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.
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