Confess by Colleen Hoover
New Adult Standalone
Confession: Writing a review for a Colleen Hoover book is so intimidating. How do you write a review for a genius? Her prose is so eloquent and poetic, I can’t even begin to follow it with my words.
Confession: I have been putting off writing this for 4 days, because words fail me.
Are you here to save me?”
The prologue sucked me in but made me a bit nervous at the same time because it was about an absolutely heartbreaking moment between two teens who are very much in love. But that was just the prologue. Then the book skips a few years ahead…
Auburn is struggling to make ends meet in a new town where she is lonely, in a new state, filled with nothing but strangers. She hates her job, misses her home, and can’t stand the choices she has made in her life. While she is wallowing in her misery as she walks home, she sees a Help Wanted sign at a place called Confess. The windows are covered in random confessions that Colleen said were obtained from her actual readers.
Every day I’m grateful that my husband and his brother look exactly alike. It means there’s less of a chance that my husband will find out that our son isn’t his.”
Owen Gentry is an artist and Confess is his studio. He has a showing that night, and needs immediate help. When I began this book, I had an arc without the images, and Colleen’s words described the paintings vividly.
It’s somehow breathtaking and beautiful all at once. The painting is of a woman who seems to encompass both love and shame and every single emotion in between.”
But after a few paintings (based on confessions) were so beautifully described, I messaged Colleen (eep!) and she sent me the images (double eep!). The paintings were were especially commissioned for the book, and I loved that unique “picture book” quality. I can’t wait to get the paperback!
Owen is so freaking selfless and amazing, but he is hiding something.
I try to tell myself again that this is nothing more than a coincidence. Her showing up at my doorstep tonight. Her connecting with my art. Her having the same middle name as I do.
That could be fate, you know.”
There are so many plot points I am leaving out, because I don’t want to give away anything. But Owen’s past and his secrets can destroy Auburn. Her only choice is to cut him out of her life and move on. Owen is completely understanding, and accepts what is best for Auburn, despite their incredible connection.
She’s made her choice, and even though it’s not the choice either of us wants, it’s the only choice that works for her right now. And I have to respect that.
- Colleen Hoover’s writing is one of the pieces of art in this book. Her lyrical, present tense prose makes you take notice, and only adds to the beauty of her stories.
- The use of the actual paintings, made especially for this book.
- The use of real confessions.
- Owen’s selflessness.
- Auburn’s selflessness.
- Characters you love to hate (and want to punch in the face)
- A standalone.
- Brought out every emotion.
- Couldn’t stop turning pages. I read Confess straight through.
- A bit too much insta-love, I would have liked to see the relationship develop a bit more.
Rating: 5 stars, 3 Heat
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