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.
I love Hoover and her books. The best books that I read in 2014 were two of her books so I expect a lot when I go into her books now. I expect passion, drama, loss, sadness, love and forgiveness. I expect to be emotionally wrecked after one of her books and I look forward to that feeling.
November 9 was a bit of a different style of storytelling for me. I usually don’t read books where the characters only interact one time every year for a few years in a row. It is a really weird feeling to only see these two characters coming together so infrequently. In the beginning of the book I instantly liked both Fallon and Ben because they seemed like real people with real problems. I highly enjoyed how sensitive Ben was and I found myself lusting after him a little in the very beginning of the book.
As the years in the story went one I appreciated the hardship this type of romance was but I was still in love with this idea of Fallon and Ben being together even if it meant they had to make sacrifices and be apart certain times. I really wanted them to grow as individuals as well as together. I enjoyed their emotional connection as well as the physical passion. I loved that Ben cared for her so much even though she had a bad past and many didn’t see her as good enough anymore.
It was all working out so well before the drama hit. Usually I love Hoover’s ideas on drama because it creates romantic tension and passion that you can’t believe and yet fall for. This time around I felt that it was just drama and the big reveal in the story was a little strange and seemed unnecessary. I didn’t really get why it had to be included in the book other than for shock value and to add a big hurdle in the relationship. I think after this point in the story I wasn’t enjoying myself anymore because the story was ripped off track and fell flat after that. Everything seemed a little forced and as I finished the book I wanted to be really happy for where the characters ended up but I was still really conflicted.
Overall, this is probably my least favorite Hoover book. In the past I have loved her romantic tension and the fact that it was always there for a reason, this was creating drama for the sake of drama and shock value and that real feeling of tension in all of her other books was missing here. Don’t give us drama just because you think we want it. Give us drama because it will tear the characters apart in a real world feeling. I wanted real feeling and not a big bang on the screen.