‘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.‘
As per usual, when I delve into a Hoover world for the first time.. I ended up reading November 9 so freaking quickly. I meant to take notes while reading this book, I swear!! I just couldn’t do it. Both Fallon and Ben had me glued to the pages. I don’t think I could have my heart broken as many times as it did while reading Ben and Fallon’s story, but my heart did break. So. Many. Freaking. Times.
When I finished this book I thought to myself that Ugly Love is still my favourite of her books that I’ve read. November 9, though is such a closer runner up to being my favourite, I CAN’T EVEN. I SWEAR! Even through all of this, I still love the book. Below has spoilers, so YOU’VE BEEN WARNED. Basically: November 9 is my problematic fave.
Hoover once again has made me have so many feels over one book. Her writing drew me in from the start, and didn’t let me go until I read the Acknowledgement’s page.
Oh man, November 9 is filled with so many emotions running off of both Fallon and Ben. There are a few things that bothered me while reading; even if I did brush it off, but now that I’ve finished the book a few days ago, what was bothering me then is bothering me more so now.
I really don’t like insta-love. And that’s what this book is pretty much about. Each year on November 9, they meet up with each other. And each year they meet up like the last year didn’t affect them at all. And they quickly review what happened during the last year to bring them up to the present. And even though I like that, I just *know* that that in itself is the beginning’s of an unhealthy relationship. The fact that they don’t have contact for a year and still have the same type of feelings for each other is basically horse shit. Sorry, but it’s true. How could you only meet once a year for 5 years and not fall out of love? You have absolutely no contact.
They don’t text, call, email, or social media ANYTHING to each other. And they don’t mail anything. After each day they meet, their relationship goes dark. …And that just really pisses me off..
I don’t like the fact that these years that they meet each other has Fallon either running off in tears and Ben chases after her, or Ben just keeps his mouth shut when he wants Fallon to stay with him. This in itself is just super problematic.
Even with all of these emotions running wild when they meet up, there’s so much heartbreak in this novel. And that heartbreak eventually leads to even more heartbreak because Fallon had such high hopes. And ugh I’m reliving everything through my memory while writing out this review. Everything is just coming back to me at once, one thing after the other. I’ll stop here though, with the review.
The romantic in me loves this novel. The realist in me hates this novel. Therefore: November 9 is my problematic fave (right after Ugly Love).
If you’ve managed to read this far into my review, thank you so much for reading! I really appreciate it.
Until next time,