Confess: A Novel
This is PURE Colleen Hoover magic again, my friends!! There is just SO MUCH meaning to everything she writes, delivered through characters, no… people, just like us.
It has everything we absolutely love from her. Colleen’s signature quirky-but-relatable characters, tons of realistic backstory, an exciting “current” story, and POV’s from both that totally worked for me. Why? ‘Cause in this case, what he’s thinking… what he’s keeping a secret, even from us, is HUGE, and so integral to the *oomph* of the story. The biggest reveal of them all.
Yep! I went into this one absolutely blind. No clue… and I was riveted by this dedication by the author.
She tells us:
The confessions you read within this novel are true confessions, submitted anonymously by readers.
And it’s fresh, heartfelt and laden in emotion. In fact, it had me tearing up right from the start…
“I’m so sad,” he whispers.
His words are so out of line with his usual positivity, but it comforts me. Of course I don’t want him to be sad, but I need him to be sad with me right now. “Me too.”
Oh wow. WOW. This PART!!!!
Maryse: Reading a review copy of Colleen Hoover’s upcoming “Confess”… I’m still in the first quarter and cried in the first few pages… Poignant. But she just delivered an unforgettable blow that stopped me in my tracks. And then followed it up with a moment of sweet relief. Amazing how she can do that so seamlessly. A very kind author, to her readers, indeed.
Christy: Yes, she is!! Love her!
Rachel: I get blown away on every single book!!
But that ending!?? It had me crying like a baby.
Maryse: I just finished “Confess” by Colleen Hoover… and I just have to say that it had me crying like a baby in the end. GORGEOUS!
Toski: OMG I adored it. I felt her best since Slammed. Had that same “special” feeling.
Rachel: I don’t think there is a book I haven’t cried on!!
Stephanie: This book was amazing! Definitely one of her best!!
Maryse: I love her “full circle” feel. LOVE IT!
Yep I do!!! While this author is well known for her exciting twists and surprise reveals, what I love the MOST about her tales is how they come full circle. I always feel complete when I finish her books (even if they have me sobbing). There’s just so much meaning AND magic in life, and her characters remind me of this each and every time.
So what’s it about? Oh sheeeeesh… how to do this without ruining the reveals? Because there are at least 4 of ‘em as the story progresses, and I loved each and every surprise. Especially that ending…
Auburn is twenty one, and starting life over in Texas. She has her reasons, all of which will be revealed as the story goes. I felt her. I felt as if I was her. I felt her love, her sadness and her intimidation. Her reasons for feeling… er… “stuck” if you will. But she’s managing, gets a job or two (that’s where some of the fun comes in), and finds herself a room for rent that comes with a sort of grumpy but kick-ass roommate. LOVED HER!!!
But that “fun” thing that happens to her with her move is that she meets semi-famous artist, Owen. He needs help with one of his gallery showings (his own paintings) and hires her on the spot. He’s desperate and so is she, and they become fast friends. There’s an honesty and calmness about him that brings Auburn comfort. It’s true. Owen rocks, and the meaning behind his paintings… what inspires them, will tug at your heart.
“It’s incredible,” I whisper, spinning around to take in more of what he’s created. I walk to the window of confessions and find one written in red ink and highlighted.
I’m scared I’ll never stop comparing my life without him to how my life was when I was with him.
I’m not sure if I’m more fascinated by the confessions, the art, or the fact that I feel like I can relate to everything in here.
Raw, and pure and just so meaningful. At times heartbreakingly sad,
“What’s the worst one you’ve ever received?”
I knew this was coming. I almost wish I had lied to her and said I throw a lot of them away, but instead I point to a smaller box. She leans forward and touches it, but she doesn’t pull it toward her.
“What’s in here?”
“The confessions I never want to read again.”
Some parts of this story killed me. Broke me. BUT!!! As painful and dark as some parts are, there is just as much light! Super-sad, yes… but plenty of super-sweet and lots of laughs!
Like when she was mad at him and left him a “confession”… (tee hee!!!!)
I met this really great guy three weeks ago. He taught me how to dance, reminded me of what it feels like to flirt, walked me home, made me smile, and then YOU’RE AN A$$HOLE, OWEN!
P.S. Your initials are stupid.
*snort* SO many moments like this. I giggled all the way through.
A perfect balance, if you ask me. And no matter what, everything… EV-ER-Y-THING about what brings these characters together, and what propels them in their friendship will have your heart!
But like in all awesome potential love stories… there are villains. People trying to keep one, or both of them down, let alone their personal issues and secrets that won’t allow them to let go completely.
“I’m scared I’ll never feel this again with anyone else,” I whisper.
He squeezes my hands. “I’m scared you will.”
But in this one? Everything makes sense, and their reasonings are not “angst” for the sake of angst. This feels like real-life stuff, and I got it. All of it.
I especially “got” that ending. No wait. That ending GOT ME. Stole my heart and had me sobbing. Full circle, my friends. Some sadness, lots of sweetness, plenty of romantic angst, and best if all? Hope.
P.S. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy! I LOVED IT!