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By Teens, For Teens – It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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Are you a fan of romance novels? If so, you’ll want to check out this review and read-alikes list for Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us. This adult title has teen appeal as the main character is just out of college. Both were created by Elaina S., age 15.


Book Review:

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover has to be one of my favorite romance books of all time. It Ends with Us is a book that follows a girl named Lily who has just moved and is ready to start her life after college. Lily then meets a guy named Ryle and she falls for him. As she is developing feelings for Ryle, Atlas, her first love, reappears and challenges the relationship between Lily and Ryle. After reading the book, I rate It Ends with Us 5 stars. This book is a 5-star worthy book because it did not fall into the same repetitive trap as other romance books commonly do. I have noticed from reading lots of romance books that there is the same basic plot in almost every single one, and this book did not have that, which was really refreshing. Something that I really appreciated within this book was the powerful and impactful message that is normally not discussed. I did not expect to be impacted and touched by the book as much as I did. I also really loved how Lily’s character was portrayed in the book. The amount of strength that Lily shows throughout the book is truly inspiring. This story is told only from Lily’s perspective and I loved this aspect. It Ends with Us really allows you to experience and feel everything that Lily goes through and it makes for a gut-wrenching book that will make you laugh, smile, and cry. Lastly, this book gets 5 stars from me because of how complex and deep the plot and the characters were. The story dives in and explores the grey area of things and shows how life is not purely black and white. The book was constantly surprising me and I never wanted to put the book down. Overall, this book is not only one of the best romance books that I have read, but one of the best books I have ever read in general. I highly recommend reading It Ends with Us and I’m sure you will give it 5 stars too.


Read-alikes List:

Maybe you’ve already read It Ends With Us and loved it as much as Elaina. If so, Elaina has come up with a list of books (YA and adult) that will give you a similar reading experience and you will, hopefully, love just as much!

Summer Secrets by Jane Green

The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr

Bad Men and Wicked Women by Eric Jerome Dickey

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Jennifer Deuell

Jenn Deuell is the Young Adult Coordinator with Richmond Public Library. She is a native of Fredericksburg, VA but has lived in Richmond for long enough that she now considers it home. She loves all things YA and can usually be found curled up at home with a good book (rainy day or not). Her other hobbies include traveling and spending time with family, including her three rescued pit bulls. For YA reading recommendations from Jenn, visit Bookologist.

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