She’s not the kind of girl you choose your battles for. She’s the kind of girl you fight to the death for.
November 9 is a novel written by Colleen Hoover about two people who meet and have an undeniable chemistry, but one is moving across the country that night, so they decide to meet up every year on that same date until they turn 23. Of course there is a plot twist about honesty and whether it has all been real or scripted.
I had been anticipating this novel for a while, because I am a Colleen Hoover fan and enjoy majority of her books. This one was no different. I have to say that November 9 started out really strong. The day I started reading it, I couldn’t stop, and read like 150 pages or so, but two-thirds into the book, I started to get a little bored. I didn’t really like where it was headed, but it came around and had a good ending.
The two main characters were Ben and Fallon. I have to say that I totally adored Ben. He seemed spontaneous and adorable and sweet and like he had a lot more under the surface than you would originally expect. Fallon had her issues, but she had every right to have them. I liked that she was self-conscious and was lacking confidence, because that made her more relatable and likable, because if she was perfectly fine (given her condition) then I don’t think I would have continued reading the book.
Ben and Fallon’s relationship through the first half of the book was absolutely addicting. They were funny and raw and full of emotion. Ben taught Fallon so much about how to love herself and let go of all that happened to her. The seeing each other once a year thing was an interesting perk of the book, but I can’t imagine having to go through that.
As much as I loved their story, I was not so into the plot twist. I know every story has to have some kind of conflict, but it felt a little too convenient. Although I didn’t guess it beforehand, I still felt that it was so extremely far-fetched (not that the whole book wasn’t, buuuut). It was just one of those instances where everything that could go wrong did go wrong with these two characters and that gets on my nerves, because it isn’t plausible. The chances are too great, but it is a book.
Granted, November 9 does redeem itself and I was smiling by the end, but it took a lot to make it through the rough conflict pages. Definitely a good story though. Not my favorite by a long shot, but worth reading!