5 stars · Angsty/Emotional · Friends to Lovers · New Adult · Tear Jerkers · With a Twist

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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Colleen Hoover
Fiction, New Adult
November 10th 2015

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.

ARIANNA’s Review

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Once again Colleen Hoover delivered a unique story that will stay with me for a while. This book like some others I have read from her, it made feel, really FEEL. It made me smile, it made me shed a tear or two and it made me care, really care for these two endearing characters. “November 9” was original from start to finish, it was beautifully written, with a fantastically executed plot and a love story that melt my heart.

“I thought I was stronger than a word, but I just discovered that having to say goodbye to you is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

November 9 is not just a simply date for Fallon O’Neill. Is the day her life changed irrevocably, is the day that changed her forever, is the day she would give anything to forget. But is also the date when she met Benton James Kessler. Ben is a college student, an aspiring novelist, a boy for whom November 9 has a certain significance. From the moment he meets Fallon, he is drawn to her and not only to her beauty, but to her personality as well. He sees the real Fallon, he doesn’t see the scarred, insecure girl who tried to hide from the world. And Fallon is drawn to Ben as well. They connect with each other from the start and they agree to spend this day, November 9 with each other. Despite the strong connection between them, they part ways, Fallon moving to New York to pursue a career on Broadway, but they agree to meet on the same day at the same place for the next five years.

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“November 9” is that kind of a book you need to experience for yourself, so I’m not going to give anything else away. Like I mentioned above this fantastic tale was original from start to finish. I loved the concept of the story. It was intriguing, unique and of course every chapter left me wanting more.

I absolutely loved this beautiful, unconventional love story between these two characters. Their love story made my heart ache, but they also made it melt. It was simply wonderful, believable and beautifully told. Colleen’s flawless, poetic writing made me devour this story. I lived it, I felt it, I fall in love with it.

I loved these two characters. Both Fallon and Ben were flawed characters, very well portrayed in such a great way. They were endearing, have depth and they were relatable. Fallon was an easy character to like from the start. At first she was portrayed as a vulnerable young girl, but as the story progressed we get to know a different Fallon – much stronger and more confident and I have to say I loved the ‘new Fallon’. I sympathize so much with her, but I’m not gonna lie, there were times when I really wanted to slap her. Needless to say I didn’t agree with all her actions.

Ben was a wonderful character and I fell in love with him from the very beginning. He was sweet and thoughtful, attentive and considerate, but what I loved the most about him was the way he made Fallon feels about herself. For Fallon he was like a breath of fresh air. I loved the way he talked with her, his gestures, his flirting, his sweet, sweet words.

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I adored their magical connection. You know why? Because I felt it with every fiber of my being. It was palpable from the beginning and I truly loved it. Fallon and Ben were wonderful together and their relationship warmed my heart. They completed each other in every single way and at times I really believed they were soul mates.

The story flowed fantastically well and the time jumps never felt too much. At times it was intense, angsty, but I loved every minute of it. What I didn’t like too much was the drama – unnecessary drama I could say. It was too much IMO.

Overall, a wonderful read!

“This is real life, and in the real world you have to bust your ass for the happy ever after… When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”

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