OH WOW!! 🤩 This one stole my heart. Yep! Still has that signature Colleen Hoover storytelling by way of her beautiful words and introspection and her relatable characters with real life issues. It’s why we love her so.
Kim: Regretting You, it was very relatable which I think is one of Coho’s great talents. She is always a sure thing for me.
But also signature Colleen ’cause it had quite the twist that, yet again – I didn’t see coming until it slapped me right on the face! And it does so early on, too, so you get to live it as they do.
Maryse: …I love the twist in the first quarter, did not see that coming at ALL… until it did. And still, I don’t know the whole answer to that.
Leslie M: I read Regretting You and have a lot to say about it but it’s all spoilery. *zips lips*
Ashley: Hi! It’s me again! I just finished Regretting You. Well, I didn’t think anything could top Slammed but she’s done it! It’s officially my favorite book of 2019… possibly ever. This book is everything!
It’s raw and real and I am just overwhelmed and a little sad that I don’t think anything can top it! I feel very sorry for the next book that I read. I don’t care what your plans are, drop them. You will not regret the time spent reading this book Maryse! Happy reading!
Becky: This might be my favorite CoHo book ever.
Ashley: I just started it again! I NEVER re-read books!
Linda: Just started chapter 2 as we speak!! First Colleen Hoover for me!! Already hooked!!
Maryse: …love that we get TWO love stories for the price of one! 😀 I especially prefer the ***** love story ’cause well… HOLY MOLY on that backstory. I’m riveted.
Michele G: Reading and listening to Regretting You right now….I’m getting ALL THE FEELS!!!! Absolutely loving it!
Christina: Read it in one sitting*sigh* Loved it!! Reminds me of why I feel in love with her writing in Slammed. Going to be re-reading.
Oh yes, my friends… this one is a WHOLE LOT MORE than what that blurb lets on, so I will continue in that vein, and keep my lips sealed for the most part. Mind you, it’s a good blurb, solid and intriguing – it’s not wrong at all… but it definitely underpromises and delightfully overdelivers in the best of ways!
I did NOT see the reality of the backstory coming until it slapped me in the face and left me in shock. And then… I was ALL IN.
So what’s it about? I’m keeping this short and sweet and along the lines of the blurb… just so you can sink into its truth like I did.
So, Morgan (the mom – I loved her!!) is fairly “happy”, albeit questioning if it’s enough at this stage of her 30s.
It’s my birthday, and I’m surrounded by everyone important to me, but for some reason, I feel more alone than I’ve ever felt. I should be happy right now, but something is off. I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe I’m getting bored.
Or worse. Maybe I’m boring.
Being slightly on the OCD routine side, she’s considered predictable and so is everything about her life. She put aside her career dreams to marry her high school sweetheart and raise a child. He went to school and work, she remained a housewife. She feels like she needs more…
“You’re a sacrificer. I don’t even know if that’s a real word, but that’s what you are. You do things you don’t want to do to make life better for the people around you.
Their daughter (Clara), now a teenager is your typical outgoing, smart, happy girl with dreams of becoming an actress. She’s got a solid friend-and-family structure supporting her, though of course, with you typical parent/child push and pull. 😉
Chris and I take it overboard with Clara sometimes. We admit that. But Clara is our only child, and we don’t want her to end up in a situation like we did.
She’s got a crush on a guy in school (though her dad pretty much forbids her from seeing him… more of a “bad-boy” concern).
It’s hard for me to worry about the opinion of a guy who seems to go out of his way to avoid me. But I do, for some reason.
And while she loves her mom, she’s a daddy’s girl at heart and one of her very best friends and confidents is her aunt (her mom’s sister) – that she relates to on a more… carefree level. Her aunt just had a baby and is marrying her high school sweetheart too.
I’m telling you all of this just to give you a nice base… the foundation. Don’t get too cozy. 😉
Though all is well and right in their world, things are going to come to a halt. And then come crashing down.
If I wasn’t already sitting, I would have fallen.
I don’t make a noise. I just stare at him and try to process everything. I shake my head and try to speak, but my words are weak. “You must have misunderstood…”
What I love the most about this story? The author let her story GO there. It went there… and it stayed there. She didn’t retract the initial reveal, with a secondary “it’s not what we thought” reveal. So what we went through, what they went through, was real. Turmoil coming from all angles due to a single truth that blasted it shards scattered everywhere. Plenty of poignant personal growth too. It was real in the end for all of them (and for us).
Angela: Regretting you. Man oh man make sure you have some Kleenex. It’s really good and so was all your perfects. This book hit close to home for me and was added to my “paper” collection along with a lot more from colleen.
Misunderstandings, assumptions, guilty thoughts prompting reactions from both sides, and a clash of all clashes (desperate to understand what happened, and even more desperate to know what’s going to happen). It all made sense.
Did it give me butterflies? OH YES IT DID!!! I won’t tell you much more on that, though I will admit that my favorite parts were the mom’s POV… I was HOOKED.
It’s like my chest has been on a constant search for its missing piece…
I loved her character and felt her to my soul. That ending warmed my heart, and had me smiling. So gratifying.❤️
4.5 STARS!! <— The story as a whole is utterly gratifying and if you love Colleen Hoover, you’ll love this one.
P.S. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy. I actually ended up reading and listening to it along with my book-buds, on Kindle Unlimited (I’m getting the hang of audiobooks!!! YAY!!!)
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