Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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Summary:


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.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?


My Thoughts:

It’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of Colleen Hoover’s writing. In fact, I don’t read a lot of New Adult, but she is still an auto-buy for me. So much so- that I pre-ordered November 9 back in March when it was first put up for sale. Once Colleen began releasing teaser quotes, I was done. I was excited about the idea and I needed to know how all of the different pieces fit together.

When it arrived on my Kindle Tuesday I immediately started reading. Normally Colleen’s books are one-sitting reads for me. That’s actually difficult because I have a short attention span and am all over the place when I read. However, this time I couldn’t read in one sitting because- well- I was at work. I can’t do two things at once.

I finished on Wednesday (I tried really hard to stay up all night with it Tuesday, but fell asleep trying.) and went through every emotion possible. At one point, I had my usual CoHo reaction of “WHAT” and dropped my kindle to my lap and had to just stare at the page thinking “did that really just happen??” I have that moment with all of her books, but this one seemed to hit especially hard.

One fun thing in November 9 was different book and writing references. I think this actually made the couple more fun and relatable. Maybe I’m just a book nerd and that made it hit hard- either way, it was a fun addition that made me like the couple even more.

All in all- I’ve read and enjoyed everything Colleen has released up to this point. For the longest time, Hopeless, was my favorite book from her.  That’s the first I read from Colleen, yet I think I may finally have a new favorite in Fallon and Ben’s story.

There were parts that made me smile, made me angry, and made me speechless, but overall, this may have easily won as being my favorite….at least until her next book!

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Recommendation time!

If you know me, then you know that I’ve fallen in love with Colleen Hoover’s books over the past year. Until two weeks ago, Hopeless and Losing Hope were all that I’d read. However, I’d recommended them to several friends who also got addicted.

Then Slammed was put on a sale a couple weeks ago. I’d bought its sequel Point of Retreat awhile back on sale, so I was prepared for what I was getting into. I read Slammed in one evening and then back tracked to a short story of Hoover’s, Finding Cinderella. The next day I read book two in just a couple of hours.

I find that I get sucked into her books! So, if you’re looking for something new to get addicted to then I suggest ANYTHING from Colleen Hoover. 🙂

-M

Book review: Losing Hope

Note:

Remember last weekend when I was reading both Cinder and Bright Young Things? Yeah, those got thrown to the side when I found out that Losing Hope, the upcoming companion to Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless, was up on Netgalley.

My Review:

Normally I would post a brief synopsis, but this book is different. I was originally wary of Losing Hope for two reasons.

#1: Let’s be honest: Could ANYTHING top Hopeless? Hopeless was nothing like I expected and broke my heart in every way possible. I loved Holder, but, come on. There was no topping it. —Or, was there?

#2: I’d never read a retelling from another character’s point of view. Was I basically going to just read the same story over again?

Both of those doubts were thrown out the window.

Losing Hope is just as heartbreaking and beautiful because the reader gets to see into Holder’s thoughts, past, and motives. We learn about his confrontation with Grayson and Les’ death–another thing he blames himself for. We see his internal conflict of whether or not to tell Sky who she is. The entire thing blew me away. It was just as good and it definitely wasn’t the same book over again. In fact, I was still on-edge even though I really knew what was going to happen in the end.

THAT is how you write a good story, folks. Keep the reader hooked even when he or she knows the outcome.

Book Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Summary taken from Amazon:

Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies?Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust—and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

Sky, a senior in high school, meets Dean Holder, a guy with a promiscuous reputation that rivals her own. From their very first encounter, he terrifies and captivates her. Something about him sparks memories of her deeply troubled past, a time she’s tried so hard to bury. Though Sky is determined to stay far away from him, his unwavering pursuit and enigmatic smile break down her defenses and the intensity of the bond between them grows. But the mysterious Holder has been keeping secrets of his own, and once they are revealed, Sky is changed forever and her ability to trust may be a casualty of the truth.

Only by courageously facing the stark revelations can Sky and Holder hope to heal their emotional scars and find a way to live and love without boundaries. Hopeless is a novel that will leave you breathless, entranced, and remembering your own first love.

My Review: 5/5 stars

As I said yesterday, I grappled with what to post on this book. It left me absolutely speechless. A friend highly recommended this book. We don’t really share the same tastes in books, but I’d been interested in Hopeless because of how long it was #1 on Kindle. I wondered if it could POSSIBLY meet the hype that I knew it had. Again, I was left speechless.

I laughed. I cried. I literally GASPED. I hurt. I thought.

I kept trying to guess what was coming and Mrs. Hoover kept throwing me curve balls. This book broke my heart, ripped it out, and stomped on it. Without giving anything away, Sky and Holder’s story could happen in real life to some extent. I think that’s part of what made this novel so beautiful. Yes, it was sad. However, every now and then I like to take a break from fantasy and remember that the real world has awful things that happen all the time. Yes, that’s not good or happy. That’s not my point. My point is that life is what you make of it and a person can overcome anything–as evidenced by Sky and Holder. It may be painful and it may be hard, but life always goes on. I think that’s the absolute most beautiful thing about Hopeless. It reminds us that life goes on.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Are parts of it hard to swallow? Yes. Completely. However, this is a heartbreaking book that still has a place. I hate that there are Skies in the world, but I know from the media that “Sky” exists.

Books & More

I finished Kiss & Makeup and very much enjoyed it. A review may or may not be coming since I’d already mentioned it a good bit while I was reading. Yesterday I read Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless. I was interested in it because of a friend’s recommendation and its constant spot on top of the Amazon charts. I want to blog about it, but I’m still speechless. I may get to it tomorrow. I wanted to post something today, but I’m still getting my feelings in order.

In unrelated news, I will officially be a college graduate in about 12 or so hours!! Look out, education world!