Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Date Read: June 14, 2016

Publisher: Atria Books

Number of Pages: 310 pages

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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.

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It took me months to finally sit down and open this book, and somehow I was kind of glad that I didn’t start reading it the moment I got my hands on it. Even though I have read a few mixed reviews about this book, I was still giddy with excitement.

Colleen Hoover did a great job with this one. I loved how within the first half of the book, I just laughed my heart out. Among all of the books I’ve read written by her, by far this was the one who had me rolling on the floor (or the bed/couch, for that matter).  Not to mention the bookish lingo CoHo used in it. I mean, book-worthy, TBR, booksting? Her wittiness was just spot on, it was like breaking the fourth wall or something and i loved every bit of.

“Sigh”
“Did you just say sigh? out loud? instead of actually sighing?
“Eye roll”
― Colleen Hoover, November 9

What’s so unique about November 9 is the concept. How a girl would meet up with a guy on a specific date of the year for the span of five years. The story is told every time the characters meet, divided on each year; you can see the differences on how they cope with the arrangement they agreed to, how they mature over a span of one year, how every year they had to conquer an obstacles and how desperately they tried their best to remind themselves that they’re just friends playing pretend boyfriend-girlfriend.

If you think about it, no normal person in their right mind would do this, to travel halfway around the country just to meet with a a person you barely know. But then fate comes in and suddenly everything makes sense. There’s this invincible string that connects them and keeps on bringing Fallon and Ben back to the place where they first met. Their banter, their humor (basically it’s all  the panties and boob talk that got be hooked), the effect they have on each other and fact that they keep on denying what they actually felt towards one another. It was like watching a feel good movie about teenagers falling in love.

You know that feeling when you’re in the middle of the book and you unconsciously create the ending? I thought I had it all figured out, I thought I knew what the ending would be that eventually Fallon would just live in New York and follow her dreams and Ben would become the writer he aims to be.

But then again, I remember this is Colleen Hoover. And there it was. The plot twist.

Oh boy was I wrong on so many levels. The twist with JORDYN, the twist with the FIRE, EVERYTHING. To be completely honest, i wasn’t a huge fan of then Jordyn thing. It was a bit off for me that I even considered of putting the book down and just stop it there. But I knew better and I had to see it through. While I was reading the very chapter where Fallon found Ben’s manuscript, I was on the verge of grabbing my hair and pulling it out. The scenes were intense, it had me flipping through the pages just to see what happens, and whether or not the plotline in Ben’s work was fiction or not. The pain that the characters were going through was a little intense, for a couple of teenagers trying to figure out who they are and falling in and out of love, it’s a little too much. But the emotions were genuine, I felt all of it. From Fallon’s fear when she discovered the truth to Ben’s utter happiness when Fallon is back in his life for good.

The unexpected romance between Fallon and Ben teaches us one thing, before we intend to love someone, we should love ourselves first. I know it’s cliche but it’s true. Because think about it, how could you expect someone to love  100 percent of youif you dont even accept and love who you are? Love all of it, the excess baggage, the flaws and the scars. And I loved how Ben proved this to Fallon. His love for her was just endearing and painful at the same time, especially when Ben finally handed his manuscript to Fallon. The truth, his reasons, and his honesty floored me.I couldnt help but cry while I read the last few chapters. Their love was so heart-warmingly adorable. 

November 9 is a story  about taking chances and how everything is connected. You would think that it was just one hell of a coincidence, but no. Like all things, everything happens for a reason; that one impulsive action could lead to even something bigger, a ripple into your future.

“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. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”
― Colleen Hoover, November 9

Piqued your interest? You can read the synopsis here.

Oh! And the marvelous Griffin Peterson (the man behind the songs of Maybe Someday) has a song for this book too! Go ahead and listen here.

Rating: stars_4

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