Hey book friends! Let’s talk about NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover! This is another one of those books that I picked up purely because of the hype on Bookstagram and BookTok. November 9 is on all of the CoHo lists and seems to be a 5 star for nearly everyone … and I’m thrilled to say I was no different! But why did I give it 5 stars? Was it just because of the hype? Or was there another reason I flew through this book in under 24 hours?
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Did I play into the hype? Why 5 stars?
I went into NOVEMBER 9 completely blind. Like I said, it was one of those books that everybody on Bookstagram and BookTok has been reading so I borrowed it from my library to see what all the fuss was about. I don’t think I really expected to get drawn into this book the way I did. I started it on a Saturday afternoon and was done by Sunday (a rare thing in my house). Hoover expertly wrapped me up in the lives of her characters, even though I only got to see them on one day each year … November 9th.
The premise of NOVEMBER 9 was very intriguing to me as I started to read. Fallon doesn’t believe you can fall in love before you’re 23 so they agree to meet each year on the same day. Every other day of the year, no contact. And Ben will chronicle their “love story” into a novel. I loved that idea! And it was so addicting to watch this story unfold.
It fascinated me how much could happen in the span of just a year, when all you get to see is one day. Births, deaths, and even new romances. Hoover worked tragedy and happiness into each and every page, leaving me captivated.
I adore dual POVs!
Dual (or even multi) POVs are my weakness. I love a story that puts you inside the heads of more than one character. Reading this story from both Fallon and Ben’s perspective made all the difference. Especially once you get to the end and big secrets start coming out. Ben’s attraction to Fallon is so strong and it was easy to tell that Fallon’s attraction to him was just as strong, even though she had her 5-year rule.
On a similar note, I was worried that the characters would fall flat with the timeline jumping a year ahead each time. But that wasn’t the case. I could understand where Fallon’s insecurities about her scars came from and there was enough mystery with Ben that the shocking moments were very effective.
The “Ugly-Cry Factor”
That’s my qualification for 5 stars in a romance. NOVEMBER 9 had me sobbing like a child. My heart broke for Fallon and Ben because so much of this book is the turmoil of will they or won’t they end up together. I saw all the Bookstagram posts claiming this book would give you the ugly cry factor and Hoover did not disappoint.
HEAT LEVEL: 🌶️ (1/5)
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A Summary of NOVEMBER 9
NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover is the story of Fallon, a young former actress who is moving to New York, and Ben, an aspiring novelist living in LA. They spend Fallon’s last day in LA together and it inspires Ben to write a book about them and their love story. For the next five years, they agree to meet on November 9th but to block each other on social media and not exchange any forms of contact for the rest of the year. They encourage each other to date other people and Ben helps Fallon regain some of the confidence she lost in the horrible fire that scarred part of her body. As secrets are revealed, the reader has to wonder if their relationship will survive until the end of 5 years and what will happen to Ben’s novel if their love dies?