“You’ll never be able to find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.”
-Colleen Hoover, November 9
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.
I would love to say that this book has lived up to all of my expectations, but it just fell short for me. After all of the hype all over social media and the book word I expected so much more from the story. Don’t get me wrong, I fell in love with Ben and Fallon’s relationship and the ultimate plot twist truly was a shock, but there were a few technical errors that just got to me. First, I feel like there was no clear voice for either of the characters. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Ben and Fallon, but more often than not I found myself having to look back and see which perspective I was reading because they did not have distinct voices. Although it seems minor, it made the story difficult to read for a lot of the time and having to go back and look during crucial scenes really ruined the moment for me. On the plus side, I loved how the story was told on the same day each year with nothing in between. It was such a new and refreshing way to tell a love story that it was really intriguing to see how the characters changed and matured each year. So, is November 9 a literary masterpiece? Definitely not. But, is it the perfect book for some light reading and to pull you out of a bookslump? Absolutely.
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