Okay, I get why this book is so popular. It Ends with Us is the first good CoHo book I’ve read. I’ve read seventeen of them now, so that’s not great odds, but this one is definitely worth the read.
There is real tension and conflict in this narrative – I felt just as torn as Lily between the right thing and what she wanted to believe. Meanwhile, Alyssa is the best human on the planet and deserves every happiness in the world.
I didn’t love that we learned about her relationship with Atlas through diary entries – I understand why it had to be that way to get to the big moment, but it took me out of the story a bit. I mean, what straight teenage couple has an obsession with Ellen DeGeneres? It is the weirdest journal theme I’ve ever heard of. I wish we got more from adult Atlas, though – it’s hard to consider him a legit option with such limited time with him.
It Ends with Us tells such an important story – which, yes, I know, I can’t believe I’m saying that about a CoHo book either… In many ways, Lily has it very easy. She has incredible emotional support, she’s financially independent, and she has a lot of time and space to make a decision on her own.