Published in 2022, It Starts with Us is the second novel in a romance duology by Colleen Hoover. The novel continues the story of Lily Bloom, a single mother escaping an abusive marriage and reuniting with her first love, and Atlas Corrigan, a chef who escaped his violent family as a teen. Spanning Lily’s and Atlas’s pasts and present, the novel explores the difficulty of escaping abuse cycles and reveals the power of love and community in healing trauma. The novel was nominated for the 2022 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance and named W. H. Smith's Book of the Year for 2022. 


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Literary Devices

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