Book Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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Book Review: November 9 by Colleen HooverNovember 9 by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books
Published On: November 10, 2015
Maturity Level: New Adult - Mature topics
3 Stars
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Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before 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.


This really was a pretty good story, I’m just disappointed. I liked the concept of seeing each other once a year but that romance felt pretty unrealistic even for an insta-love relationship. The plot had enough to keep me entertained the whole way through though since there was a lot going on.

I loved the character development we saw with Fallon! She turned out to be so much more confident by the end of the book!


“For the sake of the ultimate plot twist”? Really? You mean the EXACT same plot twist I’ve seen in at least TWO of her other books? Can you tell I’m a little bitter? When I see plot twist I want some serious plot twisting! Instead, once this plot twist was revealed I’m pretty sure I groaned out loan. It’s not even a little bit different from Confess or Hopeless! The same thing happens! I honestly really liked Colleen Hoover but I think I’m done with her now. If I wanted to read the same thing over again, I’d reread the same book. This dropped my rating by two whole stars because it was actually pretty good up until this.


I’d recommend this to anyone who knows that they love Colleen Hoover. If you didn’t like her other books then skip this one for sure because it’s the exact same thing. If you’re planning on reading a bunch of Colleen Hoover all at once then I recommend you throw that idea out the window because you’ll be easily bored like I was. I don’t think I’d actually recommend this one to anyone other than a current fan of hers.


This book had a lot of promise and it let me down hard. There was nothing special or original about it.



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3 responses to “Book Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

  1. I just finished this book today. I haven’t read Hopeless, but I read Confess and you are exactly right about the plot twist. It also explains why Ben gave me the same kind of sort of creepy vibe I got from the main guy character in Confess (can’t remember his name) when I started read this. Overall, though, I did end up liking it more than any other CoHo book I’ve read.

    • bftreviews

      It wasn’t a bad book but I wouldn’t recommend reading more than one of her books at a time haha it gets repetitive quickly. I do think that I liked Confess better.

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