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.
Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?
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by Colleen Hoover
November 10, 2015
I am pretty new to the phenomenon that is Colleen Hoover. I had heard all about her books and finally read one, Maybe Someday, and realized just how good of a writer she is. So when Lexxie at Unconventional Book Views reviewed November 9 recently, I immediately bought and read it. As in, I could literally not put it down.
It’s Fallon’s last day in California, as she is moving to New York. She’s out to lunch with her arrogant actor father and having a rough time of it. Fallon’s face and left side were burned in a fire a couple of years before while she was staying with her dad. Her father tries to convince her that she can no longer have a career as an actor and even brings up the fact that she no longer even dates. Cringe worthy! When Ben steps in and pretends to be her boyfriend in order to get her father to lay off her, it begins an odyssey for both Fallon and Ben.
Both characters are eighteen and Ben is a college student/writer. Fallon had starred on a television show, but lost the job after the fire. November 9 is now, both the anniversary of the fire, and of their meeting. They spend the day together and each realizes that they have found someone special. They agree to meet on each November 9, until they are twenty three. Twenty three because that’s the age her mother thinks most people know what they want in life. So they agree to a pact-no phone calls, no numbers, no social media,or emails exchanged. Nothing but waiting for the next year.
The premise was different, and although there are similar book/movies out there, this one was a completely different type of story.Of course, I haven’t even delved into half of what happens in this read. Things aren’t always as they seem and sometimes people harbor huge secrets-the kind of secrets that are life changing. Sometimes, people can be completely wrong in their estimation of another person and that is explored as well. The book jumps in time from one November 9th, to the next.
Fallon and Ben were fascinating characters. Both have flaws and both have things that cause them angst.They are real in their feelings for each other, but as in life, five years can bring many changes and does for both.The reader is witness to all the changes in both of their lives, and to the deepening of their feelings for each other. What maddened me at times was that they go so long without being able to call or contact each other-relying on others to do so when needed and only on November 9th. In that respect, it was kind of unbelievable for me and had me practically yelling at my book at times.
Hoover’s writing is nothing short of amazing as can be expected from a #1 New York Times bestselling author. If you enjoy having all the “feels” in a read, this one definitely measures up, and in a big way.There’s a beautiful romance here, but the reader has to go through some major turmoil at times to get to the end. I think I loved every minute of the journey.
Highly recommended adult read.
The review copy of this book was purchased by the reviewer.
About Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover is the author of ten New York Times bestselling novels. She self-published her first novel, SLAMMED, in 2012. Five months later it debuted on The New York Times. Colleen has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. Her next novel, November 9, is scheduled to release in November, 2015.
Ugly Love, a novel she released in August, 2014, is currently in pre-production with Hackybox Pictures and is slated to release in 2016.
You can follow Colleen on Instagram and Twitter @colleenhoover. You can also find her on her blog at http://www.colleenhoover.com or on her very active Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/authorcolleenhoover