Review: ‘November 9’ – a heartbreaking tale that teaches us to live each day to the fullest

november 9

Format: e-book, paperback

Format read: e-book

Series: Stand-alone

Rating: 15+ sensual content, language

Genre: New Adult

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The story follows a young couple that meet by chance and connect but because of their age they don’t want to do anything about it. Instead, they make a deal to meet once a year for the next five years, on November 9th, and spend the rest of the year becoming better people.

If it was possible to give this book more than 5 stars, this book would definitely get it. This book grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let you go even after the last words are read. Ben and Fallon are that adorably cute couple that you want to hate, but can’t because they are too cute.

What I loved the most was the irony of this book. At the beginning of the book, I like how the couple pokes fun at love stories and about how cliché it is, but then this book seems to follow down the same path as the cliché does. Also, I like how it references the stories that are similar to this one BUT then states how it’s different. It is like Hoover did this on purpose so that she can tell those readers the same thing.

I don’t know if there is anything that I would change about this book. While there are parts that I would change (because there is a quite a few) it’s more because I didn’t like how it hit me hard in the feels. Some books are able to just stroke the emotion and bring them to the surface, but this book doesn’t just hit you in the feels, it demolishes them. I don’t know how Hoover is able to get into the mind set of these characaters and how she can strike such strong emotions in them so that it makes them feel real. Yeah the whole only meeting once a year and them falling in love is a bit ridiculous, but the whole point of the book is the strongest part. It’s about embracing the day and living in the moment because they can be life changing.

Can we have a real life Benton Kressler? Please. He is the absolutely perfect kind of man that we need more of in this world. He is funny, caring, strong, romantic, sensitive, and a beautiful soul inside and out. He’s not afraid to put his heart on his sleeve (the writer in him) and while we all make like a book with an alpha male, it is nice to see that guys can be sensitive and caring just like he is.

I have read my fair share of Colleen Hoover books, not all of them but a good 80% of them, and this is by far my favorite book of hers. She is one of those authors that I find gets better and better with each new book that comes out. She is able to change her stories to fit the times and while there are times when it can be cliché, she is able to bring something new to the table that keeps you devastated but happy at the same time. If you haven’t read any of her books, you need to get on it because it will change your life.

Rating: A+

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