Format: e-book, paperback
Rating: 16+ language, sensual content
Genre: New Adult
In this story, we follow Auburn and Owen who meet by chance and have an instant connection. But forces outside of their control and their own secrets threaten to keep them apart and they will have to decide to keep their secrets or confess for the chance of true love.
This review has spoilers. I usually try and not to have spoilers in the review, but it was hard not to for this book.
While there isn’t a whole lot of interaction between AJ and Auburn that you see, you can feel the love that she has for him by the decisions that she makes. She is willing to give up anything and everything and be with someone who she doesn’t love so that she can be close to AJ. It’s not until Owen, that she has the strength to fight back.
Auburn and Owen are definitely flawed characters but what bonds them together is the fact that they will do anything to protect the ones that they love, even sacrifice their own happiness.
Trey is pretty much the villain in the story and you feel that in every way possible. The only good thing about him is how he is with AJ, but even then, you wonder if he’s just good to AJ so he can get to Auburn. It makes you wonder how he could be so different then Adam.
The only flaw I had with the book is the lack of character development. Having read a lot of Colleen Hoover’s books, you get used to a certain way of writing. Hoover is usually so in depth with the characters that she creates, you feel like you’ve known them forever. In this story, there isn’t so much of that. You get bits and pieces, but no where near the magnitude that she has done in the past.
The story touches your heart and when you learn that the confessions in the story are real confessions submitted by anonymous donors, it makes you see just how ugly this world can be at times. I like that Hoover also put in a few nice confessions. When you hear the word ‘confess’ it has a negative connotation. I like that Hoover showed that confession something doesn’t always have to be something negative.
And the paintings? Oh boy are the beautiful paintings. I do hope that someday in the future if there isn’t prints made, there should be because they are magnificent and I would love to have one or two.
This is one of Hoover’s better stories, definitely top 5 of my favorites of hers. It tugs on the heart strings, but has a clear message that you can take away: That sometimes you have to fight for what you want and deserve in your life.
What did you think of Confess?