Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
This was the first book I’ve read by Colleen Hoover, and I must say, I fell in love with her writing. Her characters feel so real, that you start caring about them really quickly.
“There are people you meet that you get to know, and then there are people you meet that you already know.”
Auburn Reed moved to Texas to find a better life, and to be close to someone really important in her life. She walks into an art studio where she meets Owen Gentry. One of the things that I loved about this book was the concept of Owen’s art studio. He has this “confess” thing where you leave an anonymous confession and he creates paintings of some of those confessions. The art photos included in the book were so pretty, and a nice touch to the story.
I really liked both characters so much. Auburn, as well as Owen, suffered so much since a very young age. Even though she suffered she didn’t stop trying every single day to be a better person. Owen also suffered but he kept trying to be better, and even though he had a bad relationship with his father he helped him even though helping him could make him lose Auburn. I loved how good they were for each other, how he looked at her, how much they loved each other since they met. Their love was so pure and cute, I swear.
“I love you so much.” His voice is breathless and full of fear. “I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.” My tears fall harder at his words. “And I’ll love you forever. Even when I shouldn’t.”
I also hated two specific characters because you never love every character in a book. First, I hated Lydia so much. She was selfish, arrogant, and a complete asshole. She treated Auburn like she was nothing, like she couldn’t take care of herself and others. In addition, we have Trey. The big idiot Trey. You guys have no idea how much I hate that abusive bastard. Since his first appearance in the book I knew something was off, I couldn’t trust him. I WAS RIGHT. You’ll feel the same when you read this book.
The story was interesting, it didn’t get boring, and it filled me up with different emotions. To be honest, it was like a roller coaster; sometimes I was sad, happy, laughing, full of anger, and so much more. This book is so much more than a romantic story. This story is about how a person is capable of doing whatever it takes for the person she loves. And no, she didn’t do bad things, but she didn’t care she had to stay away from the man she loves in order to be close to someone she adored with her life, someone that needed her in his life as well.
Colleen Hoover’s writing is phenomenal, and even though I don’t read New Adult that often, now I feel the need to read more NA books. Her books follow realistic stories, that we know that happened and are still happening in our society. I know a lot of people have issues with her books, but I think they are really important and good to open our eyes to realize “this is really happening”. A lot of mothers don’t have their children with them, a lot of sons and daughters take the blame for their parent’s mistakes.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes an easy read, and loves New Adult books. You won’t be disappointed.