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It Starts with Us

By: Colleen Hoover
Narrated by: Colin Donnell, Olivia Song
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Before It Ends with Us, it started with Atlas. Colleen Hoover tells fan favourite Atlas’s side of the story and shares what comes next in this long-anticipated sequel to the #1 Sunday Times bestseller It Ends with Us.

Lily and her ex-husband, Ryle, have just settled into a civil co-parenting 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 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, bestselling author).

©2022 Colleen Hoover (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, UK

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Missing something

I really wanted to enjoy the sequel as much as I liked the first, but I couldn’t get into it. As nice as the characters are the complexity and issues from the last book, that keep you hooked, aren’t here. At times it is preachy and like the dictionary definitions of words and phrases has been picked up and reused. There’s also too much that is repetitive, especially the early diary entries.
I did enjoy some of the new characters, just wish there was more of them and the performance itself was well done.

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LOVED IT!

I loved this book!! I read it right after the first one and couldn’t put them away. It’s the kind that keeps you up all night just to see what happens. A brilliant book, highly recommended

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A triumph!

This book is not as good as the first but you know what it is well worth the listen. If you loved it ends with us then you must listen to this. It feels a bit like a therapy session but in a good way. The narrators are amazing, especially the male one. Big thumbs up!

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I couldn’t put it down

I absolutely loved that Colleen wrote a second book to It Ends with us. I really enjoyed the twists and turns, however I feel the ending without ruining it is unrealistic… Most DV survivors have a much darker ending to their stories, however I realise this true narrative isn’t what a lot of people wish to read.
So definitely read this & educate yourself on the steps you need to take to protect yourselves with a dangerous abuser.

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Heartwarming

Such a beautiful sequel to the tale of Lily and Atlas , where love and caring for another overcomes all other obstacles and fears.

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More please

So glad that Lily ends up with Atlas but we need more of them, please write another Colleen!

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So many smiles

I would listen to this book on my too work each day and I couldn’t help but smile throughout it . I loved the first book and this was definitely a nice finish too follow on . Love there love story.

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Thank you

I've devoured this book the same way I did with "it ends with us". Such a touching story about hardship, life, relationship and true love. Thank you for this wonderful story ❤️

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Loved it!

Excellent read. This book gives someone's view of leaving a domestic violence relationship. A somewhat gentle view.

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Just as enjoyable as It Ends with Us

Devoured in two days. An easy listen and a nice wrap up of the story.

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