November 27, 2022

Series Sunday: It Starts With Us

(It Ends/Starts With Us #2) 

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

"There are so many feelings that come out in this moment, I'm not sure I've ever experienced anything so chaotically beautiful when we're finally connected." ~ 60%

My Series Sunday pick is It Starts With Us, the sequel to It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. Seemingly out-of-order but appropriate titles. It begins right where the first book concluded. (So stop here if you have not read the first book, It Ends With Us).

Lily and her ex-husband, Ryle, have settled into coparenting when she bumps into her first love, Atlas, again. Timing seems to finally be on their side. But her excitement is quickly hampered by Ryle's jealousy. Even though they're divorced, Atlas is the one man he will hate being around Lily and his daughter. There's just too much hurt history there.

Second chance love. Jealousy. Abuse. Love wins. These are the major themes of It Starts With Us. 

"Your friendship gave me worth." ~ 29%

It Starts With Us is a Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Best Romance 2022 with over 350,000 ratings of an average 4⭐️. While I loved the return of Atlas and the healing of Lily, my overall rating was a bit lower. The story was good but I expected more feels in this follow-up. Perhaps it was the build-up and the hype. CoHo fans on #BookTok (the literature corner of TikTok) had me thinking it was the best romance she'd ever written. So not so! But indeed worth the read and happy ending!

Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: October 2022
Pages: 332
Edition: eBook
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤

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