Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

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?

5 Star Review by Jennifer Hagen

Fallon and Ben discover each other on November 9th, it being the 2nd anniversary of the worst day of Fallon’s life.  They are both only 18 years old but they seem to have wisdom beyond their years.   They have an instant connection, and although I am not a fan of instalove, I had to agree that there was no way these two could not end up together.  I also would slip and forget that they were only 18 years old, which is another pet peeve of mine.  How can people know they are in love at such a young age?  Right away that’s two strikes for the book, but it didn’t bother me.  What?  Huh?  How could it not bother me?  Because the author did a fantastic job reminding the reader of Fallon and Ben’s age.   Just when I would find myself entering the “no way zone,” Ms. Hoover pulled me back into reality by actually putting the words out there.  I swear Ms. Hoover wrote this just for people like me that are negative Nellies.    

Ben is just what Fallon needs to boost her confidence.  She feels alive with him…I know that’s cliché to say, but for two years she has been hiding from the outside.  Upon meeting Ben he instantly puts her at ease and this allows her to be the person she once was…the person she hasn’t been for 2 years.   Fallon has plans to leave for New York and both Ben and Fallon agree that it’s best that they don’t exchange phone numbers and avoid any form of contact.  But there’s something between them that cannot be denied.

“What if we meet up again next year on the same day?  And the year after that?  We’ll do it for five years.  Same date, same time, same place.  We’ll pick up where we left off tonight, but only for the day.” 

In between these meet up times, Fallon is to be auditioning for Broadway parts and Ben is to be writing a book.   They follow through on their promised meetings and while some meetings are filled with love…

“I don’t want to be your first, Fallon.  I want to be your last.”

some meetings are filled with pain…

I’m not prepared for this.  I have no idea how to deal with this.  It feels like my heart is literally breaking.  Cracking right down the middle, bleeding out into my chest, filling my lungs with blood, making it impossible to breathe.

some filled with hard goodbyes…

Before the cab pulls away, I turn in time to see him fall to his knees on the pavement in defeat.

and lastly filled with heartbreak..

Every November 9th I’ll wait for you, hoping one day you’ll be able to find enough forgiveness to love me again.

This is a book that is meant to be savored --let the words flow around you and even though there are some parts that will leave you feeling cold, Ms. Hoover still somehow finds a way to keep you warm by her words blanketing you.  Ms. Hoover would never leave you without a happy ending, but that doesn’t mean she won’t shred your heart in the process.  This story is beautiful and heartwarming even with the heartbreak and the hold-your-breath moments.

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, and Confess. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

Twitter: @ColleenHoover
Instagram: @ColleenHoover

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