[602]: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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November 9 / Colleen Hoover


Colleen Hoover’s novels are always sure money; I’ve rarely met one I didn’t like. She’s got a formula that works, and this is one of the few occasions when I hope an author would never ever “grow”, “experiment”, or deviate from what they know. New Adult novels tend to have a proven formula as well, but it’s a subgenre I don’t particularly like so they rarely grace my shelves. When I do, I’m even more selective. But I could never pass up on Ms. Hoover’s books. She’s got this thing where she’s able to thaw out my cold, cold heart and turn me into a puddle of barely recognizable goo.

SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR

Have you ever seen this old movie starring Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn? It’s about these two people who had a tryst and decided that they enjoyed it enough to want to continue seeing each other on the same weekend every year. Throughout the movie, you’ll only see a couple of characters; they’d talk about their lives outside of their affair. They were married to other people with families of their own. There was even a year when Doris was so pregnant they couldn’t have sex; a year when they fought because George was pro-war and Doris was against it. A year when Doris lost her husband. And finally, a year when there was nothing left but to finally be together.

NINTH CIRCLE OF HELL

While I was reading this book, I was reminded of how frustrating it would’ve been for me to be in George and Doris’ situation. I thought that if I felt so strongly about someone, I don’t know how I could stand having to wait an entire year to see them again. Imagine the prospect of the person you love meeting another in your absence. It’s simply unfathomable, but not impossible. The thing about Colleen is that she takes your relationship nightmares and raise to a whole new level of hell. That’s always been a constant in her books. So if you think you can sort of see where things are going, you are most probably going to be wrong.

PERFECTLY FLAWED CHARACTERS

There’s never a shortage of broken characters in NA novels. I get sick of them so easily because everyone seems to have gone through a minute variation of the same past or another. And while CoHo’s novels are also littered with angst-y cast of characters, she gives them personalities and identities outside of their past. Us, readers can’t get enough! She’s also got a whole arsenal of sweet, boy next door characters who has just enough darkness to make them perfectly flawed. The ladies aren’t too far away either. Fallon is an insecure character with a good reason. She went from a promising young star to a scarred, vulnerable woman.

IN RETROSPECT

It’s getting tougher and tougher to write a review for her books. One of these days, I’m going to stop trying. Because regardless of how familiar I’ve become with her writing and plotting style, I find that hers are far from regimented. There’s always something to look forward to her stories: the characters, the romance and even, dare I say it, the angst. Whatever it is, she makes the few tears worth it.


ATRIA BOOKS | Trade Paperback | November 10th, 2015 | 4 out of 5 Stars


  • She is a great author… and I think I will always pick up her books because she always adds an element that surprises me!

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    I agree, there is definitely always something to look forward to in her books. I’ve read a bunch of them but I think Maybe Someday is my favorite. I still need to try this one!

  • I’ve read Slammed by this author so far and enjoyed it. I’ll have to try this one too!

  • I have read a couple of Colleen Hoovers books and really dig her writing. I have Slammed to read, which was given to me by a fellow blogger who recommended it. I really have to make my way to reading it at some point. I don’t read YA romance as a rule, so I shy away from it, but I have to admit that I have been glad when I break away from my regularity for CH.

  • I can NOT freaking wait to pick this up! I absolutely love her books, and it seems like every title she comes out with his better than her last. I will always support her, especially because she’s such a dope human being! & come on, this lady just gets relationships!

  • I’m with you! I haven’t met a Colleen Hoover book I haven’t liked–and that didn’t make me cry. In the hands of certain authors, the formulas just work!

  • I’ve never read Colleen Hoover, but his book looks great and I keep hearing great things. One day. Great review Joy.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed this one Joy! The concept was a cute idea but I did find it a bit predictable. Lovely review!

  • I have a feeling that when I finally work up the courage to sit down and read one of her books, she will be one of the only NA authors that I would auto buy. Maybe that’s why its taking me so long to actual read one of her books. But I totally understand having a hard time reviewing a certain author’s books.

  • Aww I love that you liked this! Unfortunately, I tried out Ugly Love by her and abhorred it; then I read some reviews of this one and it seems like I would get frustrated with it too. 😛 Hopefully I’ll pick up a book of hers that I end up liking, though. Wonderful review!

    – Aila @ Happy Indulgence

  • One of these days I need to brave a Hoover book! I’m afraid of all the ugly crying I might do, Lol. I’m so glad she remains a favorite writer and even the angst seems to work beautifully in them.
    Lovely review, Joy : )

  • I haven’t seen Same Time Next Year but I think One Day by David Nicholls has a similar one (although it’s not an arranged meeting — I think the book just looks in on the two friends from college on the same day over the years.) I didn’t read One Day but I saw the movie and it has the most aggravating ending ever and I complained on Twitter about seeing a movie with an annoying ending and people were like: “oh, was it One Day with Anne Hathaway?” So all that is apropos of nothing. But I’m not sure this premise is for me….

  • RO

    A writer that turns you into goo, is a keeper for sure! (lol) Loved your review! Hugs…

  • I still haven’t read a Colleen Hoover novel, but I keep hearing wonderful things about this one 🙂 do you have any favourites? (Yes, I’m angling for a good one to start with recommendation 😛 )

  • Oh my god, I can’t wait to read this one. CoHo writes angst like no other. 😀

  • Adriana C

    I haven´t read any of her more recent work, I´ve only read Slammed series and Hopeless duology…..I think I need to read more of her book. Great review Joy!

  • Well now I’ll have to buy it. I’ve been hesitant to try anything new from Co-Ho since her last few releases felt like little ore than typical NA and was tiring of the same tropes, I’m broken, you’re an idiot, let’s have sex and eventually we’ll come to our senses. Seeing you’re such a no nonsense reader though Joy and still enjoyed it, I’ll be picking it up too. I haven’t seen that movie, but why would anyone cast the guy from mash as a love interest? Oh sexy times 😀

    Wonderful review Joy, so glad you enjoyed it <3

  • Gorgeous review Joy 🙂 Yay for loving this author a lot and enjoying all her books. <3 I don't think her books are for me, lol. Especially not this one :p But I'm so glad you liked this book a lot 🙂 Thank you for sharing. <3

  • Bec

    I’ve only ever read one Colleen Hoover book and really should try to read some more. So many people rave about her books.

  • Sara Walker

    I have to admit I haven’t been tempted to read this one yet. But you may have swayed me- I am a little curious. The last book I read (as in finished two days ago) was Hoover’s Ugly Love- which was okay. It was flawed, but I still enjoyed it. I am very curious about the concept of a annual meeting.

  • Now I’m curious.
    The only book I’ve read from Colleen Hoover, and loved, was Slammed and everything in that series. I remember crying buckets with that one! I don’t know why I haven’t gotten myself to read her other books but I think my welcome-back-Hoover book would be this. 😀

  • The characters and romance sounds great, and good to hear that she keeps writing winners for you

  • I’ve never read a Colleen Hoover book, but this review has me wanting to! I’ve always steered away from NA as they seem to follow the same formula, so I’m glad to hear her books are more unique. Wonderful review!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    OMG I don’t think this book is for me Joy! Just reading your description of the movie that’s along the same lines caused me so much stress. WHY DIDN’T THEY JUST TRY AND BE TOGETHER?!!! Not sure I could handle this one, but I do want to give Colleen Hoover a try someday:)

  • shootingstarsmag

    I still haven’t read any of her books. I do want to check this one out though! A friend of mine didn’t like it, but most book reviews I’ve read have been fairly possible. 🙂

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • She’s one of my favorite NA writers! I love how consistence she is. I can always count on breezing through her books, and enjoying most of the characters. Great review!

  • I actually watched the movie you’re talking about and I hated the concept. I don’t like the idea of being crazy for someone and then only seeing them once a year. I thought of the movie when I read the blurb on Nov 9 and thought, no thanks. Also, I’m still gun shy with CoHo after reading and hating Maybe Someday. I may try the novella Maybe Not and see if she can still work her magic on me. Glad you enjoyed the story, Joy! 🙂

  • It feels like she’s been writing stories about my life! Hahaha JK

    So I haven’t read any of her books because it’s too close to home. Like this one? I’ve been in a long distance relationship for YEARS so a year of not seeing your loved one is beyond relatable for me. This is the CHoover book for me, it’ll tear me apart, let me know if she writes something less sad and more shiny happy people

  • Yup, Same Time, Next Year is what I immediately thought of when I first read the blurb. And totally agree about her writing. She’s a sure thing.

  • kindlemom1

    I couldn’t agree more, she is one of the few authors that I still read and look forward to all the angst and emotion she will bring out.

  • Wonderful review, Joy! I love
    format of it. My latest attempt with CoHo book wasn’t good, I’m afraid. I
    actually planned to stay away from her works, since they didn’t work for me
    anymore. But the audiobook of November 9 is tempting, because it’s narrated by
    one of my favorite narrators Zachary Webber.

  • I have yet to pick up a Colleen Hoover – I’m not sure they’ll work for me! I’m glad you had a good read though, and that you’ve found an author who delivers!

  • Nicole Hewitt

    I’ve been looking forward to this one, so I’m glad that you really enjoyed it. I feel like I need to be in the right mood for CoHo – but when I am, her books are perfect!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • Jazmen

    I’ve read two Colleen Hoover novels both left me feeling underwhelmed. There’s nothing specifically wrong with her writing or her character but they just don’t seem to do anything for me. BUT, Colleen Hoover as a person–she’s awesome. Which is why I bought Ugly Love and November 9–I’m hoping to feel this good about this book! I’m really hopeful! Nice review, Joy!

  • Nick(Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite

    I’m glad this was a success for you, Joy.
    I think for now I’m done with CoHo sadly. Her books are starting to feel a bit repetitive to me in terms of angst and sometimes they are too angsty. I will always love her first few books, but for now, I’m taking a break from her.

  • Fantastic review! I couldn’t agree more with how you feel about CoHo. Her books are always so unique that I keep coming back for more, even when I’m totally burnt out on the NA genre. She manages to win me over every time. I loved this book!

  • Now this is a pretty interesting concept. I have heard a lot about her books but haven’t been able to read one of them for myself yet and I honestly can’t wait to do so because everyone seems to just love every single book this girl writes! I want that for myself too :3 Brilliant review as always, Joy. You have me wanting to read it!

  • Melliane

    I know some were disappointed in this one while others loved it. For now I always loved the books I’ve read by the author so I confess that I’m quite curious to try it too!

  • I’m really glad that you enjoyed this book. It is always such a nice thing when you find a good author and can rely on them to give you a good book every time. 🙂

  • I will try a book one of these days

  • I totally pictured that movie when I read this! I have only read a couple of Hoover’s books now and have a couple in my tbr and actually on audio. I have really loved them all, but this one in particular-a bit more than you I think. Glad you enjoyed it as well 🙂