November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Goodread’s Summary

*NO SPOILERS*

This book was the first book I have read by CoHo. I follow her on Facebook and Instagram and see her books everywhere! I honestly don’t know why I haven’t picked one up before now but here we are. This book was so fun and unique, I didn’t even care that this book had things that I usually hate. This book has insta-love and huge time jumps, which usually in a book I despise, but this book seemed to make the combo work. There is insta-love but with the way the story is told it seems like they get to know each other more than a typical love at first sight. Also the time jumps are necessary to the story, it is kind of the whole point of November 9. I think the time jumps work so well because you don’t need to know anything between the years, all that matters is the main characters time together. Colleen Hoover really knows how to write her books! (Which is obvious but I feel like it needed to be acknowledged). This book has a happy tone until about halfway through when you’re blindsided with sadness. I wasn’t expecting the book to take that kind of turn so I was caught off guard. I’m not saying it was bad, it adds to the story, but I just wasn’t expecting it in a love story like this. Especially how the book started off. I like the fact that this book categorizes love into two different sections: selfless love, and plain love many people find themselves in. Sometimes people really do love each other but there seems to be this invisible barrier between them where they always think of themselves. People will do things that benefit both parties so they get something out of it too and call it love. Which is okay but true love that you read about is the selfless kind where you would do anything for the other person no matter what it costs you. This book does a really good job of showing that too. At first I had my doubts about this book then somehow, somewhere, this book completely sucked me in and didn’t let me go until the end. I can’t even tell you where the turning point was because I don’t know. I just remember going into the first few pages skeptical and finishing the book satisfied. If you haven’t read a CoHo book yet please do yourself a favor and don’t wait any longer!

*FAVORITE QUOTE(S)*

“Goals are achieved through discomfort and hard work. They aren’t achieved when you hide out in a place where you feel nice and cozy.”           ~Fallon

*SPOILER ALERT*

I really didn’t like Fallon’s father, he was a huge a-hole the whole book. He obviously wasn’t exercising selfless love. I thought it was really sweet of Ben to step into their fight and help her out. Not that she couldn’t have handled it, I just thought it was a nice gesture. I really liked the whole airplane/homework scene. It is a little unreasonable but it was so nice and maybe that is why I loved it. The best part about the whole book is the tattoos. I really liked the idea of getting a tattoo when you know you have found that selfless love. It was really romantic and I loved both of the stories behind them. I thought this book was written as if that is what was written in the manuscript at the end, but then I realized he wouldn’t have included all of her thoughts and feelings. Anyway I enjoyed it either way and I really liked the fact that it all resolved in the end.

Which CoHo book do you suggest I read next?

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