Thursday, May 19, 2016

Book Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Title: November 9

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria books (November 10, 2015)

Pages: 320

Blurb: 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.

Comment: When you start reading the book you ask, what makes a stranger intervene in somebody´s life without any apparent reason? He is crazy! Ben acts like a crazy boy when he meets Fallon. He isn´t; you´ll get the answer for this unusual behavior at the end of the book.

At the same time you have the feeling that nothing can separate them, you know that something might happen and make them take different paths; after all, a year is a long time. It pushes the story forward and makes things more interesting.

Ben is all girls dream of; he is gentle, cute, sweet, seductive, and he is in love with her. He is perfect! However, Ben has a dark side that is revealed only at the end of the book. Behind that apparent balanced guy that seems to be certain about what he wants to his life, there are pain, fear, repentance, and despair.

Ben is a warrior, he faces so many difficult situations that would make anybody collapse; he´s carried guilt on his heart for a long time, until he meets Fallon; however, you´ll only understand it at the end of the book. The last chapters will explain his attitudes. He´s a survival.

Fallon, on the other hand, is a girl who lost confidence. She doesn´t know how to handle her new life and a complicated relationship with her father. At the beginning, Fallon seems a very complicated character, but she isn´t. She is struggling to regain her confidence. Ben is the person who makes her rethink her life and face her new reality.

Fallon seems too daring for an inexperienced girl who never dated. Considering the fact that Ben is a stranger and they meet once a year, well... it´s a little weird. She is in love with him, but she refuses to admit it because it means that all she presumed she knew about life was false, her mother was wrong and it makes a mess in her already confused mind.

Sometimes I hated Fallon, other times I hated Ben. I even hated Colleen for had written some scenes. But if she had written the story differently, it wouldn´t have been so good. As Fallon would say, it makes a book a nine or ten.

At page 280 I started to panic. I was afraid the end wouldn´t meet my expectations. It wasn´t an epic ending, but it was a good one because it was the end I had pictured for the couple.

With a compelling writing - I couldn´t stop reading the book - many twists and turns, Colleen Hoover show us how a sweet relationship between two teenagers also has it´s dark side. Lies don´t last much time, even in a fictional world.

I loved the book!