November 9th – Book Review

Title:- November 9

Author:- Colleen Hoover

Date published:- November 10th 2015

No. of pages:- 320 pages

Genre:- Women’s Fiction


Plot:- 3.5/5 stars

Writing:- 4/5 stars

Overall:- 3.5/5 stars

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 Los Angeles 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?

So after reading It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover, I decided that I will read all her books to see why there’s so much hype on her books. November 9, is one of those hypes as well. Like It Ends With Us, there is a certain romance with a couple Ben and Fallon. But unlike It Ends With Us where there is a message, November 9 to me is more like a soap opera show.

I am not saying Colleen Hoover is not a great writer–she really is a great writer and is gifted as well. But November 9 is a very predictable and throughout the entire time I was reading this book, I felt like I was watching a Hallmark movie.

The story starts on November 9th when Fallon, who used to be a movie star but career halted when she became a fire victim was dining with her father, a famous film director. Ben, who was sitting a few booths from Fallon and an aspiring novelist pretends to be Fallon’s boyfriend. That night, Fallon was leaving to New York from LA and Ben and Fallon decided to meet each other on every November 9th for the next five years to see where their relationship with end up with.

The story is told from Fallon’s and Ben’s point of view. On each of November 9th, something would happen to either of them. I mean I did enjoy reading this book and Hoover gave tits and bits of what Ben’s novel was like with a twist at the end. I do like the chemistry between Fallon and Ben as well. But as I said earlier, it felt like I was watching a Hallmark romance movie with a predictable and unrealistic ending.

So as I have yet to read more of Colleen Hoover’s books, (I am currently reading Reminders of Him), November 9th is OK book for mer. It Ends With Us will remain one of my favorite books written by her.

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of multiple novels and novellas. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

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