June 23, 2016
Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.
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.
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November 9 by Colleen Hoover was everything that I had hoped that it would be and more. All it took was the first few pages and I was hooked! Totally and completed hooked. I honestly read this book in one sitting, and at the end, I yearned for more.
I’ve always loved author, Colleen Hoover’s writing. She connects instantly with the reader and makes the characters jump off the pages. It made me want to literally meet these characters and befriend them! There is definitely one or two that readers will connect with.
Did I cry? You bet your bottom dollar that I did. Did I feel anger? Frick yah! Did I feel ALL THE FEELS? Ehrmagherd yes. I loved the emotional rollercoaster ride I went through while reading this book. I loved that it felt super geared to readers/book nerds. And why wouldn’t it? Ben, the male lead, is a budding author. Fallon, the female lead, is a book nerd!
Fallon was a teen television star on a hit tv show. She was on top of the world and big things should have happened. But after a tragic fire at her father’s home where she was staying the night ended all of that. Suffering major burns on the left side of her body, Fallon’s acting career ended and she had to heal, not only what was on the outside, but what was in the inside as well.
Unfortunately for Fallon, her father is a “star” who has not quite gotten over the fact that Fallon is no longer able to act because of her scars. But Fallon is creating her own future, and has decided to move to New York to pursue her acting career, or something related to it. And it is here that we enter the book. In a restaurant with Fallon and her father. Where it appears that he is crushing Fallon’s dream, and basically choosing not to acknowledge that the date is November 9…the date in which everything changed for Fallon…the date of the fire.
It’s also at this restaurant where we meet my book boyfriend, Ben. Ben, who overhears what Fallon’s father is saying to her. Ben who can’t keep his eyes off of Fallon….not because of her obvious scars, but because he sees a beautiful creature that has captured all his attention. White knight Ben who decides to pretend to be Fallon’s boyfriend (unbeknownst to Fallon – which was so hilarious) and puts her father in his place.
And it’s this “chance” meeting where Ben and Fallon spend Fallon’s last day in L.A., slowing falling for each other and making a pact to meet every November 9 for the next 5 years. And as those years come and go, my adoration for these characters grew and grew and my heart swelled for them.
Of course there’s drama…what kind of decent book wouldn’t have it! And the drama was heartbreaking, swoon worthy, heart melting, anxiety inducing…and more! I will tell you, I cannot wait to read this book again (and again, and again, and again). This book has literally ingrained itself into my brain and has burrowed its way into my soul. UGHHHHH I LOVED THIS BOOK!
The chapters take place every year, on November 9. You’d think that with a whole year between chapters that readers would miss out on some pretty pertinent information for Ben and Fallon. Fear not friends, Colleen Hoover does an amazing job of breaking down the year for each character so that you are not at all lost and left wondering. Essentially, the main focus is on Fallon and Ben….how much they’ve grown during that year and what they’ve learned. That in itself is all it takes to make the year long hiatus worth the read.
The strategically placed twists and turns were perfect! It made me want to throw the book across the room and then clutch it to my heart and hug the living shit out of it.
People, if you don’t listen to me about anything else, listen to this. You NEED to read this book. Run, don’t walk, to a bookstore or to your computer or whatever, and get yourself a copy of November 9 by Colleen Hoover. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. Then you and I can duel it out over Ben and whose book boyfriend he is.