Review: “November 9” – Colleen Hoover

November 13, 2015 Book Review 10

Review: “November 9” – Colleen HooverNovember 9 by Colleen Hoover
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Published on: November 10th 2015
Published by: Atria Books
Pages: 310
Genre: YA Romance
Format: Paperback

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The Story(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.


My Thoughts

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.
For good.

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.”


Final Thoughts

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…


Re-Readability: HELLS YEA!

I would recommend this book to: Colleen Hoover fans, second chance romances (and third and fourth)

Check out my other Colleen Hoover reviews:
Hopeless . Losing Hope
Ugly Love
Never Never #1Never Never #2Never Never #3
It Ends With Us

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10 Responses to “Review: “November 9” – Colleen Hoover”

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Me too! Even though we are told there are twists I just wasn’t expecting them. And then I was just in total shock for the rest of it! I’m glad you liked it, so much love for CoHo in this post! 🙂

  1. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Ugh, you’re just making me feel worse that I haven’t bought this book yet! I am so excited to read it, but I am not in the right contemporary reading mood so I just can’t buy it and then leave it gathering dust.

    I am getting more excited to read this though. I mean it’s Colleen Hoover, I was never going to not buy it, but now I’m excited because people are saying good things and that just shows my faith in her writing isn’t unfounded. I’m glad you enjoyed it, even getting your fangirling into words it hard.

  2. Cait @ Paper Fury

    OH WOW. It’s so fabulous to read ecstatic reviews like this. XD THIS IS GREAT, HANNAH! I’M SO GLAD YOU LIKED IT!! Eeep! 😀 I have only read one Colleen Hoover book and I didn’t like it, sadly, but I would like to read another by her just to see….curiosity. XD And I love that this one is about a writer. Instantly = me is intrigued. XD

    • Brocs Bookcase

      If you haven’t already then you definitely should read this one! Make it one of your 2016 resolutions. It’s a must!!! 🙂

  3. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Great review, Hannah! Colleen Hoover is one of the (very) few authors that I trust enough to go into a book blind. Because I know she doesn’t disappoint. The concept was brilliant and I think in anyone else’s hands it could have felt gimmicky – but here it was not only believable but completely captivating. OMG, I was desperate for Fallon and Ben to get their HEA!

    I know what you mean about reviewing a book you loved. I never feel that I’m going to do it justice. I still enjoyed reviewing it, though: My November 9 Review

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Thanks Tanya. I know exactly what you mean, I have a very short list of authors whose books I will read blind, and each of those authors are spectacular (CoHo included).
      I’m glad you enjoyed my review, it only took me like a week and constant re-editing to write it!!! 🙂