November 9 by Colleen Hoover

“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.”

November 9

Rating: 5 stars

I said it once and I’ll say it again … I would read anything by Colleen Hoover even her grocery list. It’s been two days since I finished November 9 and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I wanted to write a review before but didn’t find the proper words to describe what I was feeling.  

Colleen Hoover is a phenomenal writer and knows how to make any reader feels what the character are feeling. She never fails to make me speechless after finishing one of her books. I managed to avoid spoilers and anything related to the story from the moment this book was released and I didn’t even know how since it was released 7 months ago. 

November 9 is not just a date for our two protagonists Fallon and Ben. On November 9 and when she was 16, Fallon was in her father’s apartment when a fire took place. She was burned and had scars for the rest of her life. She would do anything to forget this date. As for Ben, he had his own reasons (avoiding spoilers for people who didn’t read the book yet).

Loved how Fallon and Ben met with Ben faking being her boyfriend in front of her father. Since the moment they met and i fell instantly in love with their relationship. Fallon became the muse of Ben and he started writing his first novel. They agreed to meet every November 9 till they 23 with no interactions between them. This made me wait every November 9 to know how they will interact with each other. Everyone “needs a” Ben in his life who will make any girl feels like she’s a princess.

“People don’t feel uncomfortable when they look at you because of your scars, Fallon. They’re uncomfortable because you make people feel like looking at you is wrong. And believe me—you’re the type of person people want to stare at. People want to stare at you. Believe me, I’m one of them.”

Fallon was struggling with her own insecurities and Ben was there to help her every step of the way. Ben had his own issues, and that’s a mystery for us, one that is revealed during the progression of their story.
They completed each other in a way no one can understand. They had their own world every November 9. I wanted them to be a thing already and not see each other just during this date. They will make you feel every single emotion. One one page these two would have the reader dying from laughing then on the next page he would be crying. 

Every plot twist that happened after we thought that they were finally together and nothing will come in the way, was frustrating. Like every CoHo book something tragic that happened in the past has to make an appearance in the present and make everyone go crazy. I was waiting for something to happen, especially that Ben didn’t let Fallon read his manuscript once, but didn’t expect the plot twist to be like that.  

Hats off for Colleen Hoover for writing another amazing story and can’t wait to read her newest books (Can August come any sooner??) 

Never Never (1, 2, 3) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Part 1
“Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.”

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Part 2
“Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can’t imagine, beckons to be found.” 


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Part 3
“Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything. Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?”

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Rating: 3 stars (All the novellas) 

It’s a good thing that I’ve waited till now to read the novellas all together, because I don’t think I would’ve been able to wait so long between their releases, especially after the cliffhanger in the first part.

The novellas follow the story of Silas and Charlie who have both lost their memories at the same time and they don’t know why. They can remember everything except anything related to them.

I loved the mystery surrounding the books. It was like the 2 protagonists and the readers were discovering together what’s happening in the present and what happened in the past. Writing the notes was a clever idea so that they will continue their search the day after without losing so much time.

I loved Silas so much. He’s not perfect but he’s nice, a gentleman and the list can go on. In the 3 novellas, he made sure that Charlie was okay and he didn’t give up when she was lost. He wanted from the start to make Charlie fall in love with him all over again.

On the other hand, Charlie wasn’t an easy character.If Silas wanted to remember, she didn’t since she was discovering that she was mean to people and wanted to start again. She wanted to be with Silas yet at the same time she still didn’t want to remember a thing. It’s comprehensible because of everything she went through in the past.

The first 2 novellas were good but the 3rd one wasn’t what I expected to be. It was still good but I wanted to have more and to be a little longer. Anyway I was glad I read them and I might read more Tarryn Fisher’s books in the future since it was the first time I read something by her.

 “Trust your gut. Not your heart, because it’s a people pleaser, and not your brain, because it relies too heavily on logic.” (Never Never Part 3)