I have read the name Colleen Hoover too often – Goodreads Awards, my blogging mates and social media. November 9 is my first from the author and before I picked up the book, I had no idea about her writing style. I was just intrigued and the discount on Amazon made me buy the book.
The plot is fairly simple
Fallon, a girl who has about 30% of her body scarred due to a fire that broke inside her home meets Ben, an aspiring novelist. The meeting is rather unusual, but they hit it off pretty good. The puppy attraction leads to them, spending Fallon’s last day in L.A. together.
It’s November 9 and they decide that they will meet every year on the same date. However, they won’t have any kind of contact with each other the whole year.
What follows next is how they manage to fall for each other over the years. But there’s a twist in the tale that will test the strength of their relationship.
November 9 begins with a chick mode, but smoothly slips into a heartwarming tale.
Over cheesy sentences, the notion of insta love, sensual descriptions and plain narration. Frankly, I cringed reading a few things and thought I will regret picking up the book. Then came the whole idea of November 9, which made things interesting for me. Following that, the book took off on a whole new level.
There are a few books where you are hooked to the characters. This is not that kind of a book. Although I don’t hate either Fallon or Ben as a character, but I was engrossed in the concept. Since this is my first from Colleen Hoover, I can’t say it’s her style, but the narration definitely made the concept and the story more significant.
The story kicks off with the protagonists meeting, so there is only a little space for development. We acknowledge them only as lovers until the twist in the tale.
Colleen Hoover manages to stimulate emotions and keep things interesting.
Like I was explaining above, once you are past the first section of the book, the emotions start growing on you and find faith in the concept of November 9. The story is well paced and keeps you intrigued.
As if that was not enough, Hoover plants a sweet twist into the tale that leaves you with questions. Although there’s only one shocking twist in the book, the overall story finds a lot of twists and turns in different forms.
Most of the times, authors are not able to justify things at the end, but Colleen Hoover excels with the climax of November 9. It was perfect according to me considering the overall tone of the book.
The message, if you can interpret is also good and I believe we can implement it in our daily life.
Lastly, I would like to add that girls will definitely find it more alluring. Since I read each book with a mood and a mindset adjusted to the genre, I found it pretty good. If romance is your genre, do pick up this book and you will be delighted by the time you put it down.
Some quotes from November 9
When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.
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.
You’ll never be able to find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.
You can’t leave yet. I’m not finished falling in love with you.
I would never let anyone else borrow my heart if I know there’s a chance in hell you might want it back.
It took four years for me to fall in love with him. It only took four pages to stop.
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