(summary from Goodreads)
Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of 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 is impossible for this woman to write a bad book. I mean it could be the worst concept ever and no doubt she would still turn it into something magical that had us sobbing throughout and finish with a heart so full of love and inspiration.
This book is incredible, there is no doubt about it. The hype surrounding this book has been BIG, and I am not one for book hype but this was Colleen Hoover so it was more than acceptable.
The best thing about this book was going into it with no expectations. The blurb doesn’t give us all that much so we really don’t know what to expect apart from the obvious: a romance spanning over several years and the “ultimate plot twist”. Normally when books say this you know it is a total exaggeration, but in this cast it is not, it really is the ULTIMATE one! And one that I did not see coming and I loved the surprise it gave me!
“You can’t leave yet. I’m not finished falling in love with you.”
The first page of this book literally throws us right into the story and I liked that we weren’t immediately told everything about our characters. We are given the important details as and when they are needed. It really helped the story to focus on the characters in that moment without all the additional and unnecessary information that would have just distracted from the main story of this incredible book.
“This is real life, and in the real world you have to bust your ass for the happy ever after… When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go.“
I don’t want to say too much about Fallon and Ben, because just like with the plot I want you to discover them for yourself, the way that I did. But there are some things that I will say.
Fallon’s character development in this book is beautiful to read, like inspiring kind of beautiful. She made me frustrated at points but mostly I was like a proud mother, tissues at the ready. (She also has great knowledge of which toilet cubicle you should choose when using in public toilets!
Ben’s ability with words made me laugh, cry, swoon as breakdown like a heartbroken teenager. I loved them separately (most of the time) but I really really loved them together in all situations romantic or not.
“She’s the only one I want with me today, and here she is.
Just for me. Because she missed me.
If she’s not careful, I just might beg her to stay.
I LOVED the development of their relationship and CoHo set it up so strongly that even though there were entire years between their meetings it was totally believable that they were able to pick up right where they had left off the year before. With each new year I was desperate for them to reconnect and couldn’t wait to see how their relationship would change with the new year.
I found it incredible that these characters would spend just a few hours with each other once a year and yet their romance could could be so believable. I was totally invested in it the whole time and was their with them through the good the bad and the heart melting love.
“He slowly plants kisses down my neck, keeping my hands secured to the bed, not allowing me to touch him back while he explores my skin. God, I’ve missed him. I’ve missed the way I feel when I’m with him. I wish I could have this every day. Once a year isn’t enough.”
This story really built as we got further into the book and THAT TWIST! Wow! I had no idea, like at all and I loved that! Then came the rage, the angry tears. I was furious at THAT character, no way was I going to forgive them! And then came the apology to out do all other apologies! Wow was I a mess, a swoon filled, heart bursting, sobbing mess of emotion! SO MANY FEELS!
“I think about you every second of every day and I don’t know how to get over you,” she says.
“Don’t,” I beg her. “Please don’t get over me.”
I started this book quite late at night (stupid idea!) and ended up until 2 am so I could finish it in one sitting (work the next day was horrendous!). The range of emotions I felt in that one night was ridiculous! Excited, angst filled, swoony, furious, heart broken and finally so ridiculously happy that I probably went to sleep and had a smile on my face all night!
“If she’s not careful, I might just fall in love with her. Tonight.”
I hate writing reviews for books that I have loved, I’m really quite terrible at them. There’s so much that I want to say but can’t say (spoilers) and so I end up just fan-girling all over the page and not really giving out any decent information about the book! Hopefully I sold this one to you, but if not let me give it another go…
BUY IT! READ IT! LOVE IT! NOOOOOOOOOW!
Re-Readability: HELLS YEA!
I would recommend this book to: Colleen Hoover fans, second chance romances (and third and fourth)