Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.
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.
When it comes to some of my favorite novels, I always find myself struggling to write a review. I’ll delay it until a time way after I’ve finished the novel, or sometimes I won’t even write one at all. As a reviewer, this is probably a terrible quality but you can’t fault me for getting writers block over a novel that has astounded all of my senses and left me speechless. This is the effect November 9 had on me. And is anyone really surprised by this fact? Probably not, because we all know (orColleen Hoover is my favorite author of all time and I pretty much idolize everything she does. Her novels are always the first one’s I recommend whenever anyone asks me for a book rec. and before I would always say, “Read Slammed first!!”, but now I’m saying, whether they’ve asked me for a book rec. or not, “READ NOVEMBER 9!!!!” Yup, that’s happened.
November 9 was that book for me. You know the one. The one that you annoy all of your friends to read after you’ve finished it in one sitting. It’s the one you’re going to want to describe in extreme detail to all of your friends but you’ll try to leave out spoilers because you’ll eventually force them to read it. It’s the one that made you smile while on a plane with a bunch of random strangers and the one you continued to hold up to your face while exiting the plane.
November 9 is a story after my own heart and dreams. It was real and overwhelming and heartbreaking and so freaking beautiful. If I could pocket-size this story and take it everywhere with me I would in a heartbeat. And if I could find a boy like Ben in my life I would be complete. Speaking of- Ben!!!!! This hilarious, beautifully flawed boy is absolutely EVERYTHING. Ben is far from perfect, but in my eyes he is perfect and is pretty much my ideal BBF. I am so infatuated with Ben’s character it’s probably border-line unhealthy at this point. But as much as I would love Ben for myself, I loved him with Fallon. Their relationship, although not something I would want exactly for myself (although who am I kidding, I’ll take it), is hectic and beautiful and complicated on pretty much every level, but all that is what makes it so incredibly good.
Colleen Hoover had my heart with all of her other novels, but with November 9 she has my soul. Colleen, you have probably ruined me for all other books with this one and I don’t know whether to thank you and kiss the ground you walk on or kick your butt for this novel.
Seeing Colleen on the November 9 tour in Boston made me fall in love with this novel a little bit more too (especially because I got the chance to ask whether any real-life moments inspired moments in her novels and she responded by saying an asshole on the street inspired Fallon’s dad).
Anyways, November 9 is an experience that everyone should go through and I will always hold this book dear to my heart. It is perfect from beginning to end and it will not disappoint. Through mystery, angst, plot-twists, and an overall incredibly unique concept, Colleen Hoover has created a beautiful story that will have you falling in love.