ARC Review + Giveaway: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review + Giveaway: November 9 by Colleen Hoover
November Nine

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: November 10th 2015
Published by Atria Books
Pages: 320
 

“The concept of their relationship?  Genius!”
~ Under the Covers

NOVEMBER 9 is an unexpectedly sweet book that was an overall pleasure to read. The story is character driven and I couldn’t help but fall for them and their very different relationship.

Both the hero and heroine are 18 when they meet on November 9.  The anniversary of when Fallon was caught in a house fire and was scarred.  And the date that from that point forward becomes the only day a year in which Fallon and Ben meet for the next five years.  The concept of their relationship?  Genius!  I loved seeing them together for just those brief glimpses.  And how the author doesn’t really give the reader any more insight into their lives than what they see that day.  Some things were easier to figure out than others, but each time they grew, matured, faced different obstacles in life.  And as little time as they actually spent together, I could totally see how they could fall for each other.

I am not a fan of the big twists and the mountain of coincidences that bring stories full circle, but I think Ms. Hoover did a pretty good at making that work for me in this book. Because yes, expect that towards the end things will undoubtedly come full circle in ways that you don’t know if the characters can recover from. Kuddos to her for making me like something that I normally don’t. But the fact that the story didn’t quite need to be that shocking was the reason I had to take some points off my rating.  As much as I read, I am not think I’m desensitized for traumatic events.  I don’t need one shoved after the other to rank up the angst.  One or two are quite enough to drive that point home.

Another thing I liked was how the author writes the unveiling of this twist I talk about.  And I think not rushing through that built up the emotional connection even more.

I did find one connection that slipped past me until a bit farther in the book and that’s the fact that Ben’s brother is Ian from UGLY LOVE.  It sort of made me want to re-read parts of that book so I could try and figure out if we had any clues about his family in that book that tie into this one!

Overall, NOVEMBER 9 is not quite as deep to me as some of Hoover’s earlier work, but it definitely is the one that stands out from what she’s been writing lately.  That ease at navigating her characters feelings and dragging you along with them until you care enough to want them to find an HEA, that’s back in NOVEMBER 9.  Ben and Fallon are two beautifully damaged souls that have to learn to stand on their own two feet, alone, before they can finally be together.

Favorite quote:

“I don’t want to be your first, Fallon. I want to be your last.”spacer

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About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels and five novellas. Hoover’s novels fall into the New Adult and Young Adult contemporary romance categories.

Hoover published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012. It debuted at #5 on the New York Times. Since then, all her eligible works have become New York Times best sellers.

Colleen Hoover is published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. Colleen also has several self-published titles.

In 2013, Colleen’s third novel, Hopeless, was the first self-published novel to reach #1 on The New York Times, where it remained for several weeks. Hopeless went on to become one of the top 20 bestselling ebooks of 2013.

In 2015, Colleen’s novel CONFESS won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance. That was followed up in 2016 with her latest title, It Ends With Us, also winning the Choice Award for Best Romance. In 2017, her title WITHOUT MERIT won best romance.

Her novel CONFESS has been filmed as a series by Awestruck and is available on Go90.com. Katie Leclerc and Ryan Cooper star in the series.

Colleen founded The Bookworm Box, a charity subscription service and bookstore, with her family in 2015. The Bookworm Box is a subscription service that provides readers with an exciting opportunity to receive signed novels in the mail each month from authors all over the world. All profits from the subscription service are donated to various charities each month. To date, The Bookworm Box has donated over $1,000,000 to help those in need.

Colleen’s next release is All Your Perfects, a contemporary romance novel due to release through Atria Books in July, 2018

 

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Timitra

I like the sound of this …thanks for the review Francesca

Amy R

Sounds good, thanks for the review.

Elizabeth

The fact that this isn’t as deep as her others may make it a good pick for me

EC

Nice review!