For months, Colleen Hoover’s millions of fans on TikTok, Instagram and elsewhere have been talking and posting the first snippets of her novel “It Starts With Us.”
By summer, the author’s sequel to her bestseller “It Ends With Us” had already reached the Top 10 on Amazon.com. It might have soared higher but for competition from other Hoover novels, including “Ugly Love,” “Verity” and, of course, “It Ends With Us,” the dramatic tale of a love triangle. and one woman’s endurance to domestic violence that young TikTok users have embraced. They helped make Hoover the nation’s most popular fiction writer.
Hoover’s extraordinary run on bestseller lists, from Amazon to The New York Times, has been Beatle-esque for much of 2022, with four or more books likely to appear in the Top 10 at any given time. given. “It Starts With Us” had been so longed for by her admirers — CoHorts, some call themselves — that she broke a personal rule: don’t let “outside influences” determine her next book.
“I never allowed myself to entertain a sequel, but with the number of people emailing me every day and tagging me in an online petition to write about (these characters), their story started to building in my head the same way my other books begin,” she told The Associated Press in a recent email.
“Ultimately, I wanted to tell this story as much as my other stories, so I owe the readers a big thank you for the nudge,” Hoover said.
Hoover’s new book should help extend what has been another solid year for the industry. Booksellers are eagerly awaiting a mix of trade favorites such as Hoover, Anthony Horowitz, Beverly Jenkins and Veronica Roth alongside what Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt calls a “really strong” lineup of literary releases.