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. – Goodreads
I don’t think there has ever been a Colleen Hoover book that disappointed me, and the awesomeness definitely continued on with this one.
November 9 is about Fallon and Ben who have met and fallen in love at the wrong time. A lot of people might say that the premise of this story is very similar to One Day by David Nicholls, but really it’s not. The similarity starts and ends with the fact that the characters meet on the same date each year (November 9th!) but live separate lives during the rest of year.
One of the things that has drawn me most are the imperfections of the characters. Fallon, for one, was depicted as having burn marks on her skin which affected not only her confidence but pretty much how she lived her whole life after her big accident. I know a lot of readers would relate to Fallon because she was so real and so raw all through out the story. On the other hand, Ben has made decisions in the story that
I really wanna kill him for! are definitely NOT the wisest of decisions to make, but again those actions just made him more real and more human.
It’s these kind of imperfections that Colleen Hoover gives her characters which make her works relatable and real.
Like all her previous works, I’m giving my whole reading experience a 5 out of 5 here primarily because I just can’t stop flipping those pages! Not only was it a huge page-turner, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. There were always so many things happening all at the same time (but in a not confusing way, I must say) that I never even had the slightest idea on how it would end. At one point I was certain it was gonna end happily, but there would come a scene where I would totally flip over, certain that it’s going to be a cry-fest ending. The cycle happened over and over and god, how I loved it every time my theory is debunked and I had to make a new one again!
I highly recommend reading November 9 whether you are a CoHo fan or not! It will take you places and make you feel so many feels!