Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review: November 9

ISBN: 1501110349
Pages: 310
Source: Library
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Initial Reaction:
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Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.
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 L.A. 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.
Today I have another review that is long overdue and I'm finally getting to it because college starts tomorrow and I don't want to think about my impending death. With that being said, everyone and their mother who loves contemporaries, loves Colleen Hoover. It's pretty much a given statement so when this book came out, I was on board and excited. Took me about a year but I eventually got around to it. 

Going into this book, I heard a lot of mixed reviews. There were many who loved this book, but there were also a good number of people who hated it. To being, I'm not a fan of instalove and this book started with it so talk about being turned off at the first page. However, the story managed to unfold itself into something so intriguing and emotional that I forgot all about the instalove (kinda).

Fallon and Ben remind me a lot of Owen and Amber from Confess where their relationship redefines angst because there's so much of it. Some moments were good but others were so full of cringe that I had to skim them because if I actually read the words I might have stopped reading altogether. On the good side of things, Colleen Hoover still works her magic and delivers some heart wrenching moments that made me catch my breath.

I love the concept of the story and it's definitely the reason why I picked up the book in the first place. Meeting once a year to reflect and write a love story that spawns from that? EmojiEmoji I also loved that Colleen Hoover included excerpts from Ben's story because it added that extra touch which made the book special just like the paintings in Confess.

The excerpts revealed so much about the story and it was like the final punch in the stomach. The characters literally put themselves through such an emotional roller coaster and while I didn't love all the moments, this book really highlights young adults and their emotional progress through relationships.

4 out of 5 stars

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