Thursday, November 12, 2015

Colleen Hoover: November 9

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 of 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.


Tere's Review.

SIGH. I. Can't. Even.

I don't know how to start my review. Every time I try to start typing words, I just want to crawl back to my bed and read the book all over again. and again. and then some more.

To be honest, when I started reading this novel I wasn't simply "sold" by its plot. But I love Colleen Hoover so I'll definitely bite. I am the type of reader who loves certain "formulas" and won't simply go outside the box. (Hint: OFFICE ROMANCE aficionado)

And so I started reading in a normal phase, taking my time and enjoying the words. Hmm.. I was actually starting to like how the story leads. Sometimes there were scenes that made me smile a little because I was thinking -- HA! that's definitely a COHO trademark dialogue! 

As the gist says, Fallon and Ben met in an uneventful chance on a fair November 9, where Fallon was supposed to leave Los Angeles the next day to pursue her passion for acting in New York. Their instant attraction lead to their uncanny agreement of meeting only on November 9 for the next 5 consecutive years with no communication whatsoever but they will meet and talk on that date only. Sounds crazy, right? It is indeed.

And then I started to get serious with my reading. Digesting and feeling all the words written by the queen. By the 2nd November 9th I was completely sold. By the 3rd November 9th I fell in love. And by time I reached the 4th November 9th I was effin' heartbroken. It was as if someone took my heart and I watched as it get crushed into tiny bits and pieces. And how I wanted to throw and burn the book away but like an alcoholic that needed booze I kept on drinking on the words - completely in sync with the emotions that stirred all my senses until I felt the numbness of the high. Oh Colleen, how could you do this to me. You completely ruined me. It's going to be a while before I could recover from this high. And one thing for sure you  definitely changed my perspective with the ALPHA males. I felt like a new born reader. I would never look at heroes the same way again. Ever. Because you are absolutely correct. Real Men do cry.

5 stars.

My Fallon

My Ben 

Favorite Lines:

Every lines on each first page of the Chapters! Love Love Love!

I am translucent, aquatic.
Drifting, aimless.
She is an anchor, sinking in my sea.

- Benton James Kessler

She "loved me" in quotations
She kissed me in bold
I TRIED TO KEEP HER in all caps
She left with an ellipsis

- Benton James Kessler


   She points at my stomach. "You have abs?"
    I laughed and looked at my abdomen. She said it like it was a question, so I give her the obvious answer."Um... yeah? I guess."
  She covers her mouth with my shirt, hiding her grin. "Wow," she says, her words muffled by my shirt. "I like them."

I pull her up the stairs, towards my room.

Away from everyone in the world I don't want to see or speak to right now.

She's the only one I wanted with me today, and here she is. Just for me. Because she missed me.

If she's not careful, I might fall in love with her. 



We lie quietly for so long. I begin to wonder if he's fallen asleep. But after a few minutes, his grip around me grows desperate. He tilts his face until it's completely buried in my shirt, and his shoulders begin to shake as he starts to cry.


I'm not prepared for this. I have no idea how to deal with this. It feels like my heart is literally breaking. Cracking right down the middle, bleeding out into my chest, filling my lungs with blood, making it impossible to breathe.


She's smiling.

I cry like a fucking baby.


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