10/31/15

REVIEW + INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY: NOVEMBER NINE BY COLLEEN HOOVER!!

Title: November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Release Date: NOVEMBER 10, 2015!!

SYNOPSIS:
Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of 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.
Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?
PURCHASE HERE:

If I were to put the emotions I felt while reading this book on a graph chart, it would look like tidal waves. I laughed. I feared. I felt gut-punched. I hoped. I was all over the place. I went in to November 9 completely blind, not even reading the blurb. I never read blurbs, but I'm especially glad I didn't read this one. The unpredictability made this reading experience so beautiful, so much more emotional, so much more angsty. Most romances follow a formula and no matter the path an author takes, you can safely assume where you'll end up. For me, there was nothing predictable about this book. Hoover sets up an epic romance fraught with humor and heartbreak, love and loss... but she peppers it with reminders that this isn't your garden variety romance novel. Woven throughout this meticulously crafted storyline are those moments, those subtle hints reminding the reader that Ben isn't the stereotypical leading man, that a happy ending doesn't have to be the cookie cutter ending it often is, that the tropes we see in romance won't be found within these pages. There was no way to really know where Hoover would take me... where she would take Fallon and Ben... and that might be the most perfect thing about this story.

This is a book for romance readers. I know that doesn't make a lot of sense, but it does. Trust me, it does. Colleen Hoover takes us inside the mind of a writer and a reader in this story, takes all the typical romance cliches we've grown so accustomed to and shakes them up giving them a refreshing believability. Insta-love, angst, damaged, flawed characters, a struggling actress and a blossoming writer, it's all in there but it's crafted in a way that is so deliberate and perfect and honest that there is absolutely nothing cliche about it.

I don't want to get into the plot details because I believe November 9 is best experienced first-hand. Go in blind. It'll be so worth it. However, I will say this. The only flaw I *initially* felt existed in this book was the absence of any awkwardness between Fallon and Ben where one would expect there to be some. Taking into account the time frame, one might expect some hesitation, some awkwardness, some insecurity and it felt a little too...comfortable, too easy. It felt good though. And right. But a tad unrealistic in that one respect. With that said, I take it all back. Never mind. Disregard. Look away. Move along. Nothing to see here, folks. It's like Colleen Hoover knew every thought I'd have while reading this book so she shot down my thoughts before I could finish thinking them. When I thought this book was unrealistic at times, lacking the awkwardness, the authentic reactions in those brief moments that I felt would've made it more believable, Hoover reminded me that I read fiction for the break from reality... to stop expecting realism and enjoy fiction for what it is. And she was right. When I wanted to compare November 9 to other stories I thought were slightly similar, she pointed out all the ways it was so not like those other stories at all. And she was right. When I started to think I knew exactly where this book was going, she reminded me that a story isn't finished until it's done. And she was right. When my stomach hurt not knowing how this story could end, Colleen Hoover reminded me that a happy ending doesn't have to mean that two people end up together, it's still a happy ending as long as those two characters are happy in the end, whether they're together or not. And she was right. It turns out Colleen Hoover was right about all the things, most importantly how to write a completely captivating love story rife with raw emotion, humor, relatable smart characters and even smarter dialogue.

Colleen Hoover's unputdownable, unpredictable, moving depiction of two people whose lives changed forever when their paths converged on November 9 is absolutely nothing like anything she's written before. November 9 is 'equal parts exquisite and excruciating.' It's heart-wrenching and emotionally-taxing but at the same time, laugh-out-loud funny, heart-warming and hopeful. Everything from the timing to the character development to the witty banter to the shocking plot twists were so perfectly executed. All of that in conjunction with Hoover's flawless, unique writing style just put November 9 up there with Maybe Someday and Slammed as one of my top CoHo favorites!!

Jessica's Rating:

· I love that Ben is an aspiring writer but never intends to read a romance novel until Fallon suggests it... and once he does, he finds he rather enjoys them! As both a writer and a reader, WHY do you think men should read romance?

I believe men (and a lot of women) think romance is still the same as when their mommas read it. But contemporary romance centers around so much more than a sappy love story. There are epic plot twists, sometimes action and suspense. So much a guy would love if they could get past the stigma. Some of my favorite things are when I get emails from men whose wives (thank you, wives!) told them to just give one of my books a chance, and they ended up loving it.


· Being a romance author in this ever changing writing climate, can you give us your TOP 5 things a romance author NEVER wants to hear? :-)

Oh, gosh, are you trying to get me in trouble? Lol. I’ll tell you a few things I hear a lot and the responses I sometimes give. Lol.

1) You’re an author? You HAVE to write a story about my life!

Colleen’s response: No one can tell your story better than you.

2) I’ve always wanted to write a book!

Colleen’s response: I’ve always wanted to write a book too, so I did. A lot of times. What’s stopping you?

3) Your stories would be better if they had less swear words in them.

Colleen’s response: I write realistic fiction. People fucking cuss in real life.


· I highlighted the hell out of November 9. There's so many beautiful, thought-provoking quotable lines in this book!!! Can you share a few of your favorites?

I think one of my favorites is a sad one from Fallon. “Why didn’t you tell me that the foundation you taught me to stand on was made from quicksand?”



Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, and Confess. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.



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10 comments:

  1. Nice view....can't wait to dive into another CoHol read. Those commonly asked questions...omg!

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  2. Nice review. Colleen is my favorite author so I always enjoy reading interviews with her. Thanks!

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  3. loved the interview and your awesome review, can't wait to read it :D

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  4. A romance that isn't predictable, I love the sound of that. Not that there's anything wrong with predictable romances, but to have a romance book you can't predict where things will end up sounds amazing. I only have read one Colleen Hoover book so far and really should pick up sme of her other books soon. It's great when an author can make you feel so many emotions when reading. Great Review!

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  5. Sounds like a great book! I can't wait to read it!

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  6. Sounds like a great book! I can't wait to read it!

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  7. Love this! Can't wait to read this book!!!

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  8. *Cristy Marie Poplin*

    Colleen Hoover is the real MVP, and more and more people are starting to figure that out.

    Never have I ever read a book like Colleen Hoover's
    Maybe Someday,
    Slammed,
    Confess,
    or Ugly Love.
    Never, Never by Colleen and Tarryn is also a tremendous, completely unique series, though the third installment hasn't yet been published. (Dying for that update. Dying.)

    I borderline stalk her on social media (her updates = everything), which I never ever do this with authors. Sometimes Stephen King when I'm feeling dark, but that's beside the point. Colleen Hoover is phenomenal.

    I bought the kindle edition for November 9, and am stoked for the paperback giveaway. Fingers crossed!

    BTW: Awesome review. It just makes me that much more excited for release day. I'll be following your website. :)

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  9. Reviews teases me and I can't actually wait to have a copy of November 9 right before my eyes. thanks for the review and for the chance :D

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