REVIEW: Confess by, Colleen Hoover

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~ Synopsis ~

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

~ REVIEW ~

There are stories you may read that make you laugh, cry and then you move onto the next.

That is not the case with Confess by Colleen Hoover.

She will make you laugh – and you better believe there will be tears, but this story is one that is going to be very hard for me to move forward from. This being the eleventh book I’ve read of by Colleen, she brings with her a completely new and original story about two people – both with secrets, secrets they’re afraid to confess…. because to do so might mean the end, before there’s even a chance at their beginning.

In true Hoover fashion, we’re introduced to two characters – both with secrets; confessions if you will. But the chemistry between Owen and Auburn is palpable, and gives you that feeling – you know the feeling you get when you’re in the midst of a story that’s about to really touch you, that feeling that reminds you of why you love to read in the first place.

Owen is an artist – an artist in the best possible way. Because his work is more than just what’s painted on his canvas. It’s much more than what’s inside of him – illustrated for everyone to see. So much more. And when Auburn see’s his help-wanted sign, he hires her on the spot.

But the connection between these two – from the moment she enters his studio is what a Colleen Hoover book is all about, because she is the master of fictional characters. She takes two realistically flawed people – and makes you fall for them as they weave through the possibilities before them. Every.Single.Time.

Owen and Auburn’s story is nothing short of tragic – passionate – confusing and hopeful.

Writing a review for a Colleen Hoover book is difficult for many reasons: You don’t want to spoil it for other readers, and  it’s near to impossible for me to describe the amount of feelings I had all over this book – throughout the entire story. From start to finish.

The secrets – confessions surrounding this entire book are what make the story. The idea that these confessions make who we are – admitting our flaws and hope to be loved not in spite of them, but because of them is something so different – far different from anything I’ve ever read before. And those confessions are what inspires Owen (and Colleen) in their work – and Colleen gives us beautiful illustrations by Danny O’Conner to bring the art to life. Not unlike her other stories, she gives us just that added touch you don’t get with other authors. Something that makes the story more tangible – more real.

To say this story was a roller coaster of emotions is an understatement.

To say it was amazing isn’t enough – to say it broke me, even in the pro-logue is an understatement.

To say I felt this book like a kick to the stomach at certain moments through the story is both true – and an understatement.

Because there really isn’t a true definition of what it’s like to feel a book like this. Because I’ll talk about Owen and Auburn for the next month with anyone whose read it like they’re real people. I’ll laugh at the things that they said, and I’ll cry over the experiences we had through this story.

You won’t just read it – You will feel it.

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