ARC Review + Giveaway: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Posted August 1, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 21 Comments

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ARC Review + Giveaway: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
It Ends with Us
by Colleen Hoover

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: August 2nd 2016
Published by Atria Books
Format: eARC
 

Recommended Read!

“IT ENDS WITH US completely wrecked me…..This is not an easy book to read, but it’s an experience I highly recommend.”
~ Under the Covers

I’ll be the first to admit that, while I have enjoyed Colleen Hoover’s work in the past, the last few books haven’t quite hit the mark for me.  Not in the same way as her earlier ones.  Some were better than others for sure, but they were lacking that magic I experienced with HOPELESS and SLAMMED.  I picked up IT ENDS WITH US expecting more of that, and boy, was I wrong!  The blurb couldn’t have prepared me for the emotional onslaught these pages packed.  And then all of Ms. Hoover’s social media references to giving her all our tears made sense to me.  Because I gave them all to her!

IT ENDS WITH US completely wrecked me.  The first 35% I kept thinking this is all too cute and sweet, what’s going to happen.  And once you figure out where this is going (and the title then clicked for me) my heart started breaking.  And I don’t think it ever recovered until the very last few pages.

It’s easy to see that this was an emotional book to write because that gut wrenching experience came through vividly for the reader.  This was even clearer after reading Ms. Hoover’s note in the end.  And then more tears were shed.

I think what I can appreciate the most about this book is how it made me think.  There are many subjects we all think we know better and we know what we should and would do if confronted with those situations.  But we often don’t put ourselves in the shoes of the person going through it.  The fact that this book made me rethink that, and even question what would’ve been a given decision at certain points was eye opening for me.  And it definitely made me have a new appreciation for the strength required to overcome those situations.

This is Colleen Hoover’s best work in a really long time!  I would say best ever, but I wish the beginning would’ve gripped me more.  One thing is for sure.  Once it did, it didn’t let my heart go.  It put it through the wringer and left it in a million pieces on the floor.  This is not an easy book to read, but it’s an experience I highly recommend.

I know I’m being terribly vague, but I don’t want to spoil the book for you.  You may have the misconception from the blurb that this might be a love triangle.  So I’ll just clarify one thing.  It’s really isn’t, and there’s an explanation for that.  It is a story about second chances.  And there is no cheating.  Hopefully that clears enough hang ups you may have.  But just know this one thing.  This book is touching, it’s hard, it’s emotional, it’s heartbreaking, it’s deep, and it’s very human.  And after all that heartache there’s a happily ever after I could be excited for and made me smile.  I have to say thank you to Ms. Hoover for opening up her heart with all of us and sharing this story.  Now that I’ve finished writing this, I feel like I need a few minutes to go quietly cry in a corner and put my heart back together.

Favorite quote:

“There is no such thing as bad people.  We’re all jut people who sometimes do bad things.”

Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen seconds that we’ll never get back. spacer

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About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels and five novellas. Hoover’s novels fall into the New Adult and Young Adult contemporary romance categories.

Hoover published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012. It debuted at #5 on the New York Times. Since then, all her eligible works have become New York Times best sellers.

Colleen Hoover is published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. Colleen also has several self-published titles.

In 2013, Colleen’s third novel, Hopeless, was the first self-published novel to reach #1 on The New York Times, where it remained for several weeks. Hopeless went on to become one of the top 20 bestselling ebooks of 2013.

In 2015, Colleen’s novel CONFESS won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance. That was followed up in 2016 with her latest title, It Ends With Us, also winning the Choice Award for Best Romance. In 2017, her title WITHOUT MERIT won best romance.

Her novel CONFESS has been filmed as a series by Awestruck and is available on Go90.com. Katie Leclerc and Ryan Cooper star in the series.

Colleen founded The Bookworm Box, a charity subscription service and bookstore, with her family in 2015. The Bookworm Box is a subscription service that provides readers with an exciting opportunity to receive signed novels in the mail each month from authors all over the world. All profits from the subscription service are donated to various charities each month. To date, The Bookworm Box has donated over $1,000,000 to help those in need.

Colleen’s next release is All Your Perfects, a contemporary romance novel due to release through Atria Books in July, 2018

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I have read reviews and seen this book enough that I’m intrigued

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I know! It’s everywhere!

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Sounds good, thanks for the review.

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Nancy Jones

Sounds like a great read.

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Thus sounds amazing? Thanks for the review!

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Ugh. Phone.

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You totally sold me on this…thanks for the review Francesca

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Come visit me in the corner sobbing and rocking after I read….I am sure I will me a hot mess. Thanks for the awesome review. Love it!

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I’m sure we will be there together *pats Trish’s back*

Milena
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Milena

This book sounds awesome! Thank you for the giveaway

Lisa Richards
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Lisa Richards

I thought I wanted to read this but I hate to read one that makes me cry ugly

Kim Perry
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Kim Perry

Great review!! I can’t wait for this to go live!

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Texas Book Lover

Ugh…I’m going to need to read this on a weekend when I hadn’t no other plans.

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Love the quotes provided with the review. Thanks for the clarification and insight about this book.

Patti (@TheLoveJunkee)
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Patti (@TheLoveJunkee)

I tried to get a copy of It Ends With Us at ALA but it was so popular it was gone in seconds! Can’t wait to read it.

Jolanda L
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Jolanda L

Great review! Thank you!

Mirlou
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This book sounds awesome! I can’t wait to read it.
Thank you for the giveaway

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Nothing came easy for Harper. I could feel her struggle and even relate to it when it came to coming up with blog posts . Sometimes, I get so blocked when writing a review and it s really frustrating. Reading about Harper having the same difficulties made me realize that people who work at magazines go through the same struggle, and it s possibly worse, since they also have to experiment things.

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