November 9 by Colleen Hoover

imageI’m not much of a one for romance I must admit and so when November 9 was selected for Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s online book club (you can join here on facebook) I did have a bit of an “oh oh” moment.  Still, reading books you wouldn’t normally is all part of being in a book club so off I went and bought a copy.

November 9 is the story of two teenagers, Fallon and Ben, who meet on the day Fallon is about to move from LA to New York to start her life again after living in limbo for two years since being injured in a house fire.

They spend the day together and then, as Ben takes Fallon to the airport, agree to meet at the same time / in the same place the following year and every year after that for five years – or until they are 23 because that is the age Fallon has decided you are old enough to know your own mind.

It’s a familiar idea, and I was reminded of movies like An Affair to Remember where misunderstandings and miscommunications lead to lots of heartache before everything turns out well in the end (it has to right, this is a romance?).  Saying that, though, it didn’t feel old or stale because  Colleen Hoover has a really nice writing style.  The novel and the story felt fresh and modern and I found that I really liked Ben and Fallon.

I did find them a little to old for their ages – I am not sure I would have been quite as wise as Ben when I was 18 – at least on the surface.  Then their actions showed just how young and naïve they really were.  It meant there were layers to the plot I didn’t expect and I found myself turning the pages quicker and quicker as the book went on.  I had to know how it ended.  And, whilst I may have let slip, there is a happy ending (spoilers – sorry!) there is a great twist before you get there that I didn’t see coming.

Will I rush out and buy another romance novel as a result of this? probably not but I may well pick up another book by Colleen Hoover when I come across it because I liked November 9 a lot.




  1. I have read one book by the author, Ugly Love, so I was eager to add this one to my shelf. Thanks for sharing your thoughts…now I am eager to read my copy.

    1. Think the consensus for this was definitely a good read – hope you enjoy.

  2. I love that you stepped out of your genre comfort zone Emma. That is awesome. I am hoping we move away from romance in January.

    1. I’m glad I did too. Can’t participate in December as just all a bit too much at moment but will definitely do January x

  3. I’ve heard some similar feedback. So many people love this book Emma but I’m like you re the romance thing… Although people do talk about Hoover’s other books so perhaps I’ll try one!

    1. No, I would never normally pick up anything too lovey-Dovey but it was a nice change in a way and Hoover does have a nice writing style. I would definitely recommend trying her.

  4. Like you I rarely read romance but it is great that when this came up in your book club that it was a great example of the genre – great review!

    1. Yes, think I was lucky with the choice. Am now try to read some chick-lit, though hate the term.

  5. I find young characters too old for their age the majority of the time. I’m starting to think that it’s because teens are more savvy than they were when I was young. I am glad that you stepped out of your comfort zone and gave this one a try. I have read books by Colleen Hoover and I have enjoyed them for the most part.

    1. My five year old is more savvy than I was as a teenager! It was worth stepping away from my usual fare and I do intend to do it more.

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