This is a love story between a guy (me) and a girl (Fallon).
Can it even be considered a love story if it doesn’t end with love?
Mysteries end when the mystery is solved.
Biographies end when the life story has been told.
Love stories should end with love, right?
Maybe I’m wrong, then. Maybe this isn’t a love story. If you ask me…I’d say this might even be considered a tragedy.
Whatever it is—however it ends—I promised I would tell it. So without further ado.
Once upon a time…I met a girl.
Four and a half stars: A beautiful love story that will make you laugh and cry.
At eighteen, Fallon should be loving all that life has to offer, but she isn't. Two years ago, Fallon was in a house fire, badly burned and scarred. Her promising acting career came to a halt. Now days, she lacks self confidence, and she feels that all people see when they look at her are her scars. That all changes on November 9th, the two year anniversary of the fire. Fallon is having lunch with her father, and things are not going well, until the cute guy she eyed in the booth next to hers, slides in next to her and introduces himself as her boyfriend. Fallon spends one afternoon with Ben, and neither can deny the sparks that fly between them, but the problem is Fallon is leaving tomorrow, moving to New York. Yet, Ben is the first person who has seen beyond her scars, and she hates to let go. So the two make a promise, to meet every year for the next five years on November 9th, with no contact in between meetings. Will they keep that pact?
What I Liked:
- Sigh.... I know there are going to be hundreds of reviews for this book, so I am going to try and keep this short. This is Colleen Hoover at her best. She delivers a romantic story filled with humor, feels, romance and a bit of drama. This story will play with your emotions. You will laugh, you will cry, and in the end, you will close the book smiling with contentment.
- I loved Ben and Fallon. At first meeting, Fallon is lacking self confidence because of her scars. Yet, she still has a sense of humor, despite her insecurities. I loved watching her blossom and find herself again as the novel progressed. Ben is just adorable. He is funny, sweet, kind and endearing. Yet, he has his secrets. Together, they are wonderful. Loved both Ben and Fallon, and I enjoyed watching them grow and change.
- The romance is full of butterfly in the tummy moments, and a roller coaster of emotions. Imagine meeting someone who grabs your heart, and then only seeing them once a year? That is the premise of November 9. I loved it. Yes, there are some stumbles and moments of angst,but in the end, it delivered everything I love in a good romance.
- The writing is outstanding. Ms. Hoover continues to prove that she has mad writing skills. She grabs your emotions and makes you care about her characters. I also loved her references to books and reading, and how readers, like Fallon, hate insta love and cliffhangers. I laughed when both Fallon and Ben poked fun at things they had read in romantic novels, it made it even more fun. If you haven't experienced a Colleen Hoover novel, this is the one try.
- The book ends without any loose ends. A sweet, satisfying read with lots of feels and a lovely romance.
And The Not So Much:
- Unfortunately, the story after starting off so well, falls into the well worn tropes of NA. The relationship hits some bumps, and there are a couple of big, sad, dramatic developments. Then there is a twist regarding Ben, which I am still not sure how I feel about it. I wish that the story had done without some of the angst and drama. This also falls into the typical pattern of two young adults with a lot of emotional baggage coming together, falling in love and healing one another. So if you are looking for originality in a NA, this isn't it.
- The story takes place on November 9th over a period of five years. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't much recap of what went on in Ben's and Fallon's lives during the year they were apart. You get a few brief highlights, but I wanted more. Not a big issue, just a personal opinion.
November 9 is a terrific book that will leave you with a bit of a book hangover. Prepare for an emotional, sweet and funny romance with a twist. The writing is outstanding, the characters are terrific, and the story is wonderful. If you are a fan of Colleen Hoover, this is a must read, and if you haven't tried her books, this is a great place to start, and if you are like me and have found her books to be hit or miss, this one was a hit.
I purchased a copy to this book. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.