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 LA 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.
Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon – and simultaneously his novel – be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?
November 9 written by Colleen Hoover was originally published Simon & Schuster in 2015.
SO MUCH TO SAY ABOUT THIS BOOK. Despite all the tweets and holla’s I saw directed to this book, I still decided to read it. November 9 is the first CoHo book I picked up and I loved it – even though I literally felt like throwing this book into a fire and watching its corpse burn.
This adult erotic/romance novel follows Fallon – who has no confidence (such a unique trope jk) and a scarred body/face after a house fire that ruined her career – who meets Ben, a just-woke-up aspiring writer.
I’d just like to say, with in the first few chapters of this book (as well as the blurb) it is very clear that there are going to be some problematic situations.
With amazing chemistry, and one day left in LA, the couple spend the day getting to know each other, as well as assigning homework to one another to help better their lives as well as creating a branching topic for the next planned meeting.
Over the next 5 years, Fallon and Ben’s relationship expands drastically, and as you can imagine, a lot can change in a year…or five. *cue nervous laugh*
Fallon’s story was touching, and it was incredibly hard not to empathise with the characters for a majority of the book. I was extremely impressed with the writing style, and have now started several other Colleen Hoover novels that have been recommended to me.
Not only was the plot twist unpredictable – to a certain extent – it hit me so hard I threw my book and left it there for a solid ten minutes. But that heads into SPOILER territory. And we don’t want that, trust me.
I completely loved the pace, and the character developments but the MC’s gain. I loved the quotes separating the years, and the connection you had with the MC’s despite only reading the perspectives and thoughts had for a literal 5/6 day period.
While I did have some issues with some of the character representations, as well as the thought process behind some of the actions committed, I enjoyed my time reading November 9.
However, I do urge you to form you own opinion if this book sounds like your type of book!