Today seems like the perfect day to write about another Colleen Hoover book (TBH, any day is the perfect day to discuss CoHo…but especially today and this book in particular). It’s November 9! It’s a chilly day in NC, so today we’re sipping on some apple cider! Wanna spike it? You do you. Wanna stand on a table? You do you.
When Fallon was a little girl, she nearly lost her life in a fire at her father’s house. Fortunately she survived, but was left with scars that cost her the starring role in a television series. She’s very resentful toward her father for forgetting that she was in the house the night of the fire, plus he is a pretentious, self absorbed asshole (tell us how you really feel, Kay) that believes her acting career is over simply because of her scars. During a lunch that is clearly heading nowhere fast, aspiring novelist Ben steps in, pretending to be Fallon’s boyfriend to provide her with some relief. Their attraction is immediate, but there are a couple of problems. 1.) Fallon is moving from L.A. to NYC…like, that night, and 2.) Fallon refuses to enter a relationship with anyone before she turns 23 (random, but according to her mom that’s when everyone has figured out what they want out of life and are then suited to find a partner). So they come up with an agreement: they will meet each other for one day only for the next 5 years (I’ll give you one guess what date they chose…*ding ding ding* November 9!). No other phone calls, Facebook stalking, texting, emailing, etc. Then, after those 5 years, they will decide if they want to start their relationship. After various trials and tribulations, love and loss, and one big secret, Fallon must decide if her relationship with Ben has been true or if it existed only to create the perfect plot twist.
My favorite part of this novel was watching Fallon progress over time, becoming more comfortable in her own skin, literally and figuratively. While she started somewhat timid and insecure, she had such sass, such spunk! I might have to say that she’s my favorite CoHo leading lady to date (shhh…don’t tell the others)! Ben, on the other hand, I honestly had a love-hate relationship with. He was so sweet and charismatic one minute, and then made me want to throw my book at him the next! Regardless of how I felt about them, the characters were so well written, so sympathetic, that I just wanted to give them a big squeeze and tell them everything will be alright in the end (or maybe I was just wanting that reassurance myself? IDK it got pretty scary)
As always with CoHo, you will go from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows in less than a page. It almost felt like someone punched me in the gut or ripped my heart out and crushed it right in front of me. Still, in true CoHo fashion, Fallon and Ben’s story is irresistible, so I still kept coming back for more. Seriously though, brace yourself for the twist…it’s a tough one to come back from.
Also, for those of you that have read Ugly Love (or, as I like to call it “Ugly cry so much because I absolutely Love it”), you’ll get to see our good friend Ian once again! I absolutely love finding the hidden Easter eggs in CoHo’s novels (she actually features the Bookworm Box in Without Merit), so I feel as though I’m always on the look out for these fun little additions.
Thanks for stopping by, y’all! Have you head this one? Be sure to let me know in the comments what you thought! Happy November 9 🙂