Monday, January 2, 2017

Review: NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover

by Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Published by Atria Books
Pages: 310
Source: Gift


Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

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.

My Thoughts

My experience reading NOVEMBER 9 is proof that I should never start a Colleen Hoover book right at bedtime, especially when my bedtime is around midnight. I started it knowing I wouldn’t be able to stop, but I thought exhaustion would overtake me. Nope, that didn’t happen. Instead I ended up reading through the night. At 6 a.m., I finally forced myself to put it down even though I didn’t really want to. My inability to put this book down and the desire to continue reading says volumes about Colleen’s writing and storytelling.

What I liked:
  • Ben The Writer - the nicknames they had for each other
  • Fallon The Transient - see above
  • The romance book cliche moments and how they point them out while in those moments
  • The non-alpha male Ben, who unexpectedly had a totally hot ALPHA moment
  • All that there is to love about romance books, and Fallon’s love for them. “I enjoy reading books like that because it’s not at all the life I lead. It’s completely different than any situation I’ll ever be in, thank God.” (loc: 1302). I’m pretty sure I said these exact words about a book that I read recently. I loved it, but THANK GOODNESS it is not my life.

A Favorite Quote:
“. . . comfort can sometimes be a crutch when figuring out your life.” (loc: 948).

I love how the Dylan Thomas quotes are used throughout. I read some of his work in college and held on to his books since then (12+ years) in hopes of reading them again. After finishing NOVEMBER 9, I plan to do just that.

Like all of Colleen’s books, NOVEMBER 9 is filled with love and heartache and lessons, but it’s always the love that is felt the most.

I read NOVEMBER 9 on January 1, and I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year.

Disclaimer:  I received this finished copy from a friend.  I was not compensated in any way for this review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. Glad you enjoyed this!! I love Colleen's books so much and agree starting them at bedtime is not the best lol. Great review!!

    1. Her books are the best! I still have a few left to read. I'm slowly making my way through them. I always want to have at least one unread book until the next book is published so I know that I will always have something to look forward to.


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