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 Owen is keeping 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…
“It feels like someone is squeezing my heart with the strength of the entire goddamn world.”
I confess that Colleen Hoover is an artist and Confess may just be my favorite piece by her. Colleen Hoover is a sculptor; a creator; a magician, and her words are magic. This novel is a masterpiece that I not only devoured once, but twice, because reading this beautiful composition of words just once was not enough for me. Confess is not what I expected, because it surpassed all my expectations. To say that I thought this novel was beautiful or stunning would be an understatement, but these are two words that you will find me repeatedly using when describing Confess.
Confess is the story of Auburn and Owen, but it is also the story of so many other people, some whose names I do not know and some whose names I will not reveal. Their story- this story is so incredibly gorgeous and it reminded me, one too many times, that I had a heart which is capable of feeling absolutely everything. My heart felt every single emotion, phrase, word, and confession in this novel, and I’m still not sure whether to thank Colleen or send her a lot of depressing song links because of it.
Confess, like every other Colleen Hoover novel, has such an incredibly unique, raw, and all-consuming plot. I can’t even begin to imagine how she does it, but Colleen always blows me away with the stories she creates, her writing, and her characters. Not only does she create amazing connections between the characters themselves, but between the reader and the characters they are reading about. I have connected with the characters in Confess so much I can honestly say I feel as if they are not just people I know, but people I genuinely care for.
So it is no secret that Colleen Hoover is my favorite author and before Confess, Will Cooper was the number one CoHo book boyfriend, but then she decided to go ahead and introduce us all to Owen Gentry-why Colleen, why?! Why would you do this to me? Why are you making me question Will Cooper’s ranking here!?
“I’m not scared because it’s you, Owen. I’m considering it because it’s you.”
This brings me to the topic of romance. If there is one thing Colleen knows how to write beautifully, it is romance. I mean, some of the scenes and lines in Confess made me want to just break down and start sobbing (which I may or may not have done) because of how beautiful they were.
“And I need you to remember that anyone can make love. But I’m the only one who deserves to make love to you.”
Just scrolling through all my highlights makes me want to start crying because I can’t get over how stunning this novel is. I can’t get over how Colleen wrote such a phenomenal novel, with such amazing detail, and actual art by artist Danny O’Conner(!!).
I don’t think I will ever stop talking about this novel and obsessing over all the wonderful connections and details that Colleen wove into it. I wish I could just ramble about every little thing I loved about this novel but I refuse to spoil the Confess experience for anyone. Because that’s what Confess is- an experience. The confessions in this novel are real and that fact alone has not only turned this novel into something so unique, but into a social media movement. The #ConfessYourTruth movement.
When a book has the actual power to give others courage to open up about themselves, to confess their truth and possibly come face to face with it for the first time, THAT is how you know you’ve written a one of a kind, outstanding novel. An outstanding novel that everyone should pick up. Confess is everything and more.
My Confess Playlist