December 14, 2015

New Adult Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

November 9 by Colleen Hoover (Nov. 10, 2015)
320 pages
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: The library.
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: 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 Review

There were many things I liked and disliked about Colleen Hoover's new novel November 9. I think her fans will devour this book just like her others, but for a new Hoover fan I gotta say that I wasn't that impressed. I liked the writing and the characters, but this story wasn't as captivating as the other books that I have read by her.

Fallon and Ben are an interesting pair. I liked them from the second I met them. Ben was rather humorous, see for yourself.. "She's probably pissed at me right now, and we've only been fake-dating for half an hour." ~ Ben, pg. 23 I really did cheer this couple on and hope for the best.

But it wasn't the characters I didn't like or the unique way their story was told. I liked that they met up every year on November 9 and that was when we found out what happened to our characters. So what didn't bother me? It was the crazy things that happened that I swear would only occur in a romance novel. I know I read a lot of fantasy and other unrealistic novels, but when I am sitting down to read a contemporary romance I do expect it to have some sort of realistic vibes to it, because I like reading a romance novel that is at least somewhat believable, because it gives me hope that big romance can happen in real life. Does that make sense at all?

Anyway, I did like November 9, but I didn't love it. I didn't really like where the plot went and I'm just not sure this one was for me. It did still pack a punch on my feels though as all of Colleen Hoover's books tend to do, but Maybe Someday is still my favorite book of hers and probably will be forever.


  1. Totally agree! When I read a romance novel, I also want it to have a more down-to-earth, realistic vibes as well. Though I do love Hoover, I haven't enjoyed every book by her. But she is and will always be one of my favorite authors! And of course I'll be picking this one up when I can! Glad you enjoyed it though it did have a few things you didn't like that much about it.

    Lovely review!

    1. Right? What is your favorite book of hers? I am interested to see what you think of November 9.

  2. Ehhh I am not the biggest Colleen Hoover fan to begin with (based solely on my experience with Hopeless which I know is NOT fair but it is what it is) and I also don't like when things are unrealistic (I know EXACTLY what you mean) so I will probably be skipping this one although it does sound like I'd like ben!

    1. I don't think I will ever read Hopeless. lol I think you would like Ben, but it was just so out there sometimes I was cringing! There are better romances out there that I think are more your (and my) style.

  3. I swallowed the pill, I tend to love impossible romances..sorry this wasn't a favorite.

  4. Hmm... this actually reminds me of a story that Anne Hathaway starred in. They called I guess or met up on a certain date to see how their life was going. Unless I'm completely remembering it wrong. I don't know. I wasn't in a rush to read this anyway.


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