Title: November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Atria, an imprint of Simon and Schuster
Page count: 310 pages
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Rating – 5 stars
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.
It’s been a little over a month since I read November 9 and I have now had enough time to process my abundant feelings about it. I started the book on November 9th with the intention of reading it on that one day but I ended up taking a few days to finish because I didn’t really want to finish it, if that makes any sense at all.
November 9 was actually my first Colleen Hoover book. I don’t know if it was the best one to start off with but that’s okay, because I really loved it. I ended up giving it five stars.
So, November 9 is a contemporary romance novel about a Fallon, who is a former actress turned voice actress. When Fallon was younger, her father’s house caught fire with Fallon in it and as a result she is scarred on half of her body. She is really self-conscious about her scars until she meets Ben, who is the first guy to make her feel as though her scars make her beautiful. They are both travelling two very different roads in their lives but there is not denying that sparks fly between them, unable to commit to a steady relationship for reasons of their own, they agree to live their lives (with one homework assignment each) and meet up every November 9.
Wow! So I really loved this story. It was definitely a very unique plot, or at least one that I haven’t yet read. I was instantly intrigued when I read the synopsis but it was actually better than the synopsis lead me to think it would be. It is told in the alternating perspectives of both Fallon and Ben. I loved them both as our main characters. They are both far from perfect, which I loved about them. They each have their unique set of problems that we got to see as they separated and lived their lives up to the next November 9th when they would meet again. It was wonderful how they would separate and pick right back up where they left off the year before. I loved seeing the different journey’s they both took during their time apart and how meeting each other shaped their lives and who they became while the years went by.
This book definitely went places that I didn’t think it would go when I started reading it and even towards the middle half. I am not going to spoil anything in case you haven’t read it yet, but yeah…I was surprised, which is a good thing. This book gave me a lot of feels…warm, fuzzy ones and then it also broke my heart and crushed it into tiny pieces. It definitely has some of my new favorite quotes in it. ❤
Needless to say, I loved this book and gave it five stars. If you haven’t read this book, you totally should! Especially if you are into contemporary romances, I believe this one qualifies as a New Adult Romance although I am not too well versed on that genre. It’s definitely possible to read this in one sitting, for sure! I am ready to read more Colleen Hoover, let me know if you have any recommendations on which of her books to read next. I do have It Ends with US ready to go on my shelf but I will probably read that one in January!