Published by Atria Books on November 10th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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.
Say what you want about Colleen Hoover, her writing is exceptional. Her books always have extremely original plots that captivate me from the very first page. New Adult novels tend to be hit or miss with me, and despite some objections I really enjoyed this one.
Fallon suffers from a severe lack of confidence. I confess I found it difficult to believe that she would trust Ben so completely after knowing him just a few hours. Props to Ms. Hoover, though, for allowing the characters to acknowledge the absurdity of Insta-Love. What a clever idea to analyze romance novels within an actual romance novel.
For only seeing each once a year on November 9th, Fallon and Ben pack in more love, laughter and heartbreak than most ordinary couples. Ben woos Fallon like it’s his job, and I loved his passion. I wondered why it was necessary to take their separation to such extremes. No exchange of phone numbers, emails, or social media—zero contact the other 364 days of the year. It creates some unnecessary drama. Then again—as the characters state—a little angst can make relationships more romantic and meaningful.
Colleen Hoover seems to be a fan of plot twists, and the fact that she states there is one in the synopsis had me on the lookout for it. While I guessed the twist before the reveal, I wasn’t prepared for how intricate and engrossing the unfolding of the plot would be. I stayed up way past my bedtime, unable to stop reading. If it’s a page turner, it’s a winner for me.
Recommended for fans of:
New Adult novels