My Rating: ★★★★☆
Genre(s): New adult; contemporary romance
This review is spoiler free for your viewing pleasure. Anything spoiler-y is related to the synopsis, and therefore not my fault. This review is literally my spoiler-filled review with things omitted. If you haven’t read this book, you shouldn’t be looking at reviews. Duh.
Plot: Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.
- It was written by Colleen Hoover, and we all know how I feel about that
- It wasn’t her typical new adult; it confronted some very real, older adult themes
- [The reason their marriage struggles] is not spoken about enough in NA lit, and when it is, it’s rarely done right
- I have a list of people who need to read this book
- I love the past and present way she tells stories ugh
- I like the box idea, and may bring that up to my husband on our next anniversary or something
- I genuinely enjoyed the ending, and how they [redacted] because they weren’t tied down at home
- Contrary to Colleen’s usual style, this book didn’t carry that twist I was looking for
- I sort of felt like [redacted] would be their last straw, and it was
- It was good, but there was just something about it that made it feel… dull?
My Thoughts: Damn. It’s complicated.
Okay so as a Certified Colleen Stalker™, rating one of her books anything less than five stars just feels wrong. But honestly this book just didn’t “do it” for me the way her others have. I went in blind, as I have for her last few books, but I still wasn’t really surprised or shocked or gut-punched the way I expected.
Maybe I’m not in the right head space for a book like this, maybe it’s because my marriage has never been on the rocks, maybe it’s because I’ve never had [redacted] issues ([redacted] runs in my family), or maybe it’s because I was expecting something just absolutely devastating — don’t get me wrong, a [redacted] is about as devastating as it gets — but this book didn’t hit me the way others like Ugly Love or Hopeless did.
That aside, this was a very great read. Marriage is hard. Marriage is messy. Sometimes, marriage is a downright Category 5 storm. And it’s sometimes just addressed as “let’s fight and then have make up sex” — when that is not how it is. Not always.
Overall, this was a great book. I will probably re-read it later just to see if reading it versus listening to it (like I did this time) makes a difference. I have a handful of friends who’ve read it and needed it. I have yet another handful who need to read it, and will be getting copies when I have money to spare.
As usual, Colleen has delivered another outstanding book, packed with emotion. I can’t wait to see where she takes us next.