November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria
Published on November 10th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 of 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.
5 “I’m not finished falling in love with you yet.” stars
ALL. THE. FEELS!!
OMG, Colleen Hoover! You have taken my poor little heart on a ride with this book. From bursting with joy and the glory of love, to broken, then smashed, then shattered on the floor, and healed again in the most perfect way. This book made me feel it all! Fallon and Ben’s story is a wonderfully original story with humour, angst, heartache and moments of pure romantic perfection (oh, and one kickass book boyfriend!). I absolutely loved it.
Fallon (aspiring actress) and Ben (aspiring writer) meet in unique circumstances on November 9th when they are both 18. It’s the day before Fallon moves from LA to NYC to pursue her dreams, but in the brief time they spend together they share a connection which leads to them spending the day together. And it’s the perfect day – they joke and banter, they share their hopes and dreams (and even a kiss or two) and they unknowingly provide each other with the confidence and motivation to take charge of their lives. And at the end of the day they reluctantly part, but with the promise to go off and make their dreams happen, and then meet up on the same day each year for the next 5 years to check in with each other.
“You’ll never be able to find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.”
That’s all I’m going to say about the story. I went in blind, and I suggest you do to because watching it all play out with no idea where it’s all going to go is part of the experience.
Fallon and Ben are incredible characters, the kind of characters you fall in immediate love with – real, but perfect in that flawed kind of way that makes you able to relate to them, and want them as your best friend and/or boyfriend. Coho does the best relationships – playfulness mixed with flirting, intense chemistry and epic banter, and this book is no exception, it’s so, so goooood!! Every action and every word out of their mouths is absolutely perfect for their situation, and I was in mad love with these two together before it even got close to the really nitty gritty stuff.
“Fucking beautiful,” I whisper.
She smiles and then ducks her head. “I feel stupid.”
“I barely know you, so I’m not about to argue with you over your level of intelligence, because you could very well be as dumb as a rock. But at least you’re pretty.”
His mouth, coupled with the way his hand is sliding down my arm, is all too much. So much. Good much. So good. I just whimpered.
“I missed you,” he says. “A lot. And screw it if I’m not supposed to admit that, but I tried the whole alpha-male thing for two seconds and I just can’t do it. So you don’t get alpha-Ben today. I’m sorry.”
He grins. “Can I keep you?”
Told in dual POV, the story follows Fallon and Ben over the years – but only on November 9, their agreed date to meet. The intensity of their connection never waivers, and I love the way that is explored, but things become complicated as life continues on its path while their feelings for each other only deepen.
“I thought I was tougher than a word … But I just discovered that having to say goodbye to you is one of the hardest things to do.”
The direction the story goes in took me by complete surprise, and I lapped up every moment of it even though parts of it tore my heart out and I felt the need to get slappy on more than occasion. There are some very surprising twists and turns and honestly, it’s not the way I wanted their story to go, but it went there, and the way it was written was sensational! I felt every single moment, and as the story builds to its conclusion, my heart was pounding waiting to see how it was all going to end. And even with tears streaming down my face I trusted Coho to give me an ending worthy of the romance, angst and heartache, and she didn’t let me down.
“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.”
Funny, romantic, heartbreaking and sweet, I devoured this book and couldn’t get enough. It’s an amazingly beautiful love story and I know it’s going to be one that stays with me for a long time.
I absolutely loved it – 5 stars