and she thought, “He loves me, he will never do it again.” After the third incident, she knew she had to leave him. 

“It Ends With Us” truly did break me because Colleen made the readers fall in love with Lily and Ryle’s relationship, and also her and Atlas’. Once the first incident happened we felt what Lily felt, heartbroken. The book opens eyes on domestic abuse and how hard it is to leave someone you love, despite their abuse. “Just because someone hurts you doesn’t mean you can simply stop loving them. It’s not a person’s actions that hurt the most. It’s the love. If there was no love attached to the action, the pain would be a little easier to bear.” This quote really does show us readers that when your abuser is the one who you love and you think that they love you, it’s hard to get out of the situation. 

I really enjoyed this book. The way Colleen writes just pulls you in from the beginning and doesn’t let you put the book down. I definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. My honest review is that it is definitely over-hyped as a romantic book, when it really is about Lily and what she goes through in her abusive relationship. I could talk about this book for hours on end, so if you have read it before and want to talk about it leave a comment below.