My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Atria Books
Date of Publication: 10 November 2015
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)
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.
First of all, let me just start off this review by quoting the brilliant and handsome Benton James Kessler. This book was “fucking beautiful”. November 9 was the second book by Colleen Hoover that I’ve read, the first being Confess, and I am quickly starting to fall in love with Hoover as an author. Her stories are always so captivating and beautiful. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the character, flaws and all. I’m excited to see what else Colleen Hoover has in store for me.
November 9 follows two characters Fallon and Ben who promise each other to meet at the same place every year, on November 9th. This date is the anniversary of a tragedy that plagues both Fallon and Ben. Fallon moves to New York to find a new career and Ben stays in Los Angeles to finish school at UCLA. He also starts writing his first romance novel, on Fallon’s order, about them.
The story seemed so interesting when I read the synopsis. I thought that the book would be a lot like the movie One Day. And I wasn’t completely wrong. The only parts you can read about the characters is what they do on November 9th. But unlike the movie, the characters actually meet on the date instead of just showing where they are that date, like in One Day. It was so well done that even though you don’t exactly know what happened after November 9th of a particular year, you don’t feel lost the next time Ben and Fallon meet up.
There were a couple of issues I had with the book. Firstly, I hate miscommunication in books. And yeah I know it helps create tension and blah blah, but I just cannot stand it. It frustrates the living cheesus out of me! Secondly, the plot of the book was great and interesting and whatever, but about 40% into the book I already guessed the huge plot twist in the book. After I had this brain fart that basically spoiled the rest of the book for me I just kept thinking “Please let me be wrong. It would suck if I were right”. And then it turned out that I was right, and I was disappointed, because the plot twist wasn’t that huge after I guessed it way too early in the book. Sorry… I’m ranting now.
Rant aside I really did enjoy this book. And as I said, Colleen Hoover is fast becoming a favourite of mine in the romance department. Her characters are relatable and likeable even if they are so very flawed. Actually her characters are relatable and likeable BECAUSE they are so flawed.
This was definitely a very good read and I’d probably read it again. 🙂
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