Confess (Colleen Hoover)


Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

Once again, I read this one this month because Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much kind of pushed me to :P. Eheh. She knew I’ve been meaning to read it for a long time, so I finally did it.

Much like most of the books I’ve read from CoHo, this one’s writing is amazingly beautiful and also full of color, and that is not entirely related to the fact that this book is about art. It’s just gorgeous! The book is told in dual POV and I usually don’t like when the narrator keeps something from the reader, but here in this book, it happens, but it doesn’t feel like misdirection, you know? You are aware that you don’t have the full story yet, but there is no lie or big omission on their POVs, it’s just that their thoughts are never focused to that. Very well achieved.


Once again, CoHo takes it out of the park on the character department… neither main character is perfect. Auburn is a great girl, but I have to admit that while I understood her actions during the book, I didn’t approve of some of them, and they made me somewhat mad. I wanted her to be more selfish… I wanted her to follow her heart, though I understood why she couldn’t quite do that. Owen, I loved! Again, I wish he had made some different choices, but I did understand his motivations… I really liked how he was with Auburn though, because I felt like he supported her, and she sure needed that in her life.


The romance was good, though it went too fast and not at all. Cryptic, right? I thought they were amazing together, sweet, romantic, cute, but I wanted them to move along, and then, really, not much time had passed, so maybe it was a bit too fast? 😛

The story made this book for me, because it was really good and heartfelt. It made my heart tight. CoHo always gives me the biggest feels.

I do think that some secrets should have been shared at some point, and it made me sad that they weren’t…


The awesomeness of this book doesn’t quite reach Ugly Love and November 9 status for me, but it was still pretty amazing. And the art is unreal! I loved the concept of how Owen created his art, and I could have used with a lot more confessions throughout the book.

Have you read Confess? Tell me your thoughts!


7 thoughts on “Confess (Colleen Hoover)

  1. anovelglimpse says:

    Great review! You have really valid points on the romance aspect. What really set this book apart in my head was 1. the art and 2. the real anonymous confessions in the book. It’s amazing what people confessed. I love reading the confessions CoHo adds to the Confess Instagram page. They’re shocking, but also human.

  2. Marta says:

    I’ve been wanting to read CoHo for some time, as everyone seems to enjoy her books, but for some reason that I can’t quite explain (I have no idea why, tbh haha) ‘Confess’ is the only book that I’m interested in. Could it be the art … or the cover …? I don’t know, but the portuguese cover is very pretty, and I’m seriously considering reading it in portuguese :/

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