Published by Simon and Schuster on November 10th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, New Adult, Contemporary, General, Fantasy
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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?
“One of the things I always try to remind myself is that everyone has scars,” she says. “A lot of them even worse than mine. The only difference is that mine are visible and most people’s aren’t.”
November 9, Colleen Hoover’s latest novel had me glued to the page from the very first scene. The story centers around former child star Fallon, and novelist Ben as they make an annual date to get together and tell everything that happened in the past year. The two first meet on the day Fallon decides to tell her father she’s moving to New York to return to acting. The catch? Fallon was badly burned two years ago in a house fire. How does someone who makes their living using their body as an instrument work as an actor with half of their body burned? That’s what Fallon’s famous dad wants to know. Thanks to a fight, Ben intervenes, and the two spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together.
“You’ll never be able to find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.”
I loved reading from the dual perspective of these two characters. Hoover wrote the dialogue in such a way that I felt I was listening to them talk right in front of me. Their natural way of speaking made reading the novel fly by. Not only that, but I was hugely invested in their relationship. Thanks to the burns on her body, Fallon’s confidence has taken a nose-dive, but reading how Ben loves her and sees her beauty was swoon-worthy to the nth degree. The chemistry between the characters was off the charts, and I hated it every time they would part, and let another year pass by.
“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.”
As the story develops you begin to realize that Ben and Fallon’s relationship is more complicated than you originally believe. With each passing year, their lives take them in different directions. Often with consequences you wouldn’t expect. I think that’s what hooked me the most. The “Will they? Won’t they?” aspect of the story. Since the two meet when they’re only 18 years old, you get the feeling that they might not necessarily end up together as they meet new people and have new experiences. That’s what helped to make the storytelling so intense.
I loved this book! So much so that I devoured it in one sitting, and kind of want to start it all over again. Colleen Hoover created two very complex, likable characters that you can’t help but root for no matter what happened along the way. I would recommend November 9 to anyone who’s interesting in a good love story with witty characters that will keep you guessing.