All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books
Published on July 17, 2018
Genres: Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Marriage & Divorce, Romance
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Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.
Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.
All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?
“I am so alone. We live together. We eat together. We sleep together. But I have never felt more alone in my entire life.”
I have read and reviewed CoHo books before. People rave about Colleen Hoover. It was years before I tried reading her work and it left me feeling like I was missing something and everyone else was getting it. She is many people’s favorite author, or she wrote their favorite book… and I’m over here averaging everything I read by her at around 3 stars. I figure it’s me, not her. She is a great writer, I just never had my AHA! moment. But every time a new book is coming out and I am given opportunity to check out her new work, I take it. Every time, I say “This might be MY CoHo book. This could be the one that changes the game for me.” I always go in open minded and ready for it. I have been let down just a little every time. Until now.
This book changed everything. I mean, I am getting emotional just trying to write this review. (Its hard to type around the tears.) I almost don’t know what to say. It’s hard to write this without giving away some part of myself to anyone reading this. But I feel like anyone who has ever been married and been through rough times (book reference: Category 5 and higher) could relate to this book in a heart wrenching way.
First, let me just say that I am not personally affected by the problem that is the driving factor of the marital issues in this book, if you would like to know what I mean, click this very light spoiler, might not even be a spoiler but just in case….View Spoiler »The large problem is infertility, which I have not been affected by, however someone VERY close to me has. « Hide Spoiler. So while my beginning issues are not the same, the results of those issues are the same, and that is where this book got me. The fallout. What is left after everything.
The conflicting feelings of wanting someone so desperately, while also wanting nothing more than to avoid them, and by doing so, avoid facing the issues. Wanting to touch them or be touched by them, yet turning as far away from them as possible in bed at night. Its the epitome of being in love while still falling apart. It’s painful. It’s depressing. It makes you feel like a failure.
In our defense, it’s hard to admit that a marriage might be over when the love is still there. People are led to believe that a marriage ends only when the love has been lost. When anger replaces happiness. When contempt replaces bliss.
Its like Colleen took all these thoughts and feelings I have suffered with over the years and stole them from me and put them in a book. Broke down the pieces and made us look at them through a different lens. Part of me is angry, because it stirred up all of this emotion and made me face it again, I cried out of sadness, anger and of sympathizing with the characters. The other part of me is relieved, because words have been put to it, in a more beautiful way than I could have ever done. For some people this could be healing, for others, maybe it is more awakening. Maybe it’s both.
One of the most beautiful things about this book is that it instills hope. Hope that things can be overcome. Hope that we can change and grow as people and still love the people we have become as much as we loved the version of us that we first fell in love with. Hope that love can be unconditional, if you find the right person. I can’t find enough words to express how I connected with this book. I loved it. I hated it. I loved it. I want to hug it. (Oh just wait till I get to meet Colleen next year when I work Apollycon. I will hug the shit out of her and maybe slap her too.) This is a solid 5 star read. Please take the time to read this book. It is worth every second of your time.
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