November 9: A Novel by Colleen Hoover
New Adult Standalone
Colleen Hoover. I swear that lady is a genius. I have been a fan since Slammed was released, and think she is an absolutely brilliant writer. I am not usually a big fan of New Adult. With an 18 year old son, some of it just hits too close. Plus the horribly tragic pasts NA characters seem to have are just a little much for me. But Colleen Hoover is different. I will read anything she writes, and I will go in blind. And damn, November 9 is another book filled with laughter, emotion, tears, an epic twist, tragedy, and love.
For the sake of no spoilers, I will not go any further than the blurb here except for a few quotes that will not spoil the brilliant story (as usual in my reviews, but I will be even more careful here). November 9 sucked me in on page one and I was a completely useless mess until I devoured every last drop of the story, and I can’t imagine reading it any other way, so clear your schedule!
Fallon has had a rough time and now has some major self-esteem issues. But she has decided to start over again by moving from California to New York to pursue her acting career. November 9 begins the day before her move. While Fallon is having a really rough time, a handsome stranger swoops in to save the day. Ben was funny as hell, charming, and damn, I fell in love with him, so how could she not?
When I woke up this morning, I thought today was going to be one of the toughest days I’ve had in two years. Who knew the anniversary of the worst day of my life might possibly end on a good note.”
But Fallon’s mom taught her one thing: not to fall in love too soon. To wait until she is older.
You’ll never be able to find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.”
Ben is a writer looking to write his first novel. Fallon is a romance reader, and I love how they described things in “bookish” terms.
I had to create angst so I could try to make this kiss a ten.”
After spending an amazing day and evening together, Fallon says they need to cut all ties when they part. They even block each other on social media, so they wouldn’t be tempted lose herself in a long distance relationship with Ben.
How the hell am I supposed to just say goodbye to her tonight, knowing I’ll never talk to her again?”
So they come up with an idea:
Meeting up once a year on the same date sounds like a really good basis for a romance novel. If you fictionalized our story, I’d add it to the top of my TBR.”
Being apart and living separate lives but thinking of each other non stop makes subsequent annual meetings even harder.
And saying goodbye more difficult.
I thought I was stronger than a word, but I just discovered that having to say goodbye to you is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”
This story would have been brilliant just as it was. I loved the characters. I loved the ‘same time next year’ theme. But Colleen had to go ahead and throw in a twist. A twist that had me yelling at her for ruining this brilliant read, while praising her for throwing a twist in that I didn’t see coming. But I wasn’t stopping until the end, because I knew if anyone could make me swoon again, it would be Colleen Hoover.
- I laughed out loud several times.
- I totally fell in love with Ben.
- The bookish tie-ins.
- Absolutely unputdownable.
- I literally yelled at my kindle (at Fallon) and then cursed Colleen.
- Colleen’s writing was, as always, impeccable.
- The lessons learned (which I don’t want to reveal).
Dislikes: (not really)
- The book was so great as it was, it didn’t really need the whole dramatic twist. In fact, the twist (that I never guessed) took away a little of my love for the story that came before, bringing the story from 5++++ stars to 5 stars. Still amazing, but just not as amazing as the beginning.
Rating: 5 stars, 3 Heat
The Down and Dirty:
Colleen Hoover’s brilliant writing filled with humor, angst, longing and romance is back in full force in November 9. She took a familiar story line (Same Time Next Year & Sleepless in Seattle) and gave it a totally unique twist. I absolutely LOVED Ben. I wasn’t thrilled with Fallon’s decision, but I loved her and loved watching her grow. The bookish tie-ins were brilliant as well. The book was phenomenal on it’s own that it just didn’t need the twist which actually took away a little bit of my love.
This isn’t one of your fairy tales, Fallon.This is real life, and in the real world you have to bust your ass for the happy ever after!”…“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.”
*Audiobook is narrated by Zachary Webber! YUM!
Loraine Oliver says
Great review this has me intrigued!
Great review, I have started to read it, and I’m just loving it. I knew Colleen would not let me down.
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Erin McFarland says
This book sounds so good!
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Brandi DeFries Swendt says
Now I’m dying to read even more
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Love your review! This is on my tbr! Can’t wait to read!
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Julie Moreno says
Great review! I just finished it as well and absolutely loved it!
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Kathy Osborn says
Great review, I want to read this so bad.
Nicole Johnson says
I love your review. It’s honest and to the point.
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I didn’t read you review , even though I was so tempted, I want to go into this blind. As soon as I read it I’ll come back to see it 🙂 FB name is also Azalea Ivashcov
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I’ve only heard good things about this book.
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Excellent review for an excellent book!
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This looks like an incredible book, I loved your review. Once my TBR has shortened I plan on reading this one for sure.
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Jo Anne V says
awesome review — makes me want to read this book even more
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Ashley Westphall-Carr says
Awesome review!!!! I can’t wait to start my copy
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I read this it’s an amazing book!!
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wonderful review cant wait to read the book.
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Great review. Hopefully I will read it this weekend
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Would love to have a copy of this! My Facebook name is Loraine Oliver! I loved your review-easily said as I love all of your reviews! Thanks for chance! PS my real name is Loraine Oliver also! <3
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Great review 🙂
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Fab review. Love everything CoHo?
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Jessica Cassidy says
I have been dying to read Colleen Hoover’s book that I borrowed two from our local library. Sounds like a a very nice book to read. Thanks for sharing your review. I cannot wait to buy this on my Christmas birthday.
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Jackie Ugalde says
Amazing review. I am 39% in and I cant put this amazing book down. Love it.
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Love Colleen’s book…and your review is making me want to read this one…NOW!!
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I love all Colleen’s books and your review is awesome. FB name is Camila Bahamondes 🙂
Thank you Ana!
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Can’t wait to read this!
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Kristy Petree says
Great review! I’ve read all of Colleen’s books, about half of them I’ve read twice. And I love books with bookish references! I also love that she can write a somewhat steamy romance without getting into the nitty gritty details; I much prefer her style and her approach that leaves something to the imagination. Thanks for the chance! Facebook name: Kristy Petree
Can`t wait to read it <3
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Love the review! I have an ebook and I’m jumping in after I finish my current read. It would be so amzing to own a signed copy, thank you for the chance <3
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Love the review! <3
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LOVE THIS BOOK!!! <3
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Thanks for the thoughtful review, and the chance to win! I haven’t read this one yet, but it looks really good!
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Great review. I would love to read this book.
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Finally someone else who didn’t see the twist coming! Everyone else seems to be saying that they saw it coming and I thought maybe I was alone.
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I would love to read it! 🙂
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Fantastic review. I love all of your likes & dislikes (but this is CoHo- besides the angst- what’s not to love)!!
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Thanks for the chance . I love Colleen .My facebook name is Maria Theresa Santos
Ana's Attic says
Thank you all xoxo