Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us Series is a book series that contains only two books, It Ends With Us and It Starts With Us. There was going to be an official coloring book as well, but it was later canceled. This book series is the one that Colleen Hoover is most known for. It is also getting a movie adaptation with actress Blake Lively playing the role of the main female character Lily Bloom.
Colleen Hoover is the writer of the It Ends With Us series. She was born in 1979 and graduated with a social work degree. While she did work in the social work field for a while, she ended up becoming a full-time writer a few years later.
In 2012, Colleen was self-publishing novels when her books suddenly gained a lot of attention. Recognizing the potential of her books, Atria Books decided to pick up the novels and publish them. In total, Colleen Hoover has written multiple books and book series and sold over 20 million books throughout her writing career.
But we aren’t going to talk about all of Colleen Hoover’s books; this article is dedicated to only her It Ends With Us series, and that’s what we will be discussing today!
Summary of It Ends With Us Series:
The It Ends With Us series tells the story of Lily Bloom, who has had a difficult life. She ends up getting involved with a man named Ryle Kincaid and even reconnects with Atlas Corrigan, a man from her past.
It Starts With Us, the sequel to the first book, was published a few years after the first book in the series. Lily ended up marrying Ryle, and they had a child, but sometime later, they ended up getting divorced.
When Atlas comes into her life again, it only further complicates things. Her ex is very jealous, and he is not going to be happy with a man, especially Atlas, coming into her life again.
This series has quite a few classic romance tropes. For one, it has a second chance romance, high school romance, and friends to lovers regarding Atlas and Lily. The second chance romance is one of those romance tropes we see a lot in the romance genre, but Colleen Hoover once again does a great job of giving her unique twist on it.
Although the books are considered romance books, there are adult themes in the story, like domestic abuse and trauma, that take up a significant part of Lily Bloom’s life.
How Many Books Are in It Ends With Us Series?
There are two books in the It Ends With Us Series. There were plans to publish an official coloring book as well, but there was a ton of backlash from fans of the series, so it was canceled by the author and the publisher.
This means that there are only two books in the It Ends With Us series in order, which are:
- It Ends With Us, published in 2016.
- It Starts With Us, published in 2022
You should read the books in order of their release date because they are not standalone novels. With the coloring book never coming out, you don’t need to worry about it.
It Ends With Us Characters & Age Rating:
There are three main characters in the It Ends With Us series. The main one is Lily Bloom, a young woman who has had to work hard for everything she has ever wanted in her life. However, at the beginning of the first book, she’s managed to start her own business and is on her way to success.
Then there is Ryle Kincaid, one of the male leads. He is a complex man who can be arrogant one minute while sensitive the next. Finally, there is Atlas Corrigan, a young man with whom Lily had a relationship back in high school.
This book series has many adult situations and themes, so it’s recommended that ages 17+ read it. Anyone below that age should not read it because of the mature themes of this book series.
It Ends With Us Series in Order of Release Date:
1. It Ends With Us (2016)
It Ends With Us is the first book in the series, published in 2016. It is one of Colleen Hoover’s most popular novels and a book everyone recommends.
It features Lily Bloom, a woman who hasn’t had an easy life, but after working hard, she’s managed to graduate from college and start her own business.
During this time, she ends up starting a relationship with a man named Ryle Kincaid, who can be both arrogant and sensitive at the same time. The problem is their relationship isn’t a relationship, at least at first. It starts as a hook-up, eventually becoming something more.
Just when things seem to be going well between them, a man named Atlas Corrigan from Lily’s past comes back into her life. He had a huge impact on her life during her high school years and made that time in Lily’s life very tolerable.
Seeing him again is a shock because she never expected to see him again… especially not now. Will the emergence of Atlas ruin things with Ryle?
2. It Starts With Us (2022)
It Starts With Us takes place a few years after the end of the first book. Lily and Ryle ended up getting married, and then they even got divorced. They also have a daughter who they co-parent pretty well, given all the issues they have had in the past and continue to have. Still, Lily tries for the sake of their daughter, so Ryle is still very much a part of her and her daughter’s life.
One day she runs into Atlas again, but this time she isn’t in a relationship and is very much single. He is quick to ask her on a date, which she accepts immediately, wanting to see where this second chance at romance can go.
However, when Ryle finds out, he is not going to be happy. He’s never liked Atlas, and it certainly isn’t going to change now, even if they are divorced and no longer together.
If you have read a couple of books like Colleen Hoover, like her uber-popular Verity or some other novel, and liked it so much that you now want to read her other books but don’t know where to start, start with It Ends With Us!
This is also one of her best books and one of her most popular novels that all her fans worldwide love and recommend. So, if you love reading books in the romance genre filled with adult themes, you need to read the It Ends With Us series in order.
As I mentioned before, there is also a movie in the works. You know that when your book gets a movie adaptation, you have made it—especially with a film starring a famous actress such as Blake Lively. So, now is the right time to read the book series before the movie comes out!
That brings us to the end of the article, where we talked about Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us Series. If you liked the article, read about the Hopeless Series by Colleen Hoover, which is yet another book series that all her fans absolutely love.
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