Melinda Gale

Real Life In Raleigh

REAL LIFE IN RALEIGH 

Read: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

One of my main concerns when I started my new job was that I had zero free time. This means my "to read" stack just kept growing and growing. Now that I find myself funemployed, I have all the time in the world to dive into a few new books. Funemployment couldn't have come at a better time because one of my favorite writers, Colleen Hoover, just released her latest novel, It Ends With Us.


Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. 

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.


While I love everything that Colleen has ever written, It Ends With Us felt more real to me any of the other novels. Lily is "brave and bold", something so many female characters aren't in books like this. She stands her ground. I don't want to give away any of the book BUT this was absolutely a story that needed to be told and touches on issues that very much need to be addressed.

I was lucky enough to attend Colleen's book signing last night at Chevalier's Books in Larchmont. It was my second time meeting her and she was just as amazing as the first. Personable and funny, you feel like Colleen is an old friend. She did a brief Q&A before the signing where she revealed that when writing, she never pictures faces for her characters, only personalities. 

Now here's an incredibly awkward photo of Colleen and I being weird. Just two Avett Brothers lovers...

Go grab It Ends With Us immediately. It's a quick read, suspenseful and empowering.