Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

November 9 Book Cover November 9
Colleen Hoover
Contemporary Romance
Atria Books
November 10, 2015
Audiobook
310
Public Library
September 11 - 14, 2023

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?

Review

I was warned. 

They said “Don’t start (reading Colleen Hoover) with this book, it will break you.”

I ignored them. 

November 9 is my first foray into the literary world of Colleen Hoover.

As I read this book I wondered to myself, “What are they talking about? I saw this ‘revelation’ coming from a mile away. I’m not shattered into a million pieces.” 

But then it hit me. Not the first “twist” but the second. 

November 9 is the story of Fallon and Ben. Both 18, they meet on November 9, the anniversary of the date Fallon was trapped in her fathers burning house. Ben expresses his interest in Fallon, but Fallon tells him she refuses to get into a serious relationship until age 23, plus she’s moving across the country that night. Ben, an aspiring author, makes a suggestion – every year they meet on the same date, at a prearranged time location, and he’ll write a book with her as his muse. They do not exchange phone numbers, email addresses, and block each other on social media, so nobody can cheat.

Each subsequent November 9 we see them meet again, and watch their relationship blossom and grow, despite the fact they only spend a few hours with each other each year. By the final year, it’s clear they’re in love, but when Fallon learns a hard truth about Ben, she can’t just forgive and forget. She’s utterly devastated. 

I literally can’t say anything else or I’ll ruin the entire book. Just know that if you guess the ending, you are not safe from shattering as the story continues. 

I am officially on the CoHo bandwagon and am on the waitlist on more of her books with my local library.

Read this book. Just do it. You and your broken heart can thank me later.

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