Boss Battle Book Review: It Ends With Us

Updated: Sep 2

Somehow I never seem to read any of the books I've been recommended. But, this book, I'm happy I could. I had a gift pending from a writer's website and they happily sent me a copy of It Ends With Us.

It sat on my desk for more than 2 months while I tried to manage loads of other stuff. The year-end of 2018 was staring at me. I had to complete my Goodreads book challenge too. Finally, I picked up the book (my friend reminded me to start reading at least a million times before that). Guess deadlines are excellent motivators.

The beginning was slow for me probably because I got rusty from not reading for three months. But, once I got into the flow, I couldn't stop.

Though the initial pages read like a YA (I read the author is a YA writer), as the story progressed, the narrative style changed. The theme changed. The priorities changed. And that caught my attention. It told me exactly why this book was loved by some many readers.

Lily is a twenty-four-year-old woman who initially sounded like an eighteen-year-old. She meets Ryle, a handsome neurosurgeon venting his anger on chairs and smoking weed. Lily just back from her abusive (to her mother) father's funeral was emotionally drained and they have a game of Naked Truths (risky stuff when talking to a stranger) until he declares his lust for her (yeah, take that).

She is attracted but believes in what she believes about love and relationships (it sounds twisted, but she is looking for a HEA). Lily goes on to resign from her job and start her flower shop (I love how she uses steampunk here) when she meets Alyssa (Ryle's cute, kind, rich sister).

One thing I loved was how Alyssa was compassionate throughout the book. She knew her brother, she loved him, but she knew Lily wouldn't be able to live with him. The flashbacks via letters written to Ellen gave more depth to Lily. It was clear she loved Atlas (though she thought she didn't anymore). There were times I was frustrated with her. Not because she gave Ryle chances (we'll talk about it next), but because she denied her feelings for Atlas.

Each time she read the letters, I could see her love for the boy he was, for the man she hoped he'd be, and for the man he did become, despite him staying away from her.

The scenes between Ryle and Atlas in the restaurant (the second time when Lily goes with a bandaged face) were the beginning of the shift in the story. Though I wasn't sure how the story would progress with Lily deciding to forgive Ryle again and again, I wanted to see what would happen.

When she finally left him, I cheered for her. Calling Atlas was only expected. Poor man, throughout the book, took the pain, the pressure, the burden of the past, the present and what not. Yet, he was successful. He deserved so much more in life.