Title: November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Every once in a while a book will come along that will speed your heart and enrapture your soul. November 9 is that book for me. The latest New Adult novel by Colleen Hoover, November 9 tells the story of Fallon O’Neil, an 18 year old former child star whose promising acting career went up in flames when her house burnt down two years prior. On November 9th, the anniversary of the event that left her physically and emotionally scarred, Fallon meets Ben Kenton, an aspiring writer with a mysterious past. Though Fallon and Ben have an immediate connection, the time is not right to date so they agree to meet every year on November 9th for five years. Ben promises to use their relationship as fodder for his novel, also titled November 9. What starts out as puppy love quickly spirals into a whirlwind love affair that has some serious consequences.
November 9 is only the second Colleen Hoover books I read (the first was Slammed), but I think I am still qualified to say that it’s easily her best. The relationship between Fallon and Ben is heart wrenching and relatable. Though it may seem like “insta-love” to some, the relationship unfolds in a pretty realistic manner. Hoover writes them in a way that makes the reader hooked on every twist and turn of their relationship. And believe me, there are a lot of them. I was so invested in the story that it became difficult to read at times. Seriously, I had anxiety and had to put the book aside. That rarely happens for me. Hoover does a great job of unfolding the “mystery” of the story. I didn’t think the plot was at all predictable, which is refreshing for a New Adult novel which at times can be very formulaic. I definitely plan on checking out the rest of Hoover’s other books.
If you are looking for a New Adult romance novel that has fun and relatable characters, along with an interesting plot and good writing, then check out November 9. I can’t sing it’s praises high enough.