~ Synopsis ~
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.
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There are very few books out there like November 9. Colleen Hoover has an incredible ability when it comes to creating characters. They’re flawed – they’re real – and sometimes she creates a world for them that will have you laughing and unbearably sobbing. We knows this. It’s her M.O. as an author.
Not since Maybe Someday have I been hit so hard in the feels. And I mean HARD!
I started this book – and did not leave the same spot until I read the very last sentence.
Fallon is leaving Los Angeles – heading to NYC to pursue her dream of acting. She’s 18. During a good-bye lunch with her father she meets Ben. Their meeting is not one you will easily forget, and is definitely not your typical boy-meets-girl scenario. But then Hoover isn’t really known for creating a story that’s already been told is she?
These characters…. Ben & Fallon…. there is soooooo much to say. So much in fact I’ve had to step back and really let this story sink in. I suffered one of the worlds BEST book-hangovers after this story. I didn’t think anything could really hit me as hard as Losing Hope did, or fill me full of those fuzzy feelings I like to not admit I feel like Maybe Someday. Basically I didn’t think Colleen Hoover could wow me like she did with those other stories – make me feel so hard for fictional characters like I did with Sky & Holder or Sydney & Ridge. But Ben & Fallon? Jesus – to say she wrote an amazing story isn’t worthy praise. The words aren’t there for me to even properly describe the feelings I had reading this book.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Going into a Colleen Hoover book you should be prepared for the following things:
1) You will laugh.
2) You will cry.
3) You will beg and plead for more.
I felt all of those things and so much more.
To take a story about two people who are flawed like we all are – and create such an interesting time line of events. Their lives existing completely outside of November 9th, but the culmination of the time spent apart and how it affects the one day they get to spend together? You can imagine the angst that’s associated. Because no matter how much Ben & Fallon hit it off right from the start, Fallon is still moving to NYC – she’s still going to be living on the opposite side of the country from Ben, and she knows that if they start in contact? Her life will not be her own. She’ll be too pre-occupied with calls, texts, FaceTime and everything about Ben that she won’t be able to focus on her life – like she should be.
It takes guts to admit that – and even more guts to follow through with it. I’ve been in that situation and reading this book made me wish I’d listened to my mother…. (shouldn’t we always?)
Ben & Fallon agree to meet up every year on November 9th until they’re 23. Five years …
Ben promises the novel about their adventures – their lives – their love.
Fallon promises to do everything Ben asks of her while they are apart. To get laughed at at least once a week, to date, to kiss boys, to live in NYC. To find herself and her confidence and run with it.
But life happens – sometimes it’s not pretty and sometimes it’s down right heartbreaking. Other times it’s some of the funniest stuff I’ve read this year. I giggled a lot through this book, I laughed out loud more. I cried like a fucking baby, and yes I did not leave my reading chair until I finished it from beginning to end. Because a story like this hooks it’s claws into you and doesn’t let go until the very end.
About the Author, Colleen Hoover
#1 NYT’s Bestselling author of books that make you fee good. And bad. But mostly good. And who loves Diet Pepsi more than all of the things. I also have kids and family and stuff like that.
Founder of The Bookworm Box. (via the author’s website)