Book Review #32: November 9- Colleen Hoover


Title: November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication: November 10th 2015, Atria Books
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Pages: 310
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1501110349 / 9781501110344

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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.

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“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.”

What would you do if the person you love the most is the same exact person who took your dreams away? Could the love you have for him be enough to outweigh the pain? Or is it plainly, and simply a goodbye? Well, those are the questions that boggled my mind because of this another heart-wrenching and shocking piece of Hoover. And to tell you the truth, I still don’t have any answer to these questions, but I am happy that Fallon got hers.

“You’ll never be able to find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.”

It started with them meeting on a very unexpected place, time and circumstance- and these contributed to them having one of the most idealistic and unique love story than the rest. This story is about the November 9s shared by Fallon, an ex-actress whose father is a full-time jerk and a half-time actor, and Ben the writer. This story is one of the most unusual setting I’ve read since the main characters decided to meet once every year, and it is something that I look forward too. I realized that though they meet on the same day, November 9, every year is different but their feelings are the same since day 1.

“Whoever said the truth hurts was being an optimist. The truth is an excruciatingly painful son of a bitch.”

Actually, I think that the very edge of this book is that the characters are having their own struggle, and overcoming it. I like that Hoover showed how fucked-up Ben is, and how hard he try correct his mistakes and life; also, there is this girl, Fallon who heartily embraced her major flaw. This only goes to show that Fallon and Ben are also human, not close to perfection and capable of hurting and be hurt, of loving and be loved, of forgiving and be forgiven.  The turn of events, I must admit, was really shocking. It was like a punch I didn’t expect. Also, there came a time that I needed to stop reading and told myself, “You need to stop holding your breath and breathe. This isn’t true, okay?!!!!!!! *mentally and emotionally break down*”

“She’s not the kind of girl you choose your battles for. She’s the kind of girl you fight to the death for.”

Overall, I did like this book. It’s one of those good New Adult that I’ve read. However, some of the circumstances in this book seemed a little idealistic to me- Meeting once a year for 5 long  years is like one in a million probability that will happen to someone. But of course, Hoover was still able to pull it off, and I’m really looking forward to read more of her works. And I hope it’s more of a realistic and more legit cheesy romance book!




Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Confess, Ugly Love, Maybe Someday, Hopeless, Slammed, It Ends with Us, etc. Her genre focuses on Young adult and New adult, and she was nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards Best Romance. To know more about her, head on to her facebook account. ☺️


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