by Colleen Hoover
Published November 10th 2015
“You’ll never be able to find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.”
This is the first review on a book from my favorite author. I love Collen Hoover and her amazing books. This one though gave me a hangover and I couldn’t pick another book for a while after it.
In all honesty, I think every reader should experience the book I their own way. I went in blind and I guess that’s what made me love it even more. I had no expectations of it, I just read it throughout the night unable to put it down. The whole concept of the story made it even more intriguing.
“You left with my soul in your fists and my heart in your teeth, and I don’t want either of them back.”
The book starts with Ben and Fallon at eighteen years old. Fallon is at a turning point in her life having decided to leave home and head to New York to try and make it in Broadway. They decide to spend the last few hour together and they connect immensely that they decide to be meeting up every year at the same place on the same date, November 9th. The date is of significance to Fallon and this brings up an opportunity to make it a positive day in her life.
“If she’s not careful, I might just fall in love with her. Tonight.”
During their time away from each other, they are meant to try and achieve something that they wish to but are afraid to. They will then give a report of some sort at their next meeting date. Knowing the authors previous books, I knew a few crushing moments would be thrown in there and she did not disappoint.
“She’s not the kind of girl you choose your battles for. She’s the kind of girl you fight to the death for.”
Their attraction grows throughout the years and I honestly thought that they were in a relationship the whole time. I guess they were in one just not the one I hoped for. They are the couple you root for form the start to finish and get really mad at when they don’t scoop up an opportunity to be together.
I know that the whole girl with low self-esteem thing has been overdone but this one was an exception for me. I guess I just fell in love with the story so much it didn’t irritate me as much as it usually does. I could feel her pain and understand completely why she was that way.
“One of the things I always try to remind myself is that everyone has scars,” she says. “A lot of them even worse than mine. The only difference is that mine are visible and most people’s aren’t.”
But all through the book you get the sense that Ben is hiding something and I could tell what the whole mysterious thing about him was long before it was revealed. The way it was revealed is what made it different for me. I loved how the author delivered that. And even though the secret was shitty, I can’t help but say I sympathized with him.
This is one book that had me crying throughout. And if you don’t know, I love a book that can make me ugly cry. This one did it just right. There were so many happy moments and even more heartbreaking moments. It also had some unnecessary drama here and there that irritated the hell out of me but not enough to hate the book.
“Whether or not the couple ends up together at the end of a book doesn’t determine whether that book has a happy ending or not. As long as the two people end up happy, it doesn’t really matter if they end up happy together.”
All in all, it was an amazing read. I loved it and would highly recommend it.