It Starts with Us
Books | Family & Relationships / Abuse / General
Lily and her ex-husband, Ryle, have just settled into a civil coparenting rhythm when she suddenly bumps into her first love, Atlas, again. After nearly two years separated, she is elated that for once, time is on their side, and she immediately says yes when Atlas asks her on a date. But her excitement is quickly hampered by the knowledge that, though they are no longer married, Ryle is still very much a part of her life--and Atlas Corrigan is the one man he will hate being in his ex-wife and daughter's life.
Simon & Schuster
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"I want to start off by saying I love Atlas and his kind heart. ❤️ All the things he went through with still having such a kind heart and taking care of others just shows what type of man he is. Atlas and Lilly’s relationship was so beautiful. My overall thoughts is that I don’t think this book should have been written at all. I felt that Colleen Hoover was trying to extend something we all knew the ending too. It felt to cheesy and fake and too happy, it didn’t feel real if I’m going to be honest. This book actually took me several days to finish just because it was hard for me to focus and get into the story. The first book “It Ends with Us” had me hooked from chapter one and I feel like it was well written where we didn’t need this second book. I really hoped this second book would have focused more on when they were younger, i really enjoyed the letters and was hoping for more of that because we all knew what the ending would be. "
"It was great to hear how their relationship built up, but I was getting annoyed by how they would talk to each other like yes they in love but so repetitive in this book was what made it annoying. The book ended on something that I would’ve wanted to hear more about and I think it has potential to make another book continuing the series. Overall it was worth the read to see how things went after the first book so if you’re interested you should check it out. "
"There's a reason she's a best selling author. This book is great, I even think you could read it as a stand alone (although you shouldn't!). Very eye opening to the repercussions of an abusive relationship, that needs to be read. I almost with there was no spice in these books so a younger audience of girls could appreciate them and learn from them! "
"3.5 ⭐️ - I loved "it ends with us" and couldn't put it down. The beginning of this sequel had me interested, but I lost motivation to finish about halfway through. I liked it overall just for the "happy ending," but it all felt so forced. The last several chapters were lazily written just to wrap everything up. I think she should have gone with her gut and not written a sequel, Tik Tok peer pressure be damned."
"I'd say this is a good sequel, I'm mean given that I wanted to stay up late to finish it twice, says it all😅. It starts off where it ended in the last book, which I liked. I'm definitely glad we got more Atlas and Lily, their connection is just beautiful, it was from book 1, but I just had to say it again. There were moments where I didn't know what was going to happen next, my heart would start racing and I found myself saying "Oh no...please no". I loved the twists because I honestly did not see them coming. This book did make me smile a lot and I loved that, it was definitely more happier than It Ends With Us(for obvious reasons).The ending did feel rushed just a bit, I don't know why but I felt like Colleen could have written it a little better. But that's just my opinion. Overall good read!"
"Okay so this is everything i hoped and dreamed for this book. I wanted this to be nothing but happiness and love for them and she delivered. HOWEVER, I don't know what is it that's missing. I guess I wanted it to be spicier? I wanted them to have at least one problem and worked through it? It's nothing but rainbow and sunshine for them and we all know love isn't always like that. And wasn't a fan of his vow... Also some of the time jump is kinda jarring... But it's still a good read for me. I spent the last two days simping over Atlas. This man is such a patience, kind hearted, gentle and loving person."
"It’s widely known that this is a sequel that solely came to be after fans begged the author for more clarification on the outcome of Lily and Atlas. Let me start off by saying that I loved the first book, and I think it goes up neatly at the end. I didn’t think another book was necessary, but I’m glad there was a sequel just to give readers more prospective (both flashbacks and in real time) of the friendship between characters. I had high hopes for this book, but I knew after alreading reviews that most readers thought the origianl was written much better. I agree, just because there is more anticipation and story arc. That is not to say the problems that present itself in this book are less interesting, because of my favorite characters is newly added in this book. It’s more or less that the original was really heavy and you wanted desperately to see Lily find her happiness and peace…while untangling a lot of drama and baggage. This book is more of the story of what happens to Lily after she finds her happiness. After facing the traumas of an Avis I’ve relationship, Lily finds her safety and peace in the friendship of a childhood friend Atlas. Atlas provides the emotional support and positive energy Lily needs as she faces motherhood on her own. With the help of her friendships, she works her way from the bottom back up again, and it’s amazing and rewarding to watch her character experience her happy ending. If you think of the sequel as an extension to the original (or even like a very long epilogue), you will enjoy it more than expecting a new story with new obstacles."