Title – November 9
Author – Colleen Hoover
Publication Date – November 10, 2015
Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of 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?
How is it that an author can continue to grow in her writing, yet still deliver the same signature style? If there is one thing that Colleen Hoover excels at, it is this. Whenever I purchase a novel by this particular artist, I know that I’ll feel a myriad of emotions and be taken on a fantastic ride. November 9 is an absolute masterpiece that I have no doubt readers will get lost in, wishing for their own November 9 date.
“I think she expected me to let her go without a fight, but she’s not the kind of girl you choose your battles for. She’s the kind of girl you fight to the death for.”
The journey that Ben and Fallon went through over the years made them feel so realistic and endeared them to my heart. I got to see how much one meeting, one instant, could change a life and it sucked me so far into this storyline. Fallon went from a timid girl who was lacking any sort of confidence or conviction, to this beautiful woman who wasn’t afraid to use her voice. That transformation, and the message behind the words, hit so close to home for me. As silly as it may sound, I didn’t just “listen” to the words, I actually heard them. We didn’t get to see too much of Ben before he was cool, calm, and collected. However, the way he was introduced was nothing but swoonworthy perfection. I loved that he was a novelist and that it started to feel like a story within a book – Inception style. He may not have been your average alpha hero, but he’s that book boyfriend everyone can’t help but fall in love with.
“Why didn’t you tell me that the foundation you taught me to stand on is made from quicksand?”
These two have remarkable stories individually, but an unforgettable story together as well. I couldn’t help but root for them because of the way they pushed each other to do more, want more, and help each other grow. No matter the reasons for their actions, there was always a greater purpose being served. Colleen Hoover has proven time and time again that she has an uncanny ability to write real, raw, beautiful characters, but readers won’t know what hit them with Ben and Fallon. There’s even a surprise cameo that had me squealing to myself!
“You left with my soul in your fists and my heart in your teeth and I don’t want either of them back.”
November 9 is a little different from Colleen Hoover’s previous standalone novels. There’s no third party experience to tie into the novel, it’s just the power of her words; yet, it still felt like an experience in and of itself. This novel is one with tremendous growth, a fascinating idea in the plot, and a journey you won’t soon forget. It’s no question that I’m an insanely huge Colleen Hoover fan. The way she consistently delivers a story with authentic characters, genuine emotions, and memorable journeys is a natural gift, and as a reader, I feel lucky to be a part of it. She wove a masterpiece with the words within November 9, and I can’t recommend it enough!
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Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, and Confess. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.