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It Ends with Us

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AuthorColleen Hoover
CountryUnited States
Set inBoston
PublisherAtria Books

Publication date

August 2, 2016
Media typePrint (paperback)
ISBN978-1-5011-1036-8 (First edition)

Dewey Decimal

LC ClassPS3608.O623 I84 2016
Followed byIt Starts with Us 

It Ends with Us is a romance novel by Colleen Hoover, published by Atria Books on August 2, năm nhâm thìn. Based on the relationship between her mother and father, Hoover described it as "the hardest book I've ever written."

As of 2019, the novel had sold over one million copies worldwide and been translated into over twenty languages. A sequel titled It Starts with Us was published in October 2022.


College graduate Lily Bloom moves đồ sộ Boston with hopes of opening her own floral cửa hàng. She has recently given the eulogy at her father's funeral, in her hometown of Plethora, Maine. Her father was abusive towards her mother, who kept the abuse a secret, leading Lily đồ sộ resent both of them. She reads through her old childhood diaries and remembers her first love Atlas Corrigan, who left đồ sộ join the military, but promised đồ sộ return đồ sộ her.

While wrestling with her feelings, she meets neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid. They are mutually attracted đồ sộ one another, but bởi not pursue a relationship as Lily is looking for commitment while Ryle is only interested in a casual fling. However, once Lily successfully starts her business, they continue đồ sộ meet, and start a relationship.

One night, Lily laughs when Ryle accidentally drops a casserole, and he angrily pushes her đồ sộ the ground before frantically apologizing. Lily is reminded of her father's treatment of her mother; while horrified, she decides they are different from her parents and accepts his apologies, but warns him that she will leave if he hurts her again.

While dining at a restaurant where Atlas works, Lily reconnects with him, making Ryle instantly jealous despite her insistence that Atlas is only a friend. Suspecting that Ryle may be abusing Lily after noticing her injuries, Atlas secretly gives her his phone number.

Lily and Ryle eventually get married, and have a stable marriage until he finds Atlas' number and assaults Lily. He then confesses that he accidentally shot and killed his brother Emerson as a child, resulting in trauma that causes him đồ sộ have rage-filled episodes. Lily reconciles with him, but Ryle assaults her again after finding her childhood diaries, believing that she is having an affair with Atlas.

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Lily escapes the house and calls Atlas. He takes her đồ sộ the hospital, where she discovers she is pregnant with Ryle's child, which she opts đồ sộ keep a secret from him. She stays with Atlas for a few days while Ryle leaves the country for a fellowship, and eventually moves back trang chủ while Ryle is still out of the country. Atlas admits he still has feelings for Lily but has suppressed them because of Ryle. Finally understanding what her mother went through, Lily confides in her about the abuse.

When Ryle returns, Lily forms a tentative truce with him and allows him đồ sộ help her through the final few months of her pregnancy, but remains emotionally distant from him. Lily later gives birth đồ sộ a daughter, whom she names after Ryle's late brother. After giving birth, Lily realizes she does not want her daughter đồ sộ grow up witnessing Ryle's aggressive outbursts, and tells him she wants a divorce. He tearfully begs her đồ sộ reconsider, but finally understands her perspective and agrees đồ sộ separate after she asks him how he would react if their daughter told him she was being abused by her partner. Lily hopes she has finally ended the cycle of abuse in her family, telling her daughter, "It ends with us."

In the epilogue, Lily, who is co-parenting with Ryle, finds Atlas and tells him that she is ready đồ sộ restart her relationship with him.

Background and publication[edit]

It Ends with Us was published by Atria Books on August 2, năm nhâm thìn.[1] Based on the relationship between her mother and father,[2] Hoover described it as "the hardest book I've ever written."[3]


Critical response[edit]

In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews wrote, "The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty" and concluded that the novel "powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors".[4] Romantic Times wrote, "It Ends with Us is a perfect example of the author's writing chops and her ability đồ sộ weave together uplifting, romantic and somber plotlines. No matter your level of fandom, readers will love and respect protagonist Lily and learn something from her struggles."[5]


As of 2019, the novel had sold over one million copies worldwide and been translated into over twenty languages.[6]

In 2021, the novel–and Hoover's works overall–experienced a surge in popularity due đồ sộ attention from the #BookTok community on TikTok.[7][8] In January 2022, It Ends with Us debuted at #1 on The Thủ đô New York Times best sellers list.[9] It was #1 on the Publishers Weekly adult list and #1 overall in the first six months of 2022, selling a total of 925,221 units.[10] It was also #1 on the Publisher Weekly annual list, selling a total of 2,729,007 copies.[11] It Ends With Us has over one billion tags on TikTok.[12]

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The novel won the năm nhâm thìn Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance.[13]


In February 2022, it was announced that Atria Books would publish a sequel đồ sộ It Ends with Us in October 2022.[14] The follow-up, titled It Starts with Us, was published on October 18, 2022.[15][16] The sequel continues from where It Ends with Us ended and centers on the relationship between Lily and Atlas.[17]

Film adaptation[edit]

In July 2019, Justin Baldoni optioned the novel for a film adaptation, produced through his Wayfarer Entertainment company.[6] In October 2021, the first draft screenplay was completed.[18] In January 2023, Blake Lively was cast in the role of Lily Bloom. Baldoni, who will play Ryle Kincaid, is phối đồ sộ direct and Christy Hall will adapt the script.[19][20] In April 2023, Brandon Sklenar was cast đồ sộ play the role of Atlas.[21] Filming began in Hoboken, New Jersey, on May 5, 2023.[22] The film is scheduled đồ sộ be theatrically released on February 9, 2024.[23]


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  2. ^ Kayle, Hilary S. (June 3, 2017). "BookCon 2017: Colleen Hoover: Different Endings". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  3. ^ White, Mara (August 3, 2016). "New Adult author Colleen Hoover releases novel 'It Ends with Us'". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  4. ^ "It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover". Kirkus Reviews. May 31, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  5. ^ Carr, Tricia. "IT ENDS WITH US | RT Book Reviews". Romantic Times. Archived from the original on March 10, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
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  8. ^ Merry, Stephanie (January trăng tròn, 2022). "On TikTok, crying is encouraged. Colleen Hoover's books get the job done". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  9. ^ "Combined Print & E-Book Fiction - Best Sellers - Books". The Thủ đô New York Times. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  10. ^ Maher, John (July 8, 2022). "The Bestselling Books of 2022 (So Far)". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved July 16, 2022.
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  12. ^ Buono, Jules (August 23, 2022). "Best Colleen Hoover Books Ranked". The Literary Lifestyle. Retrieved March 1, 2023.
  13. ^ "Best Romance năm nhâm thìn — Goodreads Choice Awards". Goodreads. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  14. ^ "Atria Books đồ sộ Publish Colleen Hoover's Sequel đồ sộ Viral BookTok Novel, It Ends With Us in October 2022". February 11, 2022. Retrieved October 18, 2022.
  15. ^ Comerford, Ruth (October 17, 2022). "New Colleen Hoover becomes S&S's most pre-ordered title đồ sộ date as chiến dịch unveiled". The Bookseller. Retrieved October 18, 2022.
  16. ^ "Atria đồ sộ Publish Colleen Hoover's 'It Starts with Us' in October". Publishers Weekly. February 11, 2022. Retrieved February 12, 2022.
  17. ^ Haupt, Angela (October 12, 2022). "Why We Can't Stop Reading Colleen Hoover's Trauma-Filled Novels". Time. Retrieved October 18, 2022.
  18. ^ Norbez, Naomi (November 21, 2021). "Everything we know about 'It Ends with Us' novel adaptation". Film Daily. Retrieved February 24, 2022.
  19. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 26, 2023). "Blake Lively & Justin Baldoni To Star In 'It Ends With Us'; Baldoni Also Directing Sony And Wayfarer Studios' Adaptation Of Colleen Hoover Novel". Deadline. Retrieved January 26, 2023.
  20. ^ Zhan, Jennifer (January 26, 2023). "The It Ends With Us Movie Ends Up Casting Blake Lively". Vulture. Retrieved January 26, 2023.
  21. ^ Kroll, Justin (April trăng tròn, 2023). "'1923' Breakout Brandon Sklenar To Play Atlas Corrigan In Sony And Wayfarer's Adaptation Of 'It Ends With Us' Starring Blake Lively". Deadline. Retrieved April 21, 2023.
  22. ^ Campano, Leah; Oh, Hannah (May 16, 2023) [January 27, 2023]. "Everything We Know About the Film Adaptation of Colleen Hoover's "It Ends With Us"". Seventeen. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
  23. ^ Piña, Christy (July 7, 2023). "'It Ends With Us' Sets 2024 Release Date". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 8, 2023.