Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Published November 10th, 2015 by Atria Books.
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. (Goodreads)
Disclaimer: For some reason I feel like I always have to defend Colleen Hoover books. People think they are messed up, foster unhealthy relationships, show weakness, are unrealistic, etc. For anyone that says those things I wish they could have lived through a few of my relationships. Not that I would even wish those relationships on them by any means, but maybe they would shut those people the hell up and they would realize not all men are great guys who say and do the right thing all the time. Maybe they would realize that even strong women can sometimes be weak. Maybe people do stay in shitty relationships and hide their feelings, possibly even bury them in even more unhealthy relationships. Maybe they even know they’re in a toxic relationship but don’t know the way out. Maybe it even took those crappy relationships to make them strong. Maybe it was those exact things that made them appreciate who they are with and how they got to where they are today. So never act like you’re better than someone else, even if it is a character in a book. These characters are living their life, now you live yours.
Ugly Love disappointed me and I was worried what that meant about my love for Colleen Hoover books. November 9 was also on my TBR for February and I couldn’t help but Snapchat my friends Nicole and Marija because I was pretty much freaking out. So many people complain about Colleen Hoover books about how they glorify unhealthy ideals and Ugly Love did display some questionable scenes. I also had recently watched a review about November 9 and that reviewer said they quit reading 30 pages from the end. They also mentioned a few scenes in the book that had me worried that maybe November 9 would display the same things I didn’t like about Ugly Love. BUT…. I loved November 9!!
Whew! Colleen Hoover did it again. She wrote about a relationship that might seem unlikely but still is believable. It deals with life and how sometimes it can throw you crazy curve balls and even if you think you know what is going to happen that’s not at all what is actually going to happen. Those readers who read Colleen Hoover books trying to figure out the twist just don’t get what Hoover is trying to do. These aren’t mystery novels people. These are new adult romance stories.
OK, so there were a couple things that bothered me so let me talk about those first. The first thing, however minor is look at that release date. Talk about a missed opportunity! The second thing while I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it either. All the bookish lingo. Yes, I get that Ben is an aspiring novelist and that yes, Fallon reads a lot but I just didn’t love seeing all that lingo used in the dialogue. It almost seemed trendy. It felt like Colleen Hoover was saying look at me I know what the cool kids call it. I think the lingo could have been left out.
Everything else about November 9 I absolutely loved. The scenes I was worried about were not an issue. In fact, I think the reviewer was looking for things to not like about the book. She made them seem so much worse than they were.
Fallon is having lunch with her father before her flight leaves for New York. She is moving across the country to start over. During the conversation with her father he says some pretty upsetting things to Fallon. At one point she has to step away and visits the restroom. On the way she passes Ben who is sitting in a booth typing away on his laptop. She thinks he is cute but Fallon feels ugly because of her scars and shies away from ever making eye contact with him. After returning to the table Fallon’s father continues to upset Fallon and Ben swoops into the booth with Fallon and her father pretending to be Fallon’s boyfriend. Fallon is of course shocked but decides to go along with it. Ben stands up for Fallon and tells her dad what a douche he is being to her. Score one for Fallon & Ben. After lunch they spend a bit of time together before Fallon’s flight later that night. They have such a good time and are attracted to each other so they agree to meet next year at a set time and place. That day? November 9. Fallon understands that if she gives Ben her number or they exchange social media information instead of moving to New York and living her life she’ll be obsessed with waiting for Ben to call, text, etc. So instead of exchanging numbers they blocked each other on all social media and decide to live their lives and to just show up next year on November 9th and see what happens.
What kept things interesting is they planned to do that for the next five years. When Fallon was younger her mother told her that she shouldn’t start dating guys until she was 23, so ever since then that’s what Fallon has lived by. When Fallon and Ben met for the first time they were 18, so in five years Fallon figured if things went well maybe she could indulge.
I don’t want to spoil anything because I loved not knowing what was going to happen. It’s safe to say things never get dull. I rated November 9 by Colleen Hoover 5 stars.
“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.”