Published by: Atria Books, Simon & Schuster Audio on November 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Narrator: Zachary Webber, Angela Goethals
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
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Also by this author: It Ends with Us, Without Merit
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.
One Line: A little bit too much cheesiness for my taste, but still good.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
I’m SO torn!
On the one hand, CoHo leaves her trademark tale of love and pain. She brings so much emotion and drama to the table and she truly knows how to gut you right when you least expect it (even if you see it coming, if that makes any sense). She draws you in with her gripping words and always finds a way to weave two character’s stories into one cohesive and twisted story.
On the other hand, she laid the cheesiness on a little too thick throughout the book, particularly at the beginning. Sure, it made me chuckle, but there were some eye rolls in there as well. She really drove home the notion that, although it’s perfect for a book, in would never work in real life. And the drama and seriousness of it all sometimes felt forced and over the top, like Hoover was making the reader feel like this was THE epic love story. Despite their connection and all, when you realize that these two only really know each other for a handful of days, it becomes a bit too much to swallow.
I will say that I was definitely engrossed in Fallon and Ben’s love story as a whole, however, Ben is pretty unbelievable as a real guy. Yes, he’s a great guy. Yes, he made me swoon, he made me hurt for him, and he made me feel that pang in my chest with the words he spoke to Fallon and the things he did for her. He knew just what to say and do to make any girl, me included, want to run into his arms and never let go. Except for that one incident around the 3rd Nov. 9th that made me cringe, of course. I couldn’t get on board with that at all, really. All that’s to say that (present) Ben would make a great book boyfriend, and that’s about it.
Fallon was more relatable and realistic and I connected with her easily. I loved watching her figure out what she wanted to do in life, navigate her relationship with her dad, and just grow and change as a person as the book progressed. My biggest issue with her was that she never really explored other romantic relationships. Nothing even remotely seriously. I wanted more development there and I didn’t get it in the slightest.
So yes, in the end I did really enjoy the book. There were some parts I could’ve done without, but it’s definitely worth a read.