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Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2015
(PureTextuality.com)I am pretty new to the phenomenon that is Colleen Hoover. I had heard all about her books and finally read one, Maybe Someday, and realized just how good of a writer she is. So when Lexxie at Unconventional Book Views reviewed November 9 recently, I immediately bought and read it. As in, I could literally not put it down.
It’s Fallon’s last day in California, as she is moving to New York. She’s out to lunch with her arrogant actor father and having a rough time of it. Fallon’s face and left side were burned in a fire a couple of years before while she was staying with her dad. Her father tries to convince her that she can no longer have a career as an actor and even brings up the fact that she no longer even dates. Cringe worthy! When Ben steps in and pretends to be her boyfriend in order to get her father to lay off her, it begins an odyssey for both Fallon and Ben.
Both characters are eighteen and Ben is a college student/writer. Fallon had starred on a television show, but lost the job after the fire. November 9 is now, both the anniversary of the fire, and of their meeting. They spend the day together and each realizes that they have found someone special. They agree to meet on each November 9, until they are twenty three. Twenty three because that’s the age her mother thinks most people know what they want in life. So they agree to a pact-no phone calls, no numbers, no social media,or emails exchanged. Nothing but waiting for the next year.
The premise was different, and although there are similar book/movies out there, this one was a completely different type of story.Of course, I haven’t even delved into half of what happens in this read. Things aren’t always as they seem and sometimes people harbor huge secrets-the kind of secrets that are life changing. Sometimes, people can be completely wrong in their estimation of another person and that is explored as well. The book jumps in time from one November 9th, to the next.
Fallon and Ben were fascinating characters. Both have flaws and both have things that cause them angst.They are real in their feelings for each other, but as in life, five years can bring many changes and does for both.The reader is witness to all the changes in both of their lives, and to the deepening of their feelings for each other. What maddened me at times was that they go so long without being able to call or contact each other-relying on others to do so when needed and only on November 9th. In that respect, it was kind of unbelievable for me and had me practically yelling at my book at times.
Hoover’s writing is nothing short of amazing as can be expected from a #1 New York Times bestselling author. If you enjoy having all the “feels” in a read, this one definitely measures up, and in a big way.There’s a beautiful romance here, but the reader has to go through some major turmoil at times to get to the end. I think I loved every minute of the journey.
Highly recommended adult read.