“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.”
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??)