Book Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Good morning guys! Ahhh January is almost over but unfortunately it doesn't looks like it will be taking the cold weather with it. Which means another month of being inside, a fire burning and a book on my lap. Shame. If you saw my What I Got for Christmas post then you'll know that my parents were kind enough to gift me with some new reading material including this little gem: November 9. 

November 9 tells the story of Fallon, a 19 year old girl on the brink of moving from LA to New York. After a terrible accident that left her with scarring her acting career dried up and left her with incredibly low self confidence and a lack of meaning to her life.

Enter Ben Kessler. They meet the day before Fallon is due to leave for a new life in New York and after mutual attraction they end up spending her last day in LA together. This untimely fortune has them making a pact that they will meet every November 9th for the next five years. And every other day of the year? They will have no contact, blocking each other on social media and never exchanging phone numbers. It would be as if the other person doesn't exist. 

But as the November 9s progress Fallon begins to feel as if Ben might just be fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the book he plans on writing. All the confidence she's gained, what if it was just at the hands of a desperate author trying to secure a plot line? 


Wow, I sped through this book like a runner on steroids. It was my first Colleen Hoover novel and after hearing (and now experiencing) amazing things I can safely say it won't be my last. It was so gorgeously written, with captivating prose and loveable characters that I just couldn't help sitting down for hours. 

I do want to discuss a few of the characters and plot lines (there will 100% be spoilers that you do not wish to see!) so if you haven't read this book I highly, highly recommend it! In terms of rating I'd give 4 stars and a 75%. I know you're probably wondering why I didn't rate it higher but there were a few little things I had a problem with which I'll discuss below. Nonetheless I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good romance.

Okay let's talk about the main characters: I really liked Fallon. She wasn't whiney or annoying at all, her inner monologue was sassy and fabulous and I just really liked her. Ben on the other hand I had mixed feelings about. On one hand he was author-attractive, (I have a thing for writers / readers) kind, romantic and funny but on the other hand he was very, and I mean, very forward. Some of the comments he made and the way he acted were just so inappropriate. Like, you could tell Fallon was not comfortable in the situation and he basically pressurised her into going further with him on more than one occasion. Now, if I was in Fallon's shoes I'd be like 'jog on mate' but she didn't really do that. She just let him take advantage of her. Like come on girl, I know he's cute but he's pushing his luck right now. 

Oh god and then there was the fire?! I did not see the whole 'Ben is responsible' thing coming at all. Like mind blowingly crazy stuff there! When Kyle punched him in their house I was expecting something to do with drugs or alcohol not GBH?! To be fair I get why Fallon forgave him, because he was genuinely sorry about what happened and he didn't set out to do it on purpose but even so! 

And then there was the thing with Jordyn. I just don't understand how she could stand to be in that house after her husband was killed let alone get into a relationship with his brother. But what I really don't get is why Fallon was so angry. She basically told him she didn't want anything to do with him and he dated someone else?! You can't have it both ways love. 

But my absolute favourite thing about this book was the writing style. It was so funny and lovely, there was never a boring page! If you've read any of Colleen's other books please let me know as I need to read more! 


1 comment

  1. 'Mind blowing stuff there' haha!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com


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