REVIEW: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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“You can’t leave yet. I’m not finished falling in love with you.” 

Back of the book blurb:

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of 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?

Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781501110344

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A message from the cosmos:

My rating:

Each time I read a new Colleen Hoover book I become terrified. Because each time, I’m like, this is going to be the one. It’s going to be the one that I don’t like. I never think she can top the last book she wrote. But each and every time, she proves me wrong. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALWAYS PROVING ME WRONG COLLEEN HOOVER.

I was a little hesitant when I first started this, but only because Confess left me broken on the floor after finishing it. It was so deep and intense and life changing. When I first started November 9 or is it November Nine? Either way, when I first started it, it didn’t seem to be as serious as Confess and it worried me because I didn’t really want a trivial novel at this point. Of course, I was proved wrong… again! I don’t know what my record is for how many times I’ve cried while reading a book, but I’m sure I broke it while reading November 9. It was probably partly because I was really emotional while reading this but also because the book is just super fucking emotional itself. There is something just so tragic about this story and how they only spend a matter of hours together each year.

I really enjoyed both perspectives in this novel. They were each so poignant and really fun to read. Fallon was a firecracker under that thin—or maybe thick—layer of insecurity. I really loved when she would stand up for herself. Her voice was always so powerful and it broke my heart how the fire had devastated her so much.

Ben was also amazing. I loved how Colleen broke the fourth wall quite a bit with how they talked about novels and the narrators and just the elements of how a novel works. I also loved how Ben didn’t care about being an alpha-male. It’s so nice to see a man so secure in their masculinity and sexuality that he’s fine with being capable of showing emotion and feelings. So many guys today are so worried about masculinity and how showing your feelings have a stigma around it. It was very refreshing.

The storyline was really fun, too. I didn’t know if it’d be like One Day or Love, Rosie but it definitely stood on its own. There were so many beautiful parts to this narrative. I mean, obviously, or else I wouldn’t have cried like six thousand times. There are just so many emotional points in this novel. I can’t. There are also really funny moments in this novel too—it’s not all angst.

Once again, Colleen Hoover slays my entire fucking life. Each of her stories is so unique and her voice is always such an experience. I absolutely love November 9 and everyone should pick it up!

Happy Reading!

The Cosmic Reader

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