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It Starts With Us - Review

Author: Colleen Hoover
Year of Publishing: 2022
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, New Adult Fiction
Pages: 336

Just as Lily and her ex-husband Ryle have found a peaceful co-parenting rhythm, fate intervenes when she unexpectedly runs into her first love, Atlas. After nearly two years apart, she jumps at the chance to start anew with Atlas, and says yes when he asks her out on a date. But as she revels in the excitement of this second chance at true love, she's faced with the reality that Ryle is still very much a part of her life. And as Atlas Corrigan is the one man Ryle will never want in his ex-wife and daughter's life, Lily must navigate the treacherous waters of a jealous ex-husband.

"It Starts with Us" picks up right where the bestselling and "gripping, pulse-pounding" (Sarah Pekkanen, author of Perfect Neighbors) phenomenon "It Ends with Us" left off, switching between the perspectives of both Lily and Atlas. With more insights into Atlas's past and a front-row seat to Lily's emotional journey, "It Starts with Us" proves that "no one delivers an emotional read like Colleen Hoover.

It Starts With Us - Review

Atlas and Lily have a history that dates back to their teenage years, where they were each other's "right person, wrong time" but now fate has brought them together again. With Atlas determined to make Lily a permanent part of his life, it seems like the perfect opportunity for them to finally be together. However, things are not that simple as Lily must navigate her jealous ex-husband, Ryle who blames Atlas for their marriage ending.

Atlas is a man of many hats, running two successful restaurants while trying to win back Lily's heart. But just as things start to look up, Atlas's estranged mother suddenly reappears, dropping a bombshell that threatens to derail everything. Nevertheless, Atlas makes it clear to Lily that no matter how busy or stressed he may be, he will always make time for her and their relationship.

As soon as Atlas and Lily are reunited as adults, their connection and chemistry is undeniable. It's as if they were never truly apart, and their teenage romance blossoms into something even more powerful. Their dynamic is nothing short of swoon-worthy, as Atlas fiercely protects Lily and makes her feel safe in a way that neither her father nor Ryle ever could.

Atlas Corrigan is truly one of the best book boyfriends out there. He's a kind and caring gentleman, and Colleen Hoover has crafted him in such a way that he feels like a real person. He handles the turmoil and difficulties of their relationship with maturity and realism, making it easy to understand why Lily is ready to give him a second chance.

"It Starts With Us" offers readers an in-depth look into how Atlas's past has shaped him into the man he is today. The glimpse into his past and the way he treats not only Lily, but everyone in his life, makes him an even more beloved character.

It Starts with Us - Book Trivia

Have you read the book? Here's a few "easy trivia" to help your memory:

  1. Who is the author of "It Starts With Us"?

  2. What is the name of the protagonist in the book?

  3. Who is the ex-husband of the protagonist?

  4. Who is the first love of the protagonist?

  5. What is the name of the sequel novel to "It Ends with Us"?


  1. Colleen Hoover

  2. Lily

  3. Ryle

  4. Atlas Corrigan

  5. "It Starts With Us"

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