November 9 by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am not surprised one bit that I loved this novel. Colleen Hoover has jumped her way to one of my favorite authors and I am now always looking forward to reading her upcoming novels when they are finally released.
This was such a great book. The chapters are one 1 day of the year for 6 years: November 9th. We don't get any chapters about the other 364 days of the year, just this day and what happens between the characters on this day.
Ben and Fallon have a very complicated relationship...err...friendship? It's hard to say since they literally only meet one day of the year for Ben's book he is writing - and other reasons of course.
Fallon is one tough chick. She went through a horrible ordeal that she remembers every day when she looks in the mirror. But she didn't become a badass chick until she met Ben. In just one day, he made her feel confident and strong and like she can defeat anything if she has the chance.
And that is why I love Ben. Even with the horrible thing that happened in the past, even with the connection between the two characters, he does right by Fallon and makes her realize that she is just as beautiful and smart and confident as any woman in the world. He puts her back together again. Just by telling the truth about what he thinks when he is around her.
Ben has no filter and says what he means. He may have a crappy personal life, but when it comes to Fallon he knows just the right thing to say to make her do better in her life.
Well, for the first couple of days anyway. Then miscommunication, lack of information, and the past start to complicate how things go between Ben and Fallon.
And sure, a lot of people might be upset at how juvenile the characters acted when certain information was figured out, but you have to remember... They met a total of 6 days... in 6 years... Not a lot of time to get to know each other without having a blow up every now and then. And going a whole year without seeing each other and stewing on an angry topic is a bit much, but what else were they to do? That was their thing.
So yes, this is a very complicated book, but it is so good. It's not my all time favorite book (that is still "Maybe Someday") but it is right at the top of my favorite Colleen Hoover books. Can't wait for more!
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