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All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover – Book Review

Goodreads Synopsis:

Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.
Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.
All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

First things first, I promise I won’t spoil the general synopsis of this book, but if you want to go in completely clueless, stop reading now.  It won’t offend me whatsoever, but I just thoroughly need to discuss the beauty and the pain demonstrated by CoHo.  Although before you leave: 1.) GET THIS BOOK.  2.) Don’t start this book at 7 pm on a work night.  You will stay up until 1 am finishing it and work will be absolutely miserable the next day.  You’ve been warned.


About two years ago, a friend from college (who actually married one of my husband’s former teammates) was so open and raw about their struggle with infertility and their journey with IVF.  To be totally honest, I was completely clueless about this struggle because I’ve personally not arrived at that point in my life where that is something that I am pursuing (minor league baseball isn’t exactly conducive for co-parenting, if you know what I mean).  So when Owen began sharing their story via her blog (check it out here!), I was completely baffled, shocked, and honestly torn up.  How could these two people that are clearly so well-equipped, qualified, and ready for parenthood not be presented it on a silver platter?

As strong of emotions as I felt knowing someone that was going through this scenario, I honestly didn’t think that an author could do this topic justice.  Enter Colleen Hoover, the woman that has ripped my heart out multiple times but still manages to piece me together.  She presented the internal turmoil, the diminishing relationships, the societal pressure (“So when are you going to start having kids?” –like it’s always just that easy?!) that so many women deal with.  I would love to hear the opinions of someone that has experienced this situation, but in my opinion, SHE NAILED IT.

The story is oscillates between “then” and “now.”  “Then” shows how Quinn and Graham met (as shown in this excerpt!) and fell in love, while “now” shows their current marital status…which (to say the least) isn’t the happily ever after of most romance novels.  It’s real, it’s raw, it’s honest, and it’s everything that fans of CoHo expect from her AND the perfect demonstration of why we fell in love with her in the first place.

img_0855While I will point out the cursing in the book for those that are adamantly against it, the raw emotion of the characters is evident and you truly cannot put this book down.  Be prepared to be thrust into a whirlwind of feelings and heart-wrenching emotions.  Fortunately, I had all the puppy snuggles to dry my tears.

I once thought that Colleen Hoover couldn’t get better than Ugly Love or It Ends With Us.  I was oh so wrong.  I will be reading this book until I go blind, forcing everyone that I know to read it until I lose my voice, and loving this book until my heart stops beating.  Get your copy ASAP, you can thank me later.

Xx,

Kaylie

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