I can’t even begin to tell you just how happy I am to be on the blog tour for November 9. It’s absolutely no secret how much I love Colleen’s books and this one? Well, it just might be my favorite so far. You can read my spoiler-free, full of flails, five star review below. But just know that there’s no way I can do this incredible book justice.
November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: eARC, 310 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
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?
I’m going to be perfectly honest, I have absolutely no idea what I can say about this book that will a) do it justice and b) not give away major plot points. Part of me just wants to say “This book was incredible. My favorite of Colleen’s yet. It consumed my life for the half a day it took to read it and broke my reading for a week after finishing it. Have wine and tissues on hand.” and leave it at that. But I should probably give you a little more than that to go on, huh? 🙂 What I’m not going to do is spoil any part of this book for you, because to get the full enjoyment, you have to go in blind and experience it as it happens.
The opening chapter gripped me in a way I haven’t felt in a long time. There’s no time wasted before you’re in the thick of the story with Fallon and Ben’s first meeting. I loved both of them in that first chapter. At that point, Ben quickly became one of my favorite book boyfriends EVER. He was so swoony I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I loved the first day these characters spent together. I read that entire first day with a huge smile on my face. Of course, the subsequent November 9s each got a little tougher and some of them totally wrecked me. (No, I’m not telling you which ones.) I LOVE that the only time we saw these characters was on November 9. I know a lot of things happen to those characters in the other 364 days of the year, but I had little interest in those. Catching up with them on their day was what I wanted.
I don’t know how Colleen manages to outdo herself with each new release, but she does. Every single one of her books, especially this one, have made me FEEL ALL THE FEELS. She has this way of breaking me down and shattering my heart in the most exquisite way possible and I never EVER see it coming. The best part of her books, aside from everything, is the moment she puts me back together better than I was when I started. It’s a beautiful moment and one of the reasons I continue to devour her books.
So, yes, I loved November 9. When I finished it, I wanted to go back in and read it all over again. The characters, the feels, the twists, the overall storyline… I loved it all. This’ll be a book I read over and over again for a long time to come – especially when I need a good cry. Because there were plenty of tears with this book. And, also wine. Out of the big girl glass. I just can’t recommend this one highly enough.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.