Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: November 10, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
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.
“You left with my soul in your fists and my heart in your teeth, and I don’t want either of them back.”
Colleen Hoover, what did you just do to my heart? You just turned me into a crying mess! Now I’m in a full on sob fest.
I don’t think this review of mine can give justice to this amazing novel but let me just tell you that November 9 is simply beautiful! And beautiful does not even begin to describe it. It’s BOOK-WORTHY. The kind of book that will hook you, consume you, and OWN you from the very beginning up to end.
November 9 begins when Fallon O’Neil and Ben Kessler met at a restaurant in Los Angeles on the 9th of November. Despite having an instant connection with each other, Fallon thought that she’s not yet ready to fall in love and commit herself into a relationship, thus she told Ben that she’ll start dating him only when she reach the age of 23– which will be five years after their first meeting. Before she moved to New York, they both decided to meet once a year– same place, same date– November 9.
So I thought that was just all about it. And I was wrong. Because there were too many things that happened in this book and the PLOT was done in an outrageous and intricate manner. That’s how I know that Colleen Hoover once again did a great job– when she was able to make me pause and contemplate about the series of events in the story.
“When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.
What especially made me love the book were the main characters. Ben and Fallon are well fleshed-out characters. Ben especially. This man. I appreciate Ben’s character because it’s so easy to connect with him. He has a way words that can melt one’s heart. Not to mention what a damn hot writer he is. And Fallon– although I had some issues with her inconsistency, I grew to love her as I began to see how she became a fairly strong and well-developed character from being weak. And well, she’s a book lover and that makes her still a likeable character.
“One of the things I always try to remind myself is that everyone has scars. A lot of them even worse than mine. The only difference is that mine are visible and most people’s aren’t.”
The romance is one of the book’s greatest strengths. Ben and Fallon’s story was poignant and heart-wrenching. All throughout the story I found myself getting scared as to what was going to happen. I got so into the book and I became really nervous because anything could happen. And wow, just when you think it can’t get anymore emotional or heartbreaking, the greatest PLOT TWIST OF ALL PLOT TWISTS happened and then that’s it. I was destroyed. My heart was shattered into a million different pieces. You did it all over again, Colleen Hoover!
It took four years for me to fall in love with him. It only took four pages to stop.
Colleen Hoover’s writing style once again dumbfounded me. It never really gets old to be honest. But I guess I appreciate her more in this book. Her writing here separates November 9 from all the contemporary books I’ve read and even from her previous books, because the concept is unique and amazing. The whole premise and the story itself completely stole my heart, made me smile, fall in love, drown in tears, and reflect the messages behind. I LOVE NOVEMBER 9!Simply one of a kind. It’s now a new favorite of mine– one I will never forget for a very long time!
She’s not the kind of girl you choose your battles for. She’s the kind of girl you fight to the death for.
P.S. Listen to “High Hopes” by Kodaline when you read this book. The feels!
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