“When you find love you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”
Fallon O’Neil is 16 when she is severely injured in a house fire. As an up and coming actress, her career is damaged after her burns heal but the scars remain. Fallon loses all self-esteem and confidence while wallowing in pity. That is until she meets Benton James Kessler, the day she moves to New York. A romance begins immediately but due to Fallon’s need to love herself and find herself, they agree to meet once a year on November 9th for the next five years with no contact in between.
CoHo does it again. She knocks it out of the park. Home runs all around. So far, her male protagonists eerily remind me of my partner. The perfectly imperfect male where no matter what he does and how bad it is, he still seems so perfect and so loveable. Even when you know you should be really mad or hate them, you cannot help but love them.
I instantly wanted to be Fallon’s friend. I wanted to boost her confidence, cheer her on and build her up. The more I got to know her, the more I wished that she were real. Even though she does wallow in her self-pity, she still is incredibly tenacious when it comes to her dreams and goals. No matter who tells her what she can and cannot achieve, she stills gives it all she can.
Ben the Writer is mysterious and I loved this element of him. Every once and a while there is a hint of something that lets you know that you don’t actually know everything about him.
Colleen Hoover sends you on an emotional roller coaster. I wish I could detail how the scenes made me feel but they only way to do that is by giving spoilers and I would much rather you just pick up the book and read it. She alternates from Fallon’s POV to Ben’s POV, which really works for this type of book. She also doesn’t detail the same things again and again, she just moves onto the next part but told from the others perspective.
Hoover makes you question what you would do in their situation constantly. She leaves you understanding both sides and personally, I still don’t know what I would do. CoHo also teaches you that love really does conquer all and not in a cheap cliché way but in a meaningful and thought provoking way.
“No combination of written words could ever do this moment justice.”
My recommendation: grab the tissues and clear your schedule because you wont be able to put down this book.
TITLE: November 9
AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PLATFORM: Library Paperback
GOODREADS CHALLENGE: 213/150
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