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If you loved Colleen Hoover’s bestselling romance novel It Ends with Us and are searching for books that are similar in themes and characters, then you’re in the right place!
With over 2 million ratings on Goodreads, it’s no surprise that readers have fallen in love with the powerful and heartbreaking story of Lily Bloom.
If you’re a fan of emotionally charged love stories that tackle complex and sensitive issues like domestic abuse, family violence, abusive relationship, and emotional devastation you’ll love this list of books similar to It Ends With Us that are sure to tug at your heartstrings.
From Christine Lauren’s Love and Other Words to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, these books are great to read after to It Ends with Us. I am certain that these book are going to leave a lasting impact on you.
Here are 19 best books like “It Ends with Us” that you won’t be able to put down.
Let’s get started!
It Ends With Us Book Summary
- New York Times bestseller
- Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Romance (2016)
Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up — she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelms her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
Best Books Similar to It Ends With Us
Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
- Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Romance (2022)
Young mother Kenna Rowan returns to her town after serving five years in jail. It was a tragic accident that not only sent her to prison but also killed her boyfriend.
Now she is determined to meet her baby girl whom she gave birth to in jail. The only person who still has compassion toward her is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner. As she finds solace in his presence, they both form a profound connection.
Colleen Hoover pens another emotionally-charged novel which is perfect for the lovers of It Ends With Us.
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
Love and Other Words is an engrossing second chance emotional read for the lovers of Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us. The story follows Macy Sorensen and Elliot Petropoulos, two childhood friends, their teenage love and adult romance.
As teenagers Macy and Elliot met during the summer time and bonded over their mutual love for books. They spent weekends together and started to share thoughts about life and teenage years. But they haven’t spoken to each other after one odd night.
Now here they are again, meeting after eleven years. Both try to regain their love.
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
- The Instant New York Times Bestseller and TikTok Sensation!
- A BuzzFeed Best Summer Read of 2021
Third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in long-term romantic relationships, but she pretends to be in one when a friend challenges her to find love. Which is how she ends up kissing the young hotshot professor, Adam Carlsen. The Love Hypothesis is a romantic comedy that has the perfect blend of humor and steamy romance. Both The Love Hypothesis and It Ends With Us explore the themes of relationships, family including the fear of vulnerability and trust.
The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes
- Major motion picture on Netflix
Jojo Moyes’ spellbinding and intoxicating story is a second-chance romance story that handles the themes of marital abuse and relationship violence. The interwoven stories are set in different time periods and tell the story of two women: Jennifer Stirling and Ellie Haworth
A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole
- Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Fiction (2016)
A Thousand Boy Kisses a poignant young adult love story that will instantly remind you of Lily and Atlas from It Ends With Us. This tearjerker romance follows seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen’s home coming to the sleepy town in Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield. There is one question that keeps haunting him Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, cut him off without a word of explanation?
Beautiful World Where Are You by Sally Rooney
- New York Times Bestseller
In Beautiful World, Where Are You we meet Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon- four people who are navigating their way in the world.
Alice is a successful novelist who decides to travel to Italy with Felix, a guy she met through a dating app. Eileen is her best friend and lives in Dublin.
Both often exchanged emails discussing each other’s relationships and other philosophical concepts that interest them. Discover more Sally Rooney’s books in List Of Books By Sally Rooney
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Named a Best Book of Summer by Cosmopolitan * InStyle *PopSugar * Buzzfeed * Bustle * Brit+Co * Parade
Emma Blair met her soulmate (Jess) in high school and was madly in love. Jess and Emma both traveled together after college and lived their best life.
Until the tragedy hits on their first wedding anniversary and Jess is gone! Years have passed since the tragic accident, but Emma is still grieving her husband’s death. And then she meets Sam, and it’s almost like she got a second chance at finding love.
But then again, life is always full of surprises that do not necessarily come at the right time. Emma learns that Jess is alive and has been looking for her all these years.
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
- Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Romance (2018)
- New York Times Bestseller
Yet another gripping emotional page-turner from the author of It Ends With Us.
This is a story of a broken marriage or rather love that turned from sweet to sour. We follow Quinn and Graham who have been married for seven years. Although they live together, they feel like strangers.
And Quinn takes all the blame because of which she suffers a lot! Meanwhile, Graham just wants to be with her and save their marriage. All Your Perfects is another heartbreaking tale of love, marriage, and relationship.
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
- Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Romance (2014)
Ugly Love is another Colleen Hoover novel that readers recommend reading after It Ends With Us. It’s a tearjerker, full of emotions.
Ugly Love is the story of Tate Collins and airline pilot Miles Archer. The only thing both have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love so that just leaves the sex. However, this surpassingly seamless arrangement goes out of hand when love gets ugly and promises get broken. Hoover weaves a powerful story, with beautiful moments of a relationship. Find more books like Ugly Love.
Remembrance by Jude Deveraux
What happens when you fall in love with one of the fictional heroes from your own book?
That’s the story of Hayden Lane. A romance writer who is trying to figure out her obsession with her fictional hero and her incapability to find true love. As she is desperate to find out more about this, she visits a psychic. And it turns out that everything has to do with mysteries of her past life. Very much intrigued by it, Hayden decides to seek the help of a hypnotist’s magic and travels back in time to Edwardian England.
In her past life as Lady de Grey, she discovers the love story of Callie and Tallie, which have all the answers to her questions about the present life.
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
In this gripping love story author Tia Williams creates a captivating plot with multilayered characters with the themes of second-chance romance and motherhood.
Authors Shane and Eva had been madly in love as teenagers. However, their love was short-lived and both got on with their respective lives.
Now both are bestselling authors who have been writing about their heartbreak in their works.
Their unexpected encounter gives them another chance, seven days to be more exact. Will Eva be able to forgive the man who broke her heart once? Get your hands on the book to find out!
Call me by Your Name by André Aciman
American writer André Aciman‘s novel tells the tale of an unforeseen romance between teenagers Elio and Oliver, a doctoral student.
At first glance, Oliver is carefree and spends most time outdoors and playing sports. While Elio loves to read and play piano.
Gradually, as both spend more time together, they express their fascination and desire for each other. A beautiful love story that explores the passion and tenderness of first love.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
- Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Fiction (2017)
- New York Times bestseller
- A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
- A Booklist Editors’ Choice
- A Bustle Best YA Novel
- A Paste Magazine Best YA Book
- A Book Riot Best Queer Book
- A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year
- A BookPage Best YA Book of the Year
Mateo and Rufus are two strangers but they are both informed by Death-Cast that they are going to die in the next twenty-four hours.
Now they are both looking for someone to spend their last day with. They seek the person via an app called Last Friend. And that’s how they meet for their last adventure.
They both discover what it means to live and have no regrets. A compelling story that is charged with emotion.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- New York Times Bestseller
- Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Fiction (2018)
Delia Owens’ bestselling novel is a coming-of-age novel that centers around Kya, who is often called “Marsh Girl”.While the main theme of the novel is survival and resilience, it’s also a touching love story.
When the Marsh Girl found solace in the marsh creatures for years, there were two men who came to her life.
But then the unexpected happens and her life is threatened. Just like the heroine Lily from ‘It Ends With Us’, Kya didn’t have it easy, yet she didn’t give up hope. She worked hard for the life and family she wants. Books like Where the Crawdads Sing
The Stationery Shop of Tehran by Marjan Kamali
The award-winning author Marjan Kamali’s sophomore novel is a moving tale of thwarted love.
The story is set in the background of Iran’s political upheavals. We follow the events in 1950s Iran and the 2010s USA. Young Roya loves spending time in Mr. Fakhri’s neighborhood stationery shop, wandering around, and looking through the books and stationery.
During one of her visits, she meets a handsome boy who loves poetry. As their romance blossoms, they spend more time in the little shop.
However, because of the sudden political violence, they are torn apart.
The Jasmin Wife by Jane Coverdale
After her parent’s death, Sarah Archer went to live with her relatives in England. Now she is married to Charles Fitzroy, a British official of India, and moved to India.
Although she spent a few years in India as a child, she has only a vague memory of it. Her efforts to be a dutiful wife seem to be more difficult than she expected.
Charles is cruel, greedy, and dominating. The rich British high society is prejudiced and biased. So she refused to be a part of their gatherings. When she meets Ravi Sabran, a kindhearted French-Indian, she feels an instant connection.
The Jasmin Wife is a mesmerizing romance book set in India.
Me before You by Jojo Moyes
Louisa Clark has quite an ordinary life; a loving family, a boyfriend, and a steady job.
But when she loses her job at the cafe, she is utterly devastated. After several attempts for work, she finally gets a new job as a caretaker for Will Traynor, a wealthy young man who was recently paralyzed in an accident.
Having lived an adventurous life before the accident, Will has no intention to live any longer. But Louisa is determined to change Will’s plan. She sets forth to show Will how extraordinary it is to be living.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Young Adult Fiction (2012)
16-year-old Hazel Grace has lung cancer and has to carry an oxygen tank because in her own words “lungs suck at being lungs.”
As her mother forced her to be a part of a cancer survivor group, she regularly takes part in it.
Apart from this she also loves reading classical literature and watching reality shows. It’s in this support group where she meets Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player who has recovered from bone cancer.
They learn about each other’s hobbies and read each other’s favorite novels. John Green’s novel certainly breaks your heart, just like Hoover’s did.
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks’ heart-wrenching centers around Katie Feldman, who moved to a new town and works as a waitress.
For outsiders, she seems quiet and remote and always avoids any personal questions. But when the local general store owner, Alex tries to have a conversation, Katie doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, she forms a strong bond with his two children. She also loves talking to her friendly neighbor, a young woman named Jo.
It’s to Jo that Katie opens up about her abusive marriage and her reasons to move to a new place.
Shortly afterward, as she starts to spend more time with Alex and their children, she shares a lot about her previous life. But then her ex-husband starts to trouble her again.
P.S. I love You by Cecelia Ahern
Cecelia Ahern’s 2004 novel tells the story of Holly and Gerry, a young couple from Dublin.
Gerry’s sudden death leaves Holly heartbroken. As she realizes how much he meant to her, she struggles to get her life together.
Shortly after, Holly starts receiving letters written by Gerry. Her mother explains that he wrote these notes to encourage her to live without him. P.S.
I Love You is a beautiful story about letting go and learning to fall in love again.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- HBO starring Rose Leslie and Theo James
Audrey Niffenegger’s debut novel is an unconventional love story.
Librarian Henry doesn’t belong in any timelines because of his troublesome disorder called- Chrono-Displacement. Because of this he slips in and out of time since the age of five.
Unfortunately, he has no control over his timeline and so he doesn’t really know when it’s about to happen. Meanwhile, his wife whom he met during this time traveling, lives a normal life. However, his unpredictable absence causes trouble in their relationship.
This love story is special and beautiful.
Stay by Deb Caletti
When Clara met her boyfriend, Christian, she fell in love with his charm.
She felt unique and special in his presence. As Christian appears to be a devoted boyfriend, she wanted to start a new life with him. However, after a while, he seems to be so obsessed with her and willing to do anything to make her stay with him.
Helpless Clara seeks the help of her father and escapes to a small coastal town. A place where they are strangers and nobody knows about their past. But can she really run away from her boyfriend?
Stay is a dark romance tale with a gripping plot !
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