Happy, happy, happy book birthday to Colleen Hoover and All Your Perfects! If you are a fan of Colleen’s emotional, romantic mind-f*ckery, this book has to be on your TBR. (And believe me when I say I don’t mean mind-f*ckery as an insult. I always look forward to seeing what she’ll put me through with each new book.)
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: eARC, 320 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.
Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.
All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’m not sure there’s an author out there who puts me through the wringer consistently with each new book quite like Colleen Hoover does. I feel like her tagline should be “expect the unexpected… and tears” because she always manages to floor me with the twists in her books. She also makes me cry — to varying degrees depending on the book and my mood — every single time. These are all great things, and reasons she will forever be an auto-buy/auto-request author.
I’m not going to dive too deep into the story of All Your Perfects because, again, I feel Colleen’s books are best just experienced. Truth be told, I don’t even read her blurbs or any reviews for her books before I go in. I like jumping in totally blind — with tissues and a chilled bottle of wine on hand — and riding the roller coaster of emotions. That’s exactly what I did with All Your Perfects over the weekend. I read it in, quite literally, one sitting. (Seriously, my Apple Watch stats prove it. It kept encouraging me to get up and move around and I kept ignoring it because I had to know how everything played out.)
All Your Perfects was quintessential CoHo. I’ll admit I was a little nervous to read about a marriage falling apart, because I as an unmarried woman can have a tough time relating to books like that at times. This was not one of those times. The writing was so real and so raw that I could relate to Quinn and Graham’s struggles despite having no basis for that in my experiences. I’ll be the first to admit I had a love/hate relationship with both main characters at times. They’re both flawed and they both do some awful stuff to each other. I mean, there’s a reason their marriage is struggling. (Or, to be more precise, several.) But, I was still rooting for them. The idea of them splitting up broke my heart. The struggles that led them down this path also made my heart hurt.
If you’ve watched the musical/movie The Last Five Years, there were parts of All Your Perfects which reminded me a lot of it. Maybe not plot-wise, but the way the setting flipped back and forth between then and now certainly did. So did all the feels and emotions I had as a result. It was a beautiful book and I’ll close with this — I had more happy tears than sad tears. But there were tears. And wine. All Your Perfects is one of my new favorite CoHo books.
“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”
“I thought you were the one that got away.”
“I still could be.”
Apologies are good for admitting regret, but they do very little in removing the truth from the actions that caused the regret.
No matter how much you love someone—the capacity of that love is meaningless if it outweighs your capacity to forgive.
I’m not even that great of a writer, so I’m not sure I’m even going to be able to convey what I need to say to you in words. I’m better with numbers, but I don’t want to bore you with a bunch of math equations, like Me plus You equals infinity.
“I didn’t want you to fall in love with me because of fate. I wanted you to fall in love with me simply because you couldn’t help yourself.”
Do you plan to read All Your Perfects?