REVIEW: Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

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“Sometimes you have to walk away from the fight in order to win it.”

Back of the book blurb:

Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: December 10, 2019
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Pages: 366
ISBN: 9781542016421

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My rating:

            Regretting You is probably one of the most intriguing Colleen Hoover novels to date. It follows two POVs—Morgan Grant and Clara Grant. Two very different people even though they’re mother and daughter. I obviously don’t want to give too much away, but what happens that causes their lives to flip upside down is something I did not see coming at all. Regretting You is a poignant novel filled with love and grief and family dynamics that will follow you long after you finish the book.

“It’s my birthday, and I’m surrounded by everyone important to me, but for some reason, I feel more alone than I’ve ever felt.”

            Again, Regretting You is split into two POVs. Morgan Grant doesn’t know who she is other than Chris’s husband or Clara’s mother. And when her old best friend blasts back into town after having a child with her sister, Morgan realizes that she’s spent her entire life pretending. Pretending to know who she is and what she wants and what makes her happy.

            Colleen is always talking about how her books never really fit into one specific genre. I love that about her. With each Colleen Hoover book, her readers get to experience something completely different. It isn’t the same romance formula every single time. There’s always something new and fresh. I’ve never felt like any two Colleen Hoover books are the same or, honestly, in the same stratosphere. I actually really enjoyed that while Regretting You is definitely romantic, it does focus more on the family dynamic between mother and daughter.

“It means people who make mistakes usually learn from them. That doesn’t make them hypocrites. It makes them experienced.”

            I feel like so much could be learned from Regretting You. And truly, almoste very Colleen Hoover book has some sort of lesson weaved throughout it. It’s never preach-y and it’s never, like, super explicit. It’s more subtle but by the end of the book, you’re almost like, “Damn… I really did learn something.” I think that’s so fun. Especially with Regretting You and the themes of loss of innocence that runs through it.

“’You wouldn’t understand.’ I am so sick of hearing those words. It’s as if adults assume that being sixteen prevents a person from understanding the English language. I understand enough to know that there’s nothing in the world that should keep a parent from their child. Not even grief.”

            Again with the lessons! I love it. I also absolutely adore Clara Grant. It was really interesting to see how you could tell Clara and Morgan were related, but there were subtle differences, even in their voices. I feel like that would be hard to portray in written word, but obviously Colleen executes it with ease. I love how Regretting You showed both Morgan and Clara’s paths of grief and how we never truly know what goes on in anyone else’s heads unless they’re forthcoming with us about it.

“I’ve only ever wanted to be with you.”

            Obviously, Regretting You is filled with Colleen’s signature romance that we have all fallen in love with. And we even get a two-for-one deal! We get two relationships that we fall in love with. I don’t really want to spoil anything, but both heroes were so damn cute and romantic and UGH.

            AND THAT ENDING?! I was sobbing because, oh my god, HOW ROMANTIC?! I could not even believe. And now I’ll be dreaming of having my own man who would do that for me.

“Sometimes when we’re alone, he looks at me in a way that makes me feel empty when he looks away.”

            Regretting You is another triumph from the queen, Colleen Hoover. Definitely pick this one up!

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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  1. Colleen just nails her characters so well. You can love them, be mad at them but understand that they are human and we all make mistakes. Miller is just the swoon-worthy type of teenage boy that I strive for my sons to be.
    The ending was just perfection. You will love this book. :)

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