Sunday, January 10, 2016

Dual Review...November 9 by: Colleen Hoover

November 9
Synopsis:

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.
 


Mine and Lindsey's reviews:
Five stars for both of us!
 
November 9...
What do I say that I haven't said before about Colleen's books? I haven't read a book of hers yet that was predictable or typical. She always has so much originality. So once again she has written another beautiful story; it makes you laugh, cry, and scream.

Her characters in this book are flawed but still likable. She shows you what true beauty is. She takes you on one hell of a journey.

I should know by now that when I read a synopsis of hers not to jump and think I know what it's going to be about because every single time she surprises me.

So what's it about? What do you do when you think you found the one? When you are too young to commit and you want to live your life without being tied someone? Well you make an agreement to meet the same day for five years and see if those feelings change. As we all know a lot changes in five years. Life happens.

This is a story that touched me in so many ways. I couldn't get enough of it and when it ended I wanted more. I don't even want to go into detail about the book because you need to read it and find out the beauty of it for yourself.

I highly recommend!

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Lindsey's:

Can I give it a million stars? Cause I kinda feel like it's worth more than just five. :)

I had the pleasure of discovering Colleen Hoover a few years ago when I was searching for something to read after I finished 50 Shades of Gray and Beautiful Disaster. I started Slammed and have been hooked to Colleen’s books ever since!

Tricia and I decided to read November 9 together. I was excited to be reading a book by Colleen with someone who loved her books just as much as I do. When I started November 9 I had no idea what I was getting ready to read. I knew I was going to read the book no matter what, and to keep myself from aching for Colleen's next book, I decided that I wasn't even going to read the description of the book, so going in blind was kind of fun. 

I fell in love with Fallon almost immediately. Who can not love a character who says something like this... "Releasing sperm into the vagina of a twenty-four-year-old does not a father make." Fallon is one of those characters who is in so many ways broken but that it makes her even more relatable. She is wise beyond her years and stronger than she realizes.

Ben on the other hand is a completely different story. I found Ben to be one of those characters who is faking it until he makes it. He's wise and strong in his own way, but is a complete disaster in others. He's almost immediately loveable but also has moments of major idiocity. 

What I loved most about the book was the journey these characters take us on. Both Ben and Fallon make mistakes, and grow throughout the book. It's an amazingly beautiful and sometimes devastating story, with a roller coaster ride of emotions jammed packed at every turn the story takes.

As so many of Colleen's stories, I felt a personal connection to both Ben and Fallon, in more ways than I can name. Their sadness felt like my own, their pain and hurt were fully felt and tears were cried right along with the characters. I highly recommend this story to anyone. It will definitely give you all the feels you can handle. 

Whenever I read a Colleen Hoover book, one of the things I look forward to, are the little tidbits of wisdom and humor she always sprinkles throughout her books. These are just a few of my favorites.

"Goals are achieved through discomfort and hard work. They aren’t achieved when you hide out in a place where you're nice and cozy." - Fallon

"When you're willing to give up the things that mean the most to you just to see someone else happy, that's real love." -Ben's mother

On one final note, Griffin Peterson wrote a song for the book, the same as he did for Ugly Love, and is SOOOO worth a listen, but I will say, I think it's better, and has more meaning to listen after you've read the book.

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