Title – Confess
Author – Colleen Hoover
Publication Date – March 10, 2015
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.
Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping some major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.
The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…
Whenever I pick up a Colleen Hoover book, I’m never quite sure what to expect. Each one is so different from the previous, but one that I could easily pick out as a Hoover novel. She doesn’t just put words onto a page; she delivers an experience to immerse yourself in. Confess is one of those books that you may pick up because of a piqued interest or a pretty cover, but it’s a tale that will keep you hooked, leave you breathless, and maybe even wanting to confess your own secrets so they can be turned into art.
“My mother says there are people you meet and get to know, and then there are people you meet and already know.”
Confess introduces us to two characters who stem from different worlds, but are inexplicably linked. As we got to know each of these characters on a deeper level, I could feel myself falling further down the rabbit hole. Auburn was a fierce soul to be reckoned with. I almost think that it took more guts to live the life she was choosing to, rather than the alternative of what could have been. She knew the meaning of sacrifice and that to me meant she was a survivor. I also really appreciated the mystery that surrounded Owen. The way that he loved those he cared about, and sacrificed in much the same way that Auburn was giving things up, really endeared me to him. He was willing to give up his dreams in order to protect the only people he had left, and no matter how horrible it was, he never really thought twice about it. Furthermore, the chemistry between Auburn and Owen could be felt through every single page of Confess. The constant tug of selflessness versus the desire to be selfish was so delicately handled. I loved the way that they so effortlessly clicked and they each provided something for the other nobody else could. It was like their souls knew each other and the reader couldn’t help but begin to root for them.
“Sometimes we don’t get second chances, Owen. Sometimes things just end.”
While they each harbor their own secrets, they initially bond over the discovery of others’ confessions. When I say that Colleen Hoover creates an immersion experience, she does this by involving her readers. She happened to do this with reader submitted secrets and then creating some of them into art pieces. The whole idea surrounding this is incredibly ingenious and probably one of my favorite parts of the book. Some of these confessions were sweet, others were funny, while some were downright heartbreaking. The artwork that Colleen commissioned to go with the pieces was absolutely incredible. I was in awe of how accurate the confessions were portrayed, yet how unique they became. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I couldn’t look at those without seeing something incredibly breathtaking.
“Some secrets should never turn into confessions. I know that better than anyone.”
There is something about a Colleen Hoover book that leaves you breathless and raw, yet fulfilled at the same time. It’s a special experience to open one of her books and I’m not sure how anyone could not fall in love with her words. The weaving of fate and questioning what we control is something that everyone thinks about at least once in their lives. It honestly felt nice to see my thoughts in someone else’s manifestation. Confess is bound to take readers on a journey and make you feel a whole lot of different emotions. It will grip your heart and squeeze, but let you exhale in those moments of triumph. Colleen Hoover’s writing continues to grow and Confess is definitely her best (and my favorite) work to date!
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Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Maybe Someday, Finding Cinderella, and Ugly Love. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.