November 9 by Colleen Hoover || It lacked that special Colleen Hoover touch

November 23, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 15 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
November 9 by Colleen Hoover || It lacked that special Colleen Hoover touchNovember 9
by Colleen Hoover
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: November 10, 2015 by Atria Books
Format: Paperback
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2.5 Stars
Source: Purchased

This is a love story between a guy (me) and a girl (Fallon).
I think.

Can it even be considered a love story if it doesn’t end with love?
Mysteries end when the mystery is solved.
Biographies end when the life story has been told.
Love stories should end with love, right?
Maybe I’m wrong, then. Maybe this isn’t a love story. If you ask me…I’d say this might even be considered a tragedy.
Whatever it is—however it ends—I promised I would tell it. So without further ado.

Once upon a time…I met a girl.
THE girl.

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.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

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I have to admit I barely read the description for this book. I merely skimmed through it but since it’s by Colleen Hoover, I didn’t think twice in pre-ordering it. My expectations were extremely high for this book until I read a 1.5 star review that lead me to lower those very high expectations. Even with my low expectations, I didn’t love the book as much as I had hoped. I simply liked it because the story-line was good. While I’m not into insta-love and falling for each other in a matter of hours, this wasn’t the factor that fully bothered me.

Fallon had to grow up very quickly once she became an actress. Unfortunately, an accident happened which caused her to lose her acting career. One day, Fallon is at a restaurant with her dad who’s very hard on her and Ben overhears the conversation and thinks Fallon needs rescuing. He acts like her boyfriend while they are with her father and they sell it out completely. They instantly connect once they are alone and they realize they like each other. What happens next? They agree to meet up every November 9 at the restaurant they met for the next five years but there’s a catch. They will not have contact with each other the other 364 days of the year. No stalking via social media, no giving each other their phone numbers. NOTHING.

After realizing this tidbit of information, I thought I wasn’t going to like it. Surprisingly, I liked it! It was something new, something unique and I was definitely enjoying it all! Every year they would meet, it’s as if they had never stopped talking. They were so into each other and I was sold by their “relationship”. I was definitely rooting for them. Sadly, around… Maybe 65% things started to turn sour. Some decisions were made that were unbelievably stupid and the reasons given had me rolling my eyes so much, I’m surprised they didn’t permanently stay rolled. I started liking the whole “no contact, only on one day a year” thing but then it felt pointless. The reason given for this… STUPID. Fallon’s mother advises her to not date or fall in love before turning 23-years-old because until then you won’t fully know who you are as a person. If I were her age, I’d explore the things I can and want and she obviously wants to get to know Ben more but because her mother said this, she wants to follow through with it… This seemed so pointless and seemed like a lazy reason. Not only that when some things happened, Fallon pretty much blamed Ben when it wasn’t his fault at all and then she used the very cliché line: “I did it for your own good.” I couldn’t believe she used that line on him after completely destroying his heart. View Spoiler »

I didn’t fully see the other plot twist. View Spoiler » I never figured it out completely but it had some-what crossed my mind and wow… That was really sad and heart-breaking but I felt like it lacked that special Colleen Hoover touch when it comes to plot twists and that was a huge let down for me. I loved that CoHo related a character from this book to a previous one she had released. There’s Ian who is Ben’s brother and the few times he appeared, I very much enjoyed. Not only that, Miles and Tate make an appearance and I was jumping with joy!! Then I realized who Ian was! Miles’ best friend! *squeals of joy* I love when authors do this.

I definitely loved the messages of loving yourself despite the physical and internal flaws we have. Many of the quotes included in the story would actually boost me up a bit and I even wrote some down to read every day.

Overall, I’m in the minority of not loving this book. I felt like this book didn’t need all of the drama that suddenly got pushed into the story after 65%. Sadly, this book didn’t work for me but that doesn’t mean I will stop adoring CoHo because we all know how amazing she is. This book simply didn’t do it for me but that doesn’t mean you won’t like it. Should you give it a try? Sure, why not? Many readers are crushing on this book 🙂 If you give it a try, I hope it doesn’t disappoint you!

Fave Quotes

“Because who wants an incredibly written book sitting on their bookshelf if they have to stare at a shitty cover?”

“One of the things I always try to remind myself is that everyone has scars,” […] “A lot of them even worse than mine. The only difference is that mine are visible and most people’s aren’t.”

“Are you…booksting me?” […] “When a hot guy talks books with a girl. It’s like sexting, but out loud and with books instead of sex. Nor does it have to do with texts. Okay, so it’s nothing like sexting, but it made sense in my head.”

“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.”

About Colleen Hoover

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.

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15 responses to “November 9 by Colleen Hoover || It lacked that special Colleen Hoover touch

  1. Katie Lowden

    I agree! I love CoHo but it just seemed like everything happened all at once towards the end. With his brother, her finding the manuscript, just kind of got rushed and some parts weren’t even needed.

  2. I’m sorry this was a disappointment for you, Genesis. I haven’t read the book (don’t think I will either), but Nereyda shared excerpts with me while I was reading and I thought the book sounded incredibly stupid and not at all realistic and definitely not a typical CoHo book, which is sad. I hate drama that makes no sense, and I know both Fallon and Ben will annoy the crap out of me. So it’s better off if I stay away from this one. Hopefully, your next book by her is stronger!
    Great review, Genesis!

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    • Nereyda’s review was the one that led me to lower my expectations because they were beyond high! The drama in this book was so completely unnecessary and I feel bad that I didn’t enjoy it since I love CoHo but I guess not every book by her, I will connect with. Thank you Nick!

  3. I’m afraid of the melodrama! Which is why I’m afraid to try any Colleen books. So sad that you didn’t like it as much as the other books you’ve read (cause I know you love Ugly Love :P). But I still like the idea of them only meeting up once a year. However I think it’s dumb that they don’t talk to each other the rest of the time. *rolls eyes* Great review! 🙂

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  4. Sadly, I have read quite a few negative reviews about this- and the things that bothered you (and them) would have bothered me for sure. I read the spoilers because I am pretty sure I am never going to read this, and yeah, it does sound quite lacking, especially since I enjoyed quite a few of Colleen’s other books. The thing about being 23 is really weird and arbitrary too, I don’t think I could ever wrap my head around that nonsense- especially if it went on for five years! Great review though, I am sorry this was a disappointment for you.

  5. Oh no, so sorry that this one didn’t work for you, Gen. I think it would break my heart to give a CoHo book a low rating so that must have been hard. I loved it but I can understand the points you made. (In particular following the mom’s advice about waiting until 23. You can’t control when/how you fall in love and if it happens early for some are you supposed to just turn your back on it? Her “rule” seemed odd and totally arbitrary but I chose to just go with it.) I enjoyed reading your thoughts – and I hope your next read is a real winner!

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