20 It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover Discussion Questions & Food Ideas

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Ready to discuss It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover with your book club members? Then kickstart your discussion with some thought-provoking questions and tasty snack ideas.

I picked up It Ends With Us without reading the blurb, so I didn’t know what to expect.

What started as a sweet story turned into something completely unexpected. As I read through the story, I got really into the details of relationships, especially how abusive situations were shown. Hoover did this really well without making it too extreme. She used her own life experiences and family background to tell the story which I found incredibly moving. 

So if your book group wants to talk about this book, this discussion guide will help you analysis the plots, characters themes and so much more. Plus I have also included great ideas for sumptuous book club snacks. 

Also, don’t forget to download the printable book discussion prompt PDF.

It Ends With Us Synopsis

It Ends With Us book summary

It Ends With Us follows Lily, who has overcome challenges to build a successful life in Boston.

When she meets Ryle, a charismatic neurosurgeon, they share a connection that seems perfect.

However, Ryle’s reluctance to commit raises questions, and Lily’s past love, Atlas, resurfaces, putting her current relationship at risk.

The story explores complex emotions, past connections, and the choices Lily must make as she navigates the intricacies of love and personal growth. Read my review of It Ends With Us.


20 It Ends With Us Book Club Questions for Discussion 

It Ends With Us discussion prompts

What were your initial thoughts on the title of the book and how do you think it relates to the story?

Which is the most relatable character in the book and why?

What were your thoughts on Lily’s decision to break up with Ryle after finding out about his abusive tendencies?

What is your impression of Atlas’s character and his relationship with Lily?

Do you think Lily’s mother and her decision to stay with her abusive husband had any influence on Lily? 

How would you interpret the quote “There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things” in the context related to the themes and characters in the novel It Ends With Us?

What’s your opinion about the portrayal of domestic violence in the book?

What were your thoughts on the ending of the book?

Do you think reading It Ends With Us has changed your perspective on domestic violence or relationships in general? Why or Why Not?

What are your thoughts about the representation of mental health issues in the book?

How did the narrative structure of It Ends With Us influence your perception of Lily’s character?

‘You are my wife. I’m supposed to be the one who protects you from the monsters. I’m not supposed to be one, how do you interpret Ryle’s statement in the context of their relationship and throughout the story?

What do you think about Lily’s relationship with her father? 

What role did Lily’s career as a florist play in the book?

How do you find the use of letters and flashbacks in the book?

How do you think It Ends With Us portrays the issue of victim blaming?

What role did Lily’s friendship with Alyssa play in the book?

How do you compare the male and female characters of It Ends With Us

Why do you think Colleen Hoover made Lily send letters to Ellen? Does it influence the overall narrative of the book?

How do you compare Lily’s relationship with Ryle and her relationship with Atlas?

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It Ends With Us Snack Ideas For Book Club

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are mentioned throughout the book so they can provide a comforting treat for the book club members. You can get cookies from Amazon, or get the chocolate chip cookie recipe here to make your own. 

  • Herb Salad with Edible Flowers

A herb salad with edible flowers is a healthy and refreshing option for the book club members while discussing an intense book as It Ends With Us. Get the recipe for herb salad with edible flowers.

  • Caprese Skewers

A tasty appetizer for the book club members. Get the recipe for Caprese Skewers.

  • Ruffle Flower Cupcakes

These cupcakes can be a nod to the title of the book It Ends With Us. The color and the texture, everything compliments the book cover. Get the recipe for ruffle flower Cupcakes.

  • Rose Bud Tea Latte

This drink can be a nod to the romance between Lily and Atlas. Find the recipe for rose bud latte.

It Ends With Us Book Group Activities

Selected Reviews for It Ends With Us

“It Ends with Us isn’t an ordinary love story. It will break your heart while filling you with hope, and by the end of this gripping, pulse-pounding novel, you’ll be smiling through your tears.” -(Sarah Pekkanen, International bestselling author of Perfect Neighbors )

” What a glorious and touching read, a forever keeper. The kind of book that gets handed down.” (USA Today)

What to Read After It Ends With Us?

If you loved the themes, characters, and writing of It Ends With Us, here are similar books to read.

  • Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover – This is the story of a troubled young mother. Similar to It Ends With Us it’s a heartwarming story that reminds you of the power of love.
  • Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren– The book has similar plot to Lily and Atlas story.
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes– Another unlikely love story like It Ends With Us. I remember crying so much after reading this one.

So check out 22 books like It Ends With Us for more book recommendations.

Frequently Asked Questions About It Ends With Us: 

What is It Ends With Us about?

It Ends With Us is a contemporary, young adult romance novel that follows the story of Lily Bloom, a young woman who falls in love with a neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, However, as their relationship progresses, Lily discovers that Ryle has a history of abusive behavior. The novel explores Lily’s struggle to come to terms with her own complicated past and her decision to break the cycle of abuse in her life.

Is It Ends With Us for 13-year-olds?

It Ends With Us is recommended for mature young adults and adults as it deals with mature themes such as domestic violence, abuse, and mental health. So it may not be appropriate for all 13-year-olds.

Why is It Ends With Us So Popular?

It Ends With Us is popular for many reasons. Firstly, the book tackles a sensitive and important issue that gained popularity in Booktok. Also, the author of the book, Colleen Hoover, is known for writing emotionally impactful stories that resonate with both young adult and adult audiences.

Should I read It Ends With Us or It Starts With Us first?

You should first read It Ends With Us first then It Starts With Us.

Will It Ends With Us be a movie?

Yes, It Ends With Us is going to be adapted to the big screen starring Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni as Lily and Ryle. Although there is no official release date has been confirmed at this time.

Is It Ends With Us a true story?

It Ends With Us is not based on a true story. But according to author Colleen Hoover, the story is based on her mother’s relationship with her father.


There you have 20 book club questions to discuss in It Ends With Us

It Ends With Us discussion prompts for reading group

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