I don´t know how she does it, but Colleen Hoover gave proof again that she can catch you with romance and raw emotions the same way as other authors with their thrillers. Since I have finished this, I haven´t read any other book. I had some in my hands, yes, but I didn´t start reading – the impact this novel had on me has still captured me.

November 9*
by Colleen Hoover
Publisher Atria Books November 10, 2015
Genre Romance
Pages 320
Format Softcover
Source Library

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?
Fallon is what the world calls a “natural beauty”. A girl who is blessed with a gift. The gift of being a beautiful girl who has a heart. In Hollywood a rare thing. But since the terrible fire, everything has changed. Her father has turned himself into an ignorant asshole and her mother is the only constant positive and encouraging thing that has remained in her life. And then there is Ben. The stranger who comes to her rescue when her father once more proves that he is as blind and ignorant as selfish and heartless.

The style is soft, easy to read, and yet has such an emotional and stirring impact – holy Christ! How does Colleen do it? I am still not able to tell ya. The story is haunting, sensitive, shows emotions of all different kinds, and is as beautiful as you could wish for. Sure, there are scenes in it that you rather wouldn´t have to read, but they belong in this novel and fit perfectly in. And they give you clues that something isn´t the way it seems at first sight. That there is something to come that will turn everything upside down and back again. 

While reading I had to literally remind myself to breathe again because I very often held my breath - the plot was so thrilling, fascinating, and breathtaking. And towards the end, it is even getting more romantic and thrilling despite all the drama that happens at the same time.

Fallon is a wonderful teenage girl. She has her heart in the right place, is sensitive to others, and knows how to deal with her father when he thinks that he can screw around with her. Not gonna happen. Nope, Sir. But with Ben, her heart is going on a rollercoaster. Fallon is fighting the feelings she is having from the very first second, she meets Ben. And Ben does everything to convince her that they can have both, their love and life. If only Fallon stops searching for answers or jumping to the wrong conclusions …

Holy mother of god, this was amazing! If you´re no Colleen Hoover fan yet, this is the perfect way to start. I am still trying to catch my breath, still trying to calm down and still in an emotional turmoil. And that´s saying something. Grab some tissues – you will need them!

Happy reading

*I read the German edition Nächstes Jahr am selben Tag by dtv on March 10, 2017 

Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover ©Jen Sterling

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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