After my whole Enid Blyton and Rainbow Magic phase of my life and entering my teens I started to drift away from books and reading mainly because I didn’t know what to read and where and what books I could start this new phase of my life with.
I tried reading classics which didn’t match my energy for some reason and I was always bored (I didn’t even finish one entire book), fantasy which were soo not my thing, magic systems and faeries (nope…). So I kept putting it off and stopped reading in 2020.
But then in 2021 I found a book recommendation video on YouTube which recommended an entire collection of books under the ‘I hate everyone in the world but you’ trope (check that video here)and I knew what books I should start off with. Contemporary romance. So here I am 5 months later hooked to the genre and reading too many books and during that time I came across the book November 9 by Colleen Hoover and it was like love at first sight. I saw this trending on booktok and I had to read it. Uh…this is still one of my favourite books I’ve ever read.
So here’s my full review.
Spoilers might be included. So keep a look out for the warnings.
So basically Fallon, the girl in the book wants to be an actress but she ended up in a tragic accident in her childhood leaving her entire body covered with scars, and her father is also a very famous actor so he is disappointed in her because now she can’t live up to his dreams and continue on her career so the boy in the book, Ben over hears him yelling at her and he comes up to at this restaurant and pretends to be her boyfriend and just comes to her rescue, that’s how they meet on November 9.
After that they end up spending the entire day together, but Fallon is moving across the country the very next day so they obviously don’t have enough time to get to know each other and they both agree that they can’t start anything up because it’s not going to work.
But then they strike a deal to meet up every November 9 like reunite and catch up on what they’ve been doing the whole of past year, with no contact in between. So they block each other on social media and kind of deletes all form of contact that they might accidentally have in the middle of the year, before November 9. Then they give each other little tasks they have to complete before meeting up again.
And Ben is a writer so Fallon challenges her into writing a romance novel so we get that perspective of him trying to figure out how to write a romance novel. I think it was so cute.
This book documents the November 9s they spend with each other over the course of six years ( from 18 to 23 )and I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but trust me it is…a lot. So much happens between them and the other character, can’t even begin to tell you what.
Each November 9 alternates between both Ben’s and Fallon’s perspectives which I loved a lot because we get to see what they both think and what happened. I think it was beautifully done, I just enjoyed it so much.
Now let’s move to the real reason I had to put my book down and stare at the ceiling for like 5 miutes. THE PLOT TWIST. I’m not going to spoil it because you have to find it out yourself but it was a job well done. I think I was hooked after the entirely after the twist, I just couldn’t put my book down after that. I think this has been one of my favourite twists.
She was such a strong girl, I mean I would’ve just hid myself from the eye of the public if I went through what she went through but she stood through and really tries putting herself out there.
She was a bit of a wishy washy character. She didn’t exactly know her feelings towards him.
Ben on the other hand was sweet, wholesome, out-going and just knew the right thing to say…you know. Oh and he was gorgeous. Like over the top. Book boyfriend material. Very dominant and persistent. I just love that man.
My favourite quotes from the book
“If we’re going to kiss, it has to be book-worthy.”
“She’s not the kind of girl you choose your battles for. She’s the kind of girl you fight to the death for.”
“I would never let anyone else borrow my heart if I know there’s a chance in hell you might want it back.”
“It took four years for me to fall in love with him. It only took four pages to stop.”
“I’m in love with her. Like, really in love with her. Crippling, debilitating, paralyzing love.”
“I need you to to know that it was always you who had my heart.”
Honestly this books was such a fun, emotional, heartbreaking roller-coaster but will always have a special place in my heart. It was a good introduction to Colleen Hoover. I just enjoyed this so so much. That’s all. Now go read it.