My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of 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.
I’m on a total book high! I’m a huge fan of Colleen Hoover…I love all her books and this one doesn’t disappoint. The summary pretty much sums of the plot perfectly. Fallon and Ben appear to meet unexpectedly. They feel a unique pull to one another and decide to meet up once a year on November 9 until they are 23 years old. They decide to cut off all communication with one another except for this one day a year. In the meantime, Fallon will pursue her acting career in New York while Ben will write their story.
Fallon has been burned badly in a fire. The fire has jeopardized her acting career and destroyed her self-esteem. Fallon has to learn to love herself again and regain the confidence she lost. Although their time is limited, Ben makes a huge impact on her. Ben sees through the scars and she learns to see herself through Ben’s eyes…full of love. He sees how beautiful she is. It is such a sweet love. Despite Fallon’s struggle, she really is a very strong character and she is a lover of romance novels…how could I not love her. And Ben…he was so sweet and just perfect. I loved the way he loved Fallon.
“Please tell me you aren’t’ finished falling in love with me yet”
He was so good for her. Together, they had such cute witty banter. I loved how he started reading romance novels for her. I was smiling so much watching them fall in love.
Oh and his love for poetry…Swoon. One of my favorite things about Collen Hoover is how she incorporates all types of different art in her books from paintings, music, to poetry. I love how she captures the beauty of different art and she makes me fall in love with poetry. Collen Hoover brings to life Dylan Thomas’ quote “Though lovers be lost, love shall not; and death shall have no domain.” Love is forever. Just beautiful.
Not only that…the words that Ben writes made me melt.
She “loved me” in quotations
She kissed me in bold
I TRIED TO KEEP HER in all caps
She left with an ellipsis…
Good Lord…How can anyone not fall in love with Ben when he writes this kind of stuff? This is by far my favorite quote in the entire book.
Of course, their road to happiness is never that easy. Some things go down and Fallon and Ben have a falling out due to some lies and miscommunication. There is some definite angst. Fallon and Ben have to share their stories and learn to forgive one another. Ben’s story breaks my heart and I’m quite proud of myself that I guess the plot twist right. I’m so proud of Fallon and Ben that they learn to forgive and heal. There love runs deep; their love is forever.
I also got giddy when I realized that this book is a little bit of a spinoff from Ugly Love (one of my favorite books). Ben is Ian’s brother from Ugly Love. We get a small glimpse of Miles and Tate. It definitely reminds me I need to reread Ugly Love. So what can I say..READ THIS BOOK! You will love it. =)
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