AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover
EDITION: Paperback, 310 pages | Published By: Atria Books
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: 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.
MY THOUGHTS: Having a 2 year old and being six months pregnant doesn’t leave me much time for reading these days… HOWEVER, that DID NOT stop me from binge reading this book in a matter of a weekend. It was THAT good. Not that I expect anything less from a Colleen Hoover novel, considering that I did the same thing with Maybe Someday.
The second I opened this book and began reading I was hooked on Fallon’s story. She begins the story as this horribly insecure person because of scars left on her body after she was stuck in a house fire. She blames her father, since he has taken responsibility for the blaze, and therefore her already struggling relationship with him is in even more turmoil. Upon the eve of her move to NYC to try her hand at acting on Broadway – since her film acting career was cut short by the deformities left by the fire – Fallon finds herself at breakfast with her father, breaking the news that she is moving. He isn’t thrilled at the news, and all but tells her that her career is over due to the scars on her face and body, and to try something else, like college.
Overhearing all of this is Ben Kessler. Unable to sit and listen to this conversation, Ben jumps in and pretends to be Fallon’s boyfriend, which renders her father speechless, and leads to one of the most intense, incredible romances I’ve ever read about.
Unable to end their short relationship, Fallon invites Ben back to her apartment to help her pack. They get to know each other a little bit, and decide to meet up once a year, every November 9th. Not only will this give them time to get to know each other slowly, but it gives Ben a story line for his novel.
Over the course of the book, we follow Fallon and Ben each November 9th. We see how each has grown and changed, and how the effects of only talking and seeing each other once a year has on a relationship. I fell in love with this book so hard, and maybe reading it while pregnant wasn’t the best idea, since my emotions are already so messed up, but this book definitely gave me some wicked emotional whiplash. There is just so much love, hate, sadness and sorrow, life and death, heartache, heartbreak… you name it.
I did think I had the book slightly figured out at one point – assuming that Fallon and Ben would not end up together after a line about how a book can have a happy ending without the main characters being together, as long as they’re happy apart. But I won’t spoil it for you – you’ll have to read and find out if they win in the end.
If you’re a fan of other Colleen Hoover books, new adult, or are looking for somewhere to start in the contemporary romance genre then November 9 is a GREAT place to start.