Book Review: It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover


Title: It Starts With Us

By: Colleen Hoover

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 323

Release Date: October 18th, 2022

Publisher: Atria Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Before It Ends with Us, it started with Atlas. Colleen Hoover tells fan favorite Atlas’s side of the story and shares what comes next in this long-anticipated sequel to the “glorious and touching” (USA TODAY) #1 New York Times bestseller It Ends with Us.

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.

Switching between the perspectives of Lily and Atlas, It Starts with Us picks up right where the epilogue for the “gripping, pulse-pounding” (Sarah Pekkanen, author of Perfect Neighbors) bestselling phenomenon It Ends with Us left off. Revealing more about Atlas’s past and following Lily as she embraces a second chance at true love while navigating a jealous ex-husband, it proves that “no one delivers an emotional read like Colleen Hoover” (Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author).


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This book should have never been written. From the very beginning, it was obvious the author felt pressured from her readers to continue the story of Lily and Atlas without having a clear path as to where to take them.

I loved how It Ends with Us ended. Lily was ready to take control of her own life and that meant doing things on her own. It was a strong and powerful ending that didn't need any follow up.

This book, It starts with Us dove back into the lives I had already said goodbye to and told a mundane story of general life with very little excitement. It felt like the characters were just going about their day just like I would and it felt plane. I want an escape, a good story. Not something I could live myself out in the world. It wasn't until about 70% of the way through the story that something exciting happened, but it was short lived.

I really find Colleen Hoover to be a great writer. Her way with words was the only reason I continued to read this story to the very end, but this was a boring story.

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