Colleen Hoover

The sensational Colleen Hoover is an American author who primarily writes novels in the contemporary romance and young adult fiction. She is best known for her 2016 romance novel, It Ends with Us. With legions of devoted fans and a knack for high-voltage emotional drama, Hoover has sold more than 20 million books.

Hoover has sold more books this year than Dr. Seuss. She’s sold more books than James Patterson and John Grisham — combined. She is also the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Colleen Hoover

Early Career

In January of 2012, when she self-published her first young adult novel, “Slammed”. Hoover was making $9 an hour as a social worker. And living in a single-wide trailer with her husband, a long-distance truck driver, and their three sons. She was elated when she made $30 in royalties. It was enough to pay the water bill.

Seven months later, “Slammed” hit the New York Times best-seller list. By May, Hoover had made $50,000 in royalties, money she used to pay back her stepfather for the trailer. By the summer, with two books on the best-seller list — “Slammed” and a sequel, “Point of Retreat,” — she quit her job to write full time.

Her Audience

Her success has happened largely on her terms, led by readers, mostly women, who act as her evangelists, driving sales through ecstatic online reviews and viral reaction videos.

In 2015, Colleen’s novel CONFESS won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance. A year later ‘It Ends With Us] also won the Choice Award for Best Romance. In 2017, her title WITHOUT MERIT won best romance.

The eclectic author’s written romances, a steamy psychological thriller, a ghost story. Harrowing novels about domestic violence, drug abuse, homelessness and poverty. Though her books are hard to categorize, most of them have an addictive combination of sex, drama and outrageous plot twists.

The industry prefers authors that brand themselves as one thing. Hoover wanted to brand herself as everything. And when you have the type of sway she holds on social media, you get to be in control. Hoover’s deft use of social media, where she has 4.5 million followers across platforms and posts goofy, self-deprecating videos, helped grow her audience. So did timing: While she built a strong fan base early in her career, her sales soared during the pandemic, when her books became a sensation on Instagram and TikTok.

What literary devices does Colleen Hoover use?

These were the numbers of the figurative languages from Ugly Love: are 33 items of personification, 19 items of simile, 11 items of irony, 10 items of hyperbole, 9 items of metaphor, and 5 items of metonymy. The most dominant type of figurative language in the Ugly Love novel by Colleen Hoover is personification.

It Ends With Us foreshadows Lily’s experience with the cycle of domestic violence by introducing the readers to Ryle Kincaid as he is going through one of his rages and repeatedly pummeling a chair. Watching him, Lily thinks of her father, whom she despises for having been abusive to her mother.

Her writing is described as engaging and relatable, with a focus on everyday life. Colleen’s stories are filled with humor, suspense, and thought-provoking elements, which make her books a staple in the world of contemporary romance.


Colleen Hoover’s books are all the rage in the romance and young adult fiction book genres. With serious themes of abuse, trauma, drugs, violence, mental illness, suicide, infidelity and miscarriages, readers are hooked on these books, but the possible effects of glorifying these topics is up for debate by consumers.

Point of View

Most of her novels are first person present tense. Some have dual POV and some don’t. The 1st person present tense is about the only thing she feels more comfortable throughout each novel.

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It Ends With Us

It Ends with Us is a book that follows a girl named Lily who has just moved and is ready to start her life after college. Lily then meets a guy named Ryle and she falls for him. As she is developing feelings for Ryle, Atlas, her first love, reappears and challenges the relationship between Lily and Ryle.


Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night their family was forever altered.

November 9: Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in Los Angeles together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

The complete oeuvre of Colleen Hoover

  • Reminders of Him
  • Ugly Love
  • Heart Bones
  • Regretting You
  • All Your Perfects
  • Confess
  • Without Merit
  • Layla
  • Maybe Someday


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