November 9 – Colleen Hoover

novBlurb: 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.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

Review: This is my second review of the year, but my first full read of 2016. I’m not sure I could have picked a better author, but I doubt it. With such a nice thing to say, why isn’t this book rated 5 stars you ask? Well, that’s simple.

There was too much hype. And too much hype leads to disappointment. However, the book is still fan-freaking-tastic because CoHo. It’s still a 4.5 meet-me-once-a-year-for-5-years kind of book.

I cried. I laughed. In fact, I laughed a ton. Way more than I have in CoHo’s previous books.

Anyways, on to the review about the book and not my slight disappointment that this didn’t live up to my CoHo expectations. Or whatever.

Fallon is 18. She used to be a rising star in LA. Rising is the operative word because after a fire leaves Fallon scarred at the young age of 16, she is no longer on the rise. In fact, she falls into oblivion and isn’t really seen again.

Ben is 18. Ben is a writer. He has his problems. In fact, he has scars, but his are hidden away from prying eyes. We don’t really know Ben’s story until the end of this book. It’s worth the wait.

A chance encounter at a local restaurant put these two on a path that will lead them into two completely different directions, but it is a path that will always lead them to each other. November 9th is the day they meet. November 9th is the day that changes both of their lives.

It is an interesting read. Each part of the book takes place on November 9. You get Fallon and Ben’s POVs. You see what they see. You feel what they feel. But you don’t know what happens in those 364 days between meetings. You only know what you relive with them. You only know what is happening in their heads.

You can feel the chemistry. You can feel the trust and you can see how Fallon could fall for Ben. Ben who makes her feel beautiful because she is beautiful. November 9 is the one day each year that the two get to live and love and experience life the way they deserve.

As with any romance, there has to be something that brings heartache. And trust me when I say that there is heartbreak. And it fucking hurts. It hurts bad. Watching these two characters grow and become who they are meant to be is worth the pain. Watching them slowly, yet instantly, fall in love is worth the pain. Knowing that these two are meant for each other is clear from the very beginning. It could only ever be Ben for Fallon and Fallon for Ben.

Now, my question is when do we get Amber and Glenn’s story? Or even Jordyn and Kyle’s. I know, I know, we all know how that will end, but I think it’s a love worth reading about.