NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (November 10, 2015)
Synopsis: 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.
Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?
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If you’ve read any of my posts, you know how I feel about Colleen Hoover! And this book was no different. November 9 is uniquely formatted into five (but really six) separate sections that cover the same day (November 9) for consecutive years. Fallon and Ben’s chemistry is evident from the very beginning, but a mystery and suspense flows throw the story as we only get a glimpse into their lives on the one day every year.
Ben gives Fallon some important words of advice on their first November 9 together: “Comfort can sometimes be a crutch when it comes to figuring out your life. 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.” His words stay with her, and as the book unfolds, her character blossoms from a shy introvert, to a more extrovert comfortable in her own skin.
However, Ben seems to have barley changed. He is still a struggling author trying to finish that first manuscript. But how much can you trust someone that you have really only known for a handful of days?
The revelation at the end of the book is shocking and dramatically revealed to perfection – not that I would expect any less from Hoover. However, I was left with some very minor upset feelings when I finished the book. Why? – I just read a book that had a very similar plot twist. (I’m not going to say which book it reminded me of, so I don’t give away the ending!) Hoover’s books are usually so unique there is no other book like it. Not exactly the case with this one, but I still loved it! Anything CoHo touches is just gold!