Book title:- It Starts with Us
Author:- Colleen Hoover
Date published:- October 18th 2022
No. of pages:- 323 pages
Overall rating:- 3/5
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).
OK, I am not going to get into too much details about the book since I am sure everyone would have read this book but I am going to tell you my honest opinion.
Colleen Hoover is the most overrated author–no offense, but some of her books, I am not sure why it is worth mentioning on Instagram. However, I did enjoy reading It Ends with Us, because I like Atlas and the topic is mainly about domestic abuse. This book follows the story immediately after It Ends With Us.
The story is told from Lily’s and Atlas’ POV. They have feelings for each other but Lily is in a civil arrangement with her ex-husband Ryle who cannot stand Atlas so Lily was afraid to tell Ryle that she was actually seeing Atlas. Meanwhile, Atlas finds out that he has a half brother that he was clueless about and is trying ways to bond with his brother. And both Atlas and Lily reconnect each other by reading through Lily’s letters to Ellen.
I honestly feel like I was reading a fan fiction of It Ends With Us. I feel Hoover basically wrote this book so that the fans will know what is going to happen to Lily’s and Atlas’ love story. I wasn’t feeling into the story like I thought I would and I literally found myself skimming through the book. But the only thing I like about the book was Atlas. Atlas actually became one of my favorite fictional characters and boy, I wish there was a real Atlas out there!
If you want to read this book, you have to read It Ends with Us. Luckily, this was the second and final book of the series so I am not much to complain. Overall this book worth three stars!
I will be putting up a post soon ranking Colleen Hoover’s books from least favorite to most favorite!