Published by Atria Books Genres: New Adult, Romance
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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.
REVIEW: November 9 is a very sweet and heart breaking story of a young couple who find themselves in the most interesting circumstances but under circumstances that might’ve been manipulated. I am a big fan of young love, and stories that are border line realistic and that the characters feel like someone I know or at least someone I can relate.
November 9 is the story of Fallon an 18 year old girl whose career and life was altered by a fire that not only scarred her physically but also emotionally. Fallon & Ben are young, inexperience but each carries big burden, guilt, regrets & anger. This story explores the many aspects of these characters’ life, from the decisions they made to the outcome and consequences of those decisions.
The story has a nice flows, it is told from a dual point of view which allows the reader to easily experience the characters from different perspective. The author did a great job describing their emotions, their sensibilities & their fears. In terms the reader is able to experience the characters at a different level. The author also manages to create some interesting twist that puts the reader at a difficult spot that without realizing forces us to judge the credibility and sincerity of these characters while also making us question the validity of love and at what cost are we willing to pay in order to see it through.
November 9 is a story that plays with an ideal, with a dream that all relationships should be based on trust and understanding, and while these characters decisions and actions affect that very concept, it is difficult to trust and believe that their feelings are real. But at the same time the author manages to incite credibility and understanding because no matter the consequences of their action accountability is established and even assumed. I enjoyed this story, I think it is nicely executed, however it also brings questions to the table as to how much as we willing to sacrifice of ourselves in the name of love. The characters were mature, even more than I expected. Their emotions and feelings felt real and their passion and love did not feel any less intense than many other romance I have read in the past.
Overall, November 9 is a very well written story of love, trust, regrets and accountability. I think Colleen Hoover has proven to have what it takes to keep the reader enthralled with high emotions and twists that define the way in which one reads young adult/new adult romance. Hoover makes her stories passionate without pushing or making the characters sexuality a focal point and that’s something I find quite refreshing.
Do I recommend this book? Yes
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