November 9 by Colleen Hoover
First thing I am going to say is you need to go into this book blind. I’m dead serious. I’m actually a lover of spoilers but this book is the exception. I’m not going to post any spoilers, but I’m giving you a moment right now to really think about your reading experience of this book and urging you to go in blind.
Still want to read the review? Don’t say I didn’t warn ya.
So when I saw on Facebook that many people were finding copies of November 9 early, I began to look around and found a local bookstore that had it. I left my house and drove there as soon as I could to snag a copy and get it into my grubby little hands. There’s just something really exciting about a new book by Colleen Hoover.
Going into this book I was a bit apprehensive, because to be honest I didn’t care for the last few books Hoover has put out. “Why would you run to read her new book?” I can hear you all asking. Well my answer is this: I will read ANYTHING Colleen writes because her books make me FEEL. Whether it be the angst of Slammed, the emotional rollercoaster of Hopeless, or the rage that Ugly Love filled me with, her books inspire genuine emotion from the reader, and there is something really special in that.
I also want to point out that not one Coho book is the same. I know with her that a new book will bring me a fresh and original story and not a rehash of something else. So with that being said here is my official review:
“You’ll never be able to find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.”
November 9th is just a date right? Any day just like the other? Well, some days hold meaning and this one means a lot to two people. On this day Fallon is having lunch with her dad when she meets Ben. The two have an instant connection, but do not call it instalove. After spending the day together, they decide to meet on the same day at the same time and place for the next couple of years.
“I thought I was stronger than a word, but I just discovered that having to say goodbye to you is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”
To say I loved this book is an understatement. I opened this book and did nothing else until I was finished. From the first moment I needed to know what happened to these characters. I loved them and all of their flaws. Both Ben and Fallon. It’s why I loved this book, because I cared what happened to them. I ended up crying! I rarely if ever cry from a book, and this story hit me hard.
The book also flowed extremely well, the time jumps felt effortless and the story of the two of them entirely believable. I will say that I actually predicted a couple of key plot points (and those of you who read it know which ones) but it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the story.
The premise reminds me of a movie my mom loves. In the book Hoover mentions Sleepless in Seattle and others, but to me this sounds like the film Same Time, Next Year (1978) with Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda. So if you like that movie, you’ll love this book and vice versa: readers of the book should watch the movie.
Anyways thank you for reading my ramblings and I sincerely hope you pick up this wonderful, wonderful book. And protect your emotions when you do.