Let me start this review by sharing what happened to me when I finished this book. It was 4:20am, I was lying in my room in the dark and everyone else at home was fast asleep. The moment I finished it, I got up from my bed – my knees shaking – closed my bedroom door, and right then and there I fell to the ground and starting crying as if these tears were held inside me for years. I cried so much I couldn’t breathe anymore. I crawled to the bed, lied face down into my pillow and bawled as loud as I could.
I was a complete mess.
Those weren’t tears of sorrow. They were tears of joy. :’)
I love you Colleen Hoover, for making me believe in love again. :’)
I usually read a book’s Goodreads review before starting it. I need to know what others think about it, because I hate it when I realize I’ve wasted my time with a lame story. But with November 9, I went in completely blind. I had no idea what it was about, what rating it got, how “bestselling” it was. I avoided reading anything about it like I avoid reading Game of Thrones spoilers. I only knew that it was written by CoHo.
And I would advice you to do the same.
I promise you, it will be worth it.
As for my review, it will be completely spoiler free. Yeah, there will be a few quotes here and there, but they’re only for the purpose of convincing you to read this book immediately.
Okay, now I’m just gonna rant on like an idiot about WHY I loved this book so much.
My Take on November 9:
“You’ll never be able to find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.”
November 9 has the most engaging and one-of-a-kind romance I’ve read in a long, long time. The formula CoHo used has been done before – obviously – but how she executed it, how she dealt with those characters and the purity of love between them (I haven’t swooned so much in YEARS), and that mind-boggling twist near the end, HOLY GUACAMOLE, it left my head spinning.
It made me feel ALL THE FEELS!!!
“You left with my soul in your fists and my heart in your teeth, and I don’t want either of them back.”
I have plenty of experience with romance novels but this time there was something different. You know when you read/watch an amazing love story and you say to yourself, “Yeah right, THAT’S never happening to me. I’m gonna become a cat-lady and die alone.”
But in November 9, Ben and Fallon’s love seemed too real. So real that it made me believe that one day I too can have something like that. Do you remember what I said in the beginning? About me crying like a baby? It was because I suddenly knew it in my heart that I WILL find my Ben someday :’)
“I’m in love with her. Like, really in love with her. Crippling, debilitating, paralyzing love.”
HELPED ME COPE WITH MY OWN ISSUES:
“I hope they laugh at you, Fallon. If people are laughing at you, it means you’re putting yourself out there to be laughed at. Not enough people have the courage to even take that step.”
November 9 helped me deal with my own insecurities, and oh boy I have plenty of em’. It helped me in accepting my own flaws, and actually celebrate them. But most of all it made me feel ashamed for HAVING those insecurities. I don’t usually realize how blessed I am to have this life, to have this face, this body, this heart. CoHo taught me that it’ll be a privilege for someone to be with me! Haha, yeah I shouldn’t really exaggerate my chances, but still, it’s a nice feeling to have, to be in love with yourself. :’)
FIGHT FOR YOUR DREAMS BUT NEVER TAKE YOUR LOVED ONES FOR GRANTED:
“This is real life, and in the real world you have to bust your ass for the happy ever after! When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”
I’m the kind of girl who puts her ambitions above all else. Fallon had this rule that she won’t allow herself to fall in love until she’s 23 (or until she’s mentally mature enough), and that’s exactly how I take life as well. I live it for my dreams, and I try to stay away from love like it’s cancer for my progress. I believe it’ll only be a roadblock for me. But after November 9, it was like I suddenly woke up, and made a promise to myself that whenever that opportunity rises, I will grab it with both hands and I will do everything in my power to make them happy. And this goes for all my relations (family, friends or others). Money and fame is something that’ll come and go. But love, that’s the only thing in the world worth fighting for.
“When I say you just know it’s because you will. You won’t question it, You don’t wonder if what you feel is actually love, because when it is, you’ll be absolutely terrified that you’re in it. And when that happens, your priorities will change. You won’t think about yourself and your own happiness. You’ll only think about that person, and how you would do anything to see them happy. Even if it meant walking away from them and sacrificing your own happiness for theirs.”
NOT TO FORGET, IT WAS ALSO HILARIOUS:
It’s one of those RARE romances which tries its utmost best to let you have a fun time. CoHo wrote it with a specific mission in her mind: to make the reader feel drunk with happiness.
The witty banter between Bellon (Ben + Fallon) and the moments they have are so incredibly adorable and charming that you can’t help but giggle all the time. You cry because you’re happy, not because of the overflow of tragedy. Of course, there are some emotionally obliterating moments as well, but they are few and far between.
OKAY, ENOUGH, LET’S WRAP IT UP!
Thank you Colleen Hoover for introducing me to these people who reignited my belief in love. Thank you for creating a world that was real, with real problems, with real emotions, with real struggles. If I keep counting every single thing I loved about this book, this blog post is gonna turn exhaustively long, so I’m just gonna cut myself short now.
Please, anyone whose reading this, please just go, buy this book, hold it close to your heart, cherish it, read it again and again and witness what a real love story feels like.
She “loved me” in quotations
She kissed me in bold
I TRIED TO KEEP HER in all caps
She left with an ellipsis…
1000 out of 1000 Potahtos. Take all my Potahtos.