“I think she expected me to let her go without a fight, but she’s not the kind of girl you choose your battles for. She’s the kind of girl you fight to the death for.”- Ben, November 9
Title: November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
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 love for Colleen Hoover’s books runs DEEP (therefore, this review may be a tad bias). I have read all of her multiple time and November 9 was no different (I have already read it FOUR TIMES!). It would be an understatement for me to say that I just LOVED this book, no, this book took over my life for a week and left me with the worst book hangover, EVER!
Before I get into my review, I thought that it would be fun if I shared my Goodreads updates for this book, mainly, because I think that their hilarious, but they also give you a good idea of all the emotions I was feeling while reading.
I went into this book not knowing what it was really about. I trust CoHo’s writing enough that I will devour just about anything she writes. The story begins with Fallon meeting her father for lunch at a diner. Fallon and her father do not have the best relationship, especially after she was critically injured in a house fire when she was sixteen. She was staying the night at her father’s house, but he forgot that she was there, so when the house caught fire, Fallon barely made it out alive. The date of the fire was November 9. Coincidentally, the date that she is meeting father for lunch is also November 9.
Before the fire, Fallon was an actress who was the star of television show, but was replaced after the fire left her with third degree burns and scars that run more than skin deep. She is hoping to start over now that she is eighteen and is leaving to New York in hopes of achieving her dreams: being on Broadway. Her father does not support her dreams and they get into a heated argument. Ben comes sliding in, hoping to ease the tension between the two by pretending to be her boyfriend. He ends up defending her which leads to Fallon’s father leaving the diner. The two end up spending the rest of the day together and Fallon learns that Ben is an aspiring novelist who is lacking inspiration. Sparks fly between the pair and Fallon comes up with an idea for Ben’s story. Once a year, on November 9, the two will meet at the diner at the same time and they will spend the day together, but for the other 364 days of the year, they will have no contact with each. Sounds easy enough, right? NOT EVEN CLOSE!
Right off the bat, I loved Fallon’s character. She was sassy and determined and she wasn’t going to let anything, or anyone, hold her back from achieving her dreams. She was so strong and independent and even though I wanted to slap her for jumping to conclusions, I understand why she did the things she did. Ben, Ben is my new favorite CoHo BOOK BOYFRIEND (sorry Warren, Ridge, & Holder)! He has such a way with words. I was already crying by the end of chapter three. The way he treats Fallon by making her feel like she is the only girl in the room is the CUTEST THING EVER!
I LOVE the way the book was formatted. It is told from alternating POV of both Fallon and Ben and there are a total of seven November 9’s. There are also chapters of Ben’s manuscript included as we get towards to ending of the book (BOOKCEPTION). Let me just say, I think that this has to be CoHo’s BEST BOOK TO DATE! The writing was ON POINT! I like CoHo’s writing because it’s lyrical, but my favorite thing has to be the way she writes a character’s inner thought and being able to see how her characters go about making decisions. I loved how she uses terms like “insta-love”, “TBR”, “spoiler-alert” and it just brought out my inner fangirl. Ben and Fallon also poked fun at romantic tropes throughout the book, yet their story is full of tropes.
I know this book sounds like all hearts and butterflies, and don’t get me wrong it has it’s cheesy moments, but it does get a bit dark towards the end. When all the pieces of the puzzle finally come together and we finally get to see the full picture, I was DONE FOR. I figured out the plot twist pretty early on in the book, but here’s the thing: PLOT TWIST HAD A PLOT TWIST that I did not see coming and I think that is the main reason why I enjoyed this book as much as I did. SHOCK FACTOR! By the end of the book, I was a complete HOT MESS!
Colleen Hoover’s books are not for everyone. Her books are fairly predictable and usually filled with romantic tropes that may cause you to roll your eyes, but I LIKE them none the less! Her characters are relatable and the banters between characters are entertaining. She also incorporates other artistic mediums into her work (like art, music, poetry) and everything just comes together nicely.
With that being said, if you haven’t picked up a CoHo book and you’re looking to try out her books, I HIGHLY (WITH THE UTMOST PRAISE) recommend picking this book up. Fun little fact, there is also a song for this book (ARTISTIC MEDIUM!). It is called November 9 and it is sung by Griffin Peterson (such an amazing artist) and I HIGHLY recommend listening to it so you can experience the FEELS.
I think I’m going to wrap it up here because this has become quite a long review, but before I end this review, I leave you with one last GIF: