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.
People… I am IN LOVE with this book! Seriously, I’M IN LOVE WITH NOVEMBER 9! By the way, I listened to it mostly in audiobook, but I had a borrowed paperback to follow it on, and that’s thanks to Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, who lent me her book awhile back… THANK YOU! Also, thank you for “forcing” to give this one a chance, because I absolutely loved it. It’s up there with Ugly Love for favorite book by CoHo.
I don’t really know how to review this book without spoiling the hell out of it, but I’ll start by saying that Colleen’s writing is, as usually, super on point. It’s lovely, emotional, funny and so damn strong. I’m still in awe with CoHo’s writing. It’s just superb.
Both characters were amazing, it’s incredible how I was able to connect with them and fall in love with them since the first few pages they were in. They are just so imperfectly perfect, and I can’t help but love them. I loved that the character growth throughout all those years was very palpable and real.
The romance was gorgeous, and painful and hopeful, and painful, and amazing. Did I mention painful? Yeah… pretty painful, especially not good for when you’re listening to a particular hard scene in the middle of a lot of people… damn you CoHo and that awful November 9! I loved to see how much impact Ben and Fallon had on each other’s lives, even though they never saw each other. They were better people because they had each other in some way, and wow, isn’t that beautiful?
The plot is so twisted and so well done. I have to admit, I did know EVERYTHING that was going to happen, because when Cátia read this one a few months ago, she spoiled it for me – at my request. Still, my knowledge before hand did not take away any of my love and enjoyment for this plot. It was amazing that a story only told in one day a year, packed so much information, feelings and pain.
I honestly don’t know what to say more, I just want to beg you to read this one, because it’s so beautiful, and while I loved Ugly Love, I do know that that particular book isn’t for everyone. This one, though, it is.
So go read November 9.(or listen to it, the audiobook is amazing!)
Have you read this one? What are your thoughts on it? Did you cry like a baby too?!