Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Diary Entry #0049: I Read November 9 On December 23rd And It Was Awesome

Title: November 9
by Colleen Hoover
Date of Publication: November 10th 2015
Genre: New Adult | Contemporary Romance

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.

 “As long as the two people end up happy, it doesn’t really matter if they end up happy together.”

This. This book the is the Colleen Hoover I know and love.

I finished reading the book a couple of hours before writing this review. I guess I just had to organize my thoughts because this book left my brain scrambled to mush. So here it goes…

Right off the bat, I knew I was going to love this book. Fallon’s sass was one I’m always looking for in female MCs. Meanwhile, I immediately thought that Benton James Kessler was the most perfect guy that Colleen Hoover has ever written. I seriously couldn’t find any flaw with him, which I guess was a little short-sighted since I decided that fact during the first November 9th.

Anyway, Ben and Fallon’s banters made me laugh. There was one instance where I had to actually cover my face with a pillow to muffle my squeal that part was Ben booksting Fallon lol. I was falling in love with them one November 9th at a time. I didn’t think that this book will be literally told just through the day they meet every November 9th but it was and somehow, that worked. Even with all those missing years in between them, I didn’t find myself asking for those because one day every year is enough to make me connect with Ben and Fallon’s character.

“Why didn’t you tell me that the foundation you taught me to stand on is made from quicksand?"

When everything fell apart, I also did. Colleen Hoover has this way of pulling the rug from underneath you that’s so devastating. I saw it coming, honestly, but I was denying my own theories because they’re too painful. But even though I was kind of expecting some stuff, especially the one that occurred in the fourth November 9th, I was still shocked because the characters I trusted managed to act so rashly that resulted to my heartbreak. I mean, what did I ever do to you???

And then, just when I thought that everything’s on the road to unicorns and rainbows, Colleen pulls out her last magic trick from her evil-genius hat and turns everything to…well, nothing but broken pieces scattered all over the floor.

And I so loved it.
Overall, November 9 was an emotional roller coaster ride. It had a lot of ups during the first few Novembers and an equal amount of low downs towards the end. This made me laugh a lot, cry a lot (lot, lot, lot, lot), doubt love and believe in its power all over again. Definitely one of Colleen Hoover's finest work to date.

5/5 Book-worthy Stars

1 comment:

  1. I've heard so many wonderful things about this book from multiple other bloggers. I planned to read it anyway, but your review has made me so excited. It sounds incredibly unique and emotional, can't wait to get a copy!