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Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

Confess by Colleen HooverConfess by Colleen Hoover

Published March 10th 2015 by Atria Books.


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Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin… (Goodreads)

I finished reading this on New Year’s Eve and what a fantastic way to finish out the 2015 reading year. I’m slightly bummed I already filmed my best & worst of 2015 before I finished reading this one because it would have taken the place of Hopeless because wow, it was just so good! First of all, let’s stop and appreciate that cover. It’s stunning. Definitely cover crush-worthy. As always I avoided spoilers on this like the plague and I am so glad I did. Right before I picked it up I heard someone say it had a twist they weren’t expecting so as I started it I knew there would be a twist and I thought I knew what was going to happen, because I do watch Hallmark channel quite a bit, let’s be real, but nope I was completely not expecting either of those twists. The first twist I figured out just 2 pages shy of the reveal and the final one I was almost upset because I was thinking it was going to be left open with a huge plot hole. Instead, Hoover waited until the last minute and it worked out so much better than I could have ever imagined.

This had me on the edge of my seat the entire time I read it. I just kept wanting to know what’s next, what’s next? Told from dual perspectives, you’re able to see what is happening from both Auburn and Owen. The plot does not always follow a linear plotline but it is easy to keep up with and I was never confused. I fell in love with Auburn, her strength and her weakness. Owen was just such a great guy. Owen is an artist so there was the added artistic element of the paintings and the confessions and I wish I could have gotten more of those because they were so interesting. Knowing the confessions came from real people just added an additional element of intrigue. Artist extraordinaire, Danny O’Connor knocked it out of the park with the paintings featured in Confess. I love that they were pictured in the text as well as inserted as full page color.

artwork by danny o'connor

I’ll love you forever.

Even when I can’t.

~Colleen Hoover, Confess

This story makes you feel so many things. The good, the bad, the exciting, and even the heartbreaking. When Auburn cried. I did too. This book touched me to my core. I rated this an obvious 5 stars and I absolutely cannot wait to read more from Colleen Hoover. She hasn’t disappointed me yet!

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