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.
I always enjoy Colleen Hoover’s books and November 9 was no exception. Her writing is always unique and different, and she creates wonderfully flawed characters. I just don’t know if November 9 lived up to the expectation I have come to have for Colleen Hoover. November 9 might be one of those books I have to re-read in order to fully decide how I feel about it, but for now these are my thoughts!
I really like Fallon, she was flawed and struggling in the beginning and I think Hoover did an excellent job showing the struggle she was having. Meanwhile, I absolutely could not stand Fallon’s father, I thought the story line and the tension between them was really well done. The personal journey that Fallon went on throughout the book progressed at a good pace, but as a reader I would have liked to see a little more focus on that journey. Fallon had a lot of potential as a character, but I think a little more depth was in order. Which brings me to Ben…Soooo many mixed feelings when it comes to this guy. I initially absolutely adored him! I thought the “fake-boyfriend” act he put on was adorable and an extremely cute thing to do! But there were quite a few things he said to Fallon throughout the book where I sat there thinking “ummm did he really just say that!?” Then things would turn around and another absolutely adorable thing would happen between Fallon and Ben…can you see why I’m all over the map with this book?!
I have to give credit to Hoover for taking a concept that has somewhat been used before and making in entirely her own. I was worried that it would resemble One Day a little too much and thankfully that was not the case. I also really liked the concept of a book in a book, I thought it was a creative touch and enjoyed how that played out in the end! Hoover’s writing is as addictive as ever and even though I couldn’t stand certain parts of the story I just had to keep reading! I think one of my favourite parts of the story was the cameo of one of my favourite Hoover couples! (I won’t ruin the surprise!)
So for now I am putting my rating in the middle, because my thoughts are just all over the place when it comes to this one. Definitely think it will be on my Re-read list for 2016.