Musical Mondays: November 9 by Griffin Peterson

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So… I just finished November 9 by Colleen Hoover… I’m wrecked!! I cried so damn much! So, this one is fitting. If you have not read the book, and you don’t want ANY spoilers, then don’t listen to this one, ok? But read the book… it’s so beautiful!

You’ve got scars, so do I
If I could, I’d take them all and make them mine
But for now, I’ll play the part
And let you in just far enough for this to start
For this to start

I remember everything when the fire of your heart began to sting
I couldn’t tell you all my sins
Much too scared of what the truth might bring

I’ve been lying from the start
You know it’s tearing me apart
Would really want the whole truth?
When I finally tell it all, will it be a wrecking ball
Or a bitter taste you try to hide as smooth
I know I took it all away
So let me give it all back to you, you, you, you
Give it all, give it all back to you

You read the truth
I tell no lies
Every page outlined for you ends with goodbyes
I’m losing sleep
‘Cause I write all night
Always end up with the words November nine

I’ve been lying from the start
You know it’s tearing me apart
Would really want the whole truth?
When I finally tell it all, will it be a wrecking ball
Or a bitter taste you try to hide as smooth
I know I took it all away
So let me give it all back to you, you, you, you
Give it all, give it all back to you

You, you, you, you
Give it all back to you

Your heart is on fire and my soul’s aflame
But the damage left behind us is not the same
So let me give it all back to you, you, you, you
Give it all, give it all back to you

You, you, you, you

All Laced Up (Erin Fletcher)

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Everyone loves hockey superstar Pierce Miller. Everyone except Lia Bailey.

When the two are forced to teach a skating class to save the rink, Lia’s not sure she’ll survive the pressure of Nationals and Pierce’s ego. Not only can’t he remember her name, he signed her bottle of water like she was one of his groupies. Ugh.

But if there’s one thing Lia knows better than figure skating, it’s hockey. Hoping to take his ego down a notch — or seven — she logs into his team website under an anonymous name to give him pointers on his less-than-stellar playing.

Turns out, Pierce isn’t arrogant at all. And they have a lot in common. Too bad he’s falling for the anonymous girl online. No matter how much fun they’re starting to have in real life, she’s afraid he’s going to choose fake-Lia over the real one…

Disclaimer: This book contains a swoony hockey player (and his equally swoony friends!), one-too-many social media accounts, kisses that’ll melt ice, and a secret identity that might not be so secret after all…


There’s two things that are usually good ideas for a read: books from entangled cush, which are usually really cute, and hockey books, because hockey just rocks! So, requesting this book was a no-brainer for me.

The writing was so good, it flowed super well and fast, so fast in fact that I read the book in way less than a day. The book is told in dual POV – my favorite kind – and Pierce and Lia’s voices are different enough that the dual POV is super enjoyable.

Both characters were really great, and both had several sides to them. I really liked how they opened up to each other throughout the book, and started seeing each other in a different light because of it. It was very well done.

I did like the romance, the pacing was done right, and the chemistry was believable. These two were super cute together :-).

The plot was interesting too, I was hoping that the whole “secret identity” thing was well handled, because I’ve read some books where it wasn’t. Luckily, this one was pretty great. See… Pierce KNOWS, and while he does make some mistakes, because of the way his words come out of his mouth, and Lia is impatient and somewhat blind to some stuff, it works fine for them.

I really liked how they helped each other go through some rough patches and realizing their full potentials.

Overall, a very good and cute YA read. I recommend it, for sure.