November 9th by Colleen Hoover (Spoilers)

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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.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

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I’m so torn on this novel. I want to love it, but at the same time, I want to hate it. The two MC’s both have flaws, but they work through them together. The writing was easy to follow and know what was happening. The book was well paced, but I wish it wouldn’t have waited until the last few pages to explain everything and put it all together.

Your main characters are Fallon and Ben. Fallon was burned over 30% of her body in a house fire 2 years ago. Ben is is a college student living with his brother and fiancée. The two meet one day at a restaurant where Fallon and her father are having lunch. Ben slides in the booth next to Fallon in order to defend her against her father, they then agree to meet every year on November 9th and in five years they will continue there relationship.

*Spoilers Ahead*

I’m so torn on this novel because there are a few issues I have with it.

First is the consent issue. page 48 Ben takes Fallon’s shirt and pants off without her ever saying it is okay or so much asking her first. That scene rubbed the wrong way. I can’t stand reading something like that. Is it really that hard to ask first?

Second is the fact he’s so manipulative to me. He knows the entire time what he has done to Fallon and yet he sleeps with her and plays on her emotion without having one ounce of decency to tell her. Just Why????

Third, she reads his novel and goes back to him and just easily forgives him like that! Look I’m all about forgiving others for things done in the past, but that easy and after five years of being toyed with. It would think it would take a bit longer to be forgiven for something that huge! She has a huge heart, but forgive way. way to easy.

I have a love-hate relationship with this book. While I did enjoy it, these issues just made me want to scream. I also wanted to read more about them than just on November 9th! I wanted to know how each of them interacted with friends and family one day wasn’t doing it for me. They also always wanted to do each other every time they met like I wanted more development in their relationship than sex. Sex does equal a relationship that will last to me. I just wanted more from this book, but it was ultimately a disappointment.

Have you read November 9th yet? What did you think of it?

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4 thoughts on “November 9th by Colleen Hoover (Spoilers)

  1. Nice review. That scene would rub me wrong too. I have been finding that I really enjoy romance scenes more when the instigating partner asks or looks to the other for permission. It is something that has been left out or taken for granted in the past.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I’ve been a Colleen Hoover fan for awhile, but I hadn’t gotten around to reading this book yet (although my co-blogger did!). It was interesting (and refreshing!) to see your honest thoughts on it, and I completely agree with your comment about enjoying scenes involving consent much better!

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