BOOK REVIEW: November 9 – by Colleen Hoover

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Title: November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
First published: November 10th 2015
Finished reading: December 10th 2015
Pages: 320
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“When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”

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Those who follow my blog already know I’m not a big romance fan and I normally tend to stay away from the genre. But since I was in a increasing reading slump at the time I picked up this novel, I tried beating it with by stepping out of my comfort zone. And Colleen Hoover‘s magic worked! I already knew her work was good since people kept recommending it to me and I really enjoyed her writing style in the novellas Never Never Part One and Two. But November 9 is simply brilliant. The character development is perfectly done and I absolutely LOVED the prose. Trust me, romance is really not my thing, but Colleen Hoover was able to even make the romance scenes entertaining for me. And that dirty book talk: YES!!! I think every book blogger will be able to connect to a story after seeing the vocabulary used:

“Don’t stop” I tease in a seductive voice. ” Give me more, Ben. Did you read eBooks or…” I run my finger slowly down his chest.”Hardbacks?”
He pulls his hands behind his head and a smug look washes over his face. “Oh, they were hardbacks, all right. And I’m not sure if you’re ready for this, but…I have my own TBR pile. You should read it, Fallon. It’s huge.

Yes, this is a sexy scene and it didn’t even bother me because of the book talk. A miracle! A minor flaw is that part of the plot and plot twists is not that original, but to be honest I just didn’t care. Colleen Hoover has personally proven to me I can enjoy a genre I normally don’t like and I will definitely start reading more of her work soon!

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When Fallon meets her father for lunch before she travels to New York the next day to start a new life, a stranger steps in when her father keeps talking down on her. Ben, an aspiring novelist, poses as her boyfriend and gives him a lesson. After Fallon’s father leaves the restaurant, Ben also convinces Fallon to spend the day with him. They both know it’s Fallon’s last day in L.A. and Fallon doesn’t want to fall in love until she is 23… Still, it soon shows that they are attracted to each other even though they have just met. Both decide to not give up their individual dreams and agree to meet each other exactly one year from now in the same restaurant they first met. November 9 is now their new tradition, where the two will meet again each year even without having exchanged phone numbers or email. Will they be able to put their feelings on hold for this long? And will they be able to meet again and again until Fallon feels old enough to have a relationship?

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I loved the plot, the character development of the main characters and especially the prose. Colleen Hoover has a way of writing that simply sucks you into the story and makes you forget all around you. November 9 is entertaining, well written and has just the right dose of humor, drama and romance. Before saying no to this novel, remember that I normally don’t like romance either! Colleen Hoover is a welcome exception and I thank her for letting me enjoy yet another genre.

WWW Wednesdays #69 – December 16th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I have started Rough Roads With Reckless Drivers by Lara Pass yesterday evening since it’s my only pending ARC… I’m not too far into the story yet, but hopefully I will be able to finish it today. I’m also about halfway through The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, a book I picked up at a hostel book exchange during our trip to the capital… And I’m still trying to finish The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater as well. Let It Snow by John Green I’ve put on hold for now because the first story is just too sappy… Hopefully I will be in the mood to continue soon.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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December is a difficult month to actually read! Still, three books isn’t that bad considering I was away for two days.
* The first book I finished is November 9 by Colleen Hoover, which I absolutely loved even though I’m not into the genre.
* I then picked up My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris solely to help complete the When Are You Reading? challenge. Which is probably why I actually finished it, because I didn’t like it at all.
* The last book I was able to finish is Hamlet by William Shakespeare, which means I was able to finally complete the When Are You Reading? challenge! 😀

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I want to read Memories by Lang Leav next, a collection of poems and one of the last two titles I need to complete the full BINGO of the Bookish Bingo 2015 challenge. I will probably try to read My True Love Gave To Me at some point before Christmas as well.. And if I’m in the mood for fantasy, I’m going to try and pick up either The Young Elites by Marie Lu or Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (latest TBR jar pick).

WWW Wednesdays #68 – December 9th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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Since I’m still not completely out of my reading slump, I have been trying to read genres I haven’t been reading a lot lately… Romance is one of those, so I started November 9 by Colleen Hoover the other day. I think this might actually one of the first romance novels to receive one of the highest ratings; I’m loving it so far! I started Let It Snow by John Green as well, but I put it on hold because I don’t really like the first story so far. And I’m trying to finish Hamlet by William Shakespeare so I’m one step closer to finally completing my last two pending challenges. It’s been too long since I last read his work!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Only two books this week… Between my reading slump and Christmas decorating I just didn’t have a lot of time to read.
* The first book Takeover by Lisa Black was mostly a disappointment with very boring characters, plot and prose in general. More about my complaints in the full review…
* I then finished Paperweight by Meg Haston, a very well written book about eating disorders. The main character is not exactly likeable, but very realistic. Recommendable!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I have a new ARC pending: Rough Roads With Reckless Drivers by Lara Pass. I will probably read that one next… I also want to read Memories by Lang Leav, a collection of poems I need for a challenge. If I’m in the mood for fantasy, I’m going to try and pick up either The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater or Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (latest TBR jar pick).

Teaser Tuesdays #71 – December 8th: November 9

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at A Daily Rhythm. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

Romance is not my favorite genre, but everybody keeps recommending Colleen Hoover‘s work to me so I decided to finally give it a go. Especially since I also enjoyed her writing style in the Never Never novellas… I’ve only just started November 9, but hopefully I will end up enjoying it!

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My teaser (49%):

“I  close my eyes and keep my head pressed against his chest. He has one hand wrapped around the back of my head and the other hand secured around my back. I could stand here all night. If this is all we did – if he never even speaks a single word – it’s worth the trip.”

 

What are you reading right now?