Yay! Another blog post. I always feel somewhat elated when I get a blog post up. I refuse to schedule blog posts. It doesn't fit with the natural flow of energy for me LOL. Anyhoo, what can be considered the blessing and the curse of bookstagram is the influence. One thing that is for certain is that the community has shown an immense amount of love for this author, Colleen Hoover, so I decided to pick this up to see what the hype is all about. I started this book today and I finished this book today. *insert another feeling of elation when finishing a book*. I would like to think of this novel as the inception of books; a novel about a love story about a book about that love story. make any sense? Probably not so check the synopsis. 

CONSIDER BEFORE READING THIS THAT THIS STORY HAS MANY EMOTIONAL TRIGGERS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. The two main characters, Fallon and Ben, meet each other not so coincidently at a restaurant on November 9th where Fallon is meeting with her seemingly disenchanted and emotionally neglectful father. Fallon was a famous actress on a popular TV show, but her career is halted due to injuries she sustained in a horrible fire at her dad's home which subsequently affects her self perspective and her self confidence. Ben is an aspiring writer who falls ...madly in love with Fallon although Fallon seems to thwart their impending romance by deciding that they should never connect with one another except on November 9th each year. This date is significant for many reasons. First, November 9th is the day of the fire that changed Fallon's life. 

   November 9  by Colleen Hoover   PUBLISHED BY Atria Books, November 10, 2015   GENRES: YOUNG ADULT, ROMANCE, CONTEMPORARY   PAGES:   307   FORMAT:   Paperback   SOURCE:   Purchashed   PACING: {3.5/5}

November 9 by Colleen Hoover
PUBLISHED BY Atria Books, November 10, 2015
PAGES: 307
FORMAT: Paperback
SOURCE: Purchashed
PACING: {3.5/5}


Two, it also happens to be the day Ben's mom committed suicide because she was diagnosed with a terminal illness, Cancer {major trigger for me} as well as the day of poet Dylan Thomas's death. I was unfamiliar with this poet, but his poetry was incorporated throughout the story. It was poignant and fitting for the moments Fallon and Ben would reconnect. They were either shrouded in passion or shrouded in pain which was a reflection of Thomas's  beautifully written poetry. Thomas also happened to be Ben's mom's favorite poet. 

The plot twist of this story is that a manuscript Ben had been writing coincidently called November 9 was found by Fallon. What she assumed was a romance novel about their sorted once a year love affair detailed how Ben was partly responsible for the fire that scarred Fallon for life. She left him, brokenhearted and feeling full of guilt, upon this discovery. She didn't finish the rest of the manuscript, but it was her mother who encouraged her to finish it so that she could understand that everyone has scars whether physical or emotional. Sidebar: In the middle of the story Ben's brother Kyle was killed in a car wreck leaving behind a wife and newborn child. Ben takes on the responsibility as father to his nephew, Oliver, and sister-in-law, Jordyn, but inadvertently ends up falling for her. They're relationship is one based on grief and necessity rather than "real love" like Ben and Fallon have, but Fallon was indeed broken hearted just as Ben was when she decided to leave him for her career a year earlier. They decided to forgive each other for all romantic infractions lol without actually asking for forgiveness and they live "happily ever after."

Whether or not the couple ends up together at the end of a book doesn’t determine whether that book has a happy ending or not. As long as the two people end up happy, it doesn’t really matter if they end up happy together.
— Fallon from November 9

What I love about this book is that it is written in POV from the perspective of the two main characters. Not many authors write POV well, but Hoover mastered it. I was completely surprised by the plot twist!!! WOWZER!!! I wouldn't have suspected that Ben had anything to do with Fallon's accident. Hoover creates the build up of suspense with this in the beginning of the story when, before his death, Kyle and Ben have a physical altercation that's not explained until the very end. However, I found this story to be a tad bit sappy. Fallon was not a lover of insta-love in books, but in hindsight that is exactly what she and Ben have LOL....the irony. Even with that I liked that Hoover did not make Fallon the fore lorn, lovesick puppy, but rather it was Ben. Although Fallon was incredibly insecure, she was also incredibly narcissistic at the same time. What was clearly insecurities about her physical appearance from her burn scars was also coupled with the fact that she was once a television princess who got a lot of attention so she was constantly concerned about people staring at her. I imagine she was concerned about this before the accident as well, but now they were staring at her for the "wrong reasons." Maybe I was looking to deeply into that.

The pacing of this book was good at the beginning, but with the unraveling of secrets it became a bit slow for me towards the end. To be honest with you I skimmed through parts of Ben's manuscript, his heartfelt letter to Fallon explaining what happened the day of the fire and how he felt about her as well as his mom's suicide note. I don't feel like I missed anything pertinent because I made pretty accurate assumptions {That's somewhat oximoronic LOL} about the contents of each letter considering the emotional state of these characters and the circumstances surrounding them. 

I do plan on reading more Colleen Hoover books although I wasn't in love with this AND as much as I wasn't in love with this book I still think it's pretty good and I really did enjoy reading it!!! 

My Rating:{3/5}