It Starts With Us

It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Jan 3, 2023

A new beginning for Lily but an abusive past life that is still unforgettable is an accurate
representation of this book. I highly recommend reading It Ends with Us before starting the sequel,
A.K.A. this book. To summarize briefly, Lily, now a single mom, struggles to balance her new life
with the one she had with Ryle. However, her childhood lover, Atlas, reappears in her life and pays
back the indebted love that Lily once showed him. Through a series of events that Lily navigates
through to protect her daughter, maintain peaceful relationships, and allow herself to love someone
else again, this novel is eye-opening. I think it particularly highlights the scarring domestic abuse can
have on one’s life, and although there were not many violent scenes in this book, I think Colleen
Hoover mainly focused on how a person can still grow and learn to love someone again. In addition,
Hoover portrays the struggles of a single mom and how proper support is imperative. More
importantly, she describes how a woman should be treated by a man and the respect needed between
them. I believe this novel was necessary to portray Lily’s life after some traumatic experiences. Still,
also I appreciate how Hoover incorporated more of Atlas’ life into this book and how it affected both
Lily's and Atlas’ lives. Overall, this was a quick and quite “chill” read. I would rate this book a 4.3/5


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