Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria books (March 10, 2015)
Blurb: At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.
To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.
Comment: The romance between Owen and Auburn is the central part of the story; however there are Trey and Adam; Adam is dead but he takes part of the story as if he is still alive. Colleen´s stories are very creative and rich. She creates a perfect environment around the characters what makes them look real and palpable.
At the beginning you don´t understand why Auburn and Owen are so resistant to admit their love; it´s so slow that you think they will never be together. Owen has many secrets, and keep them from Auburn; you won´t discover what really happens until the last chapter.
There´s a lot of drama. Colleen could have explored it more. She failed in the process ‘show, don´t tell’. Many parts of the book are told, not showed. Lack of emotion is an issue too; it turns the story a little boring and makes it just another sad story with a happy ending.
The characters are superficial; it´s hard to have a connection with them. Due to the secrets, sometimes it is hard to understand what´s going on. Sometimes I screamed mentally “Why are you so idiot? Do something!” Their lack of initiative enraged me.
I enjoyed reading the book because the characters are very real; I´ve known many people like them; people that are manipulated and just can´t do anything to change it. It´s very sad.
It is a good book, but not an exceptional one. It disappointed me; after reading November 9, I expected much more from this one.