November 9 by Colleen Hoover
on November 10, 2015
Genres: New Adult
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Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.
Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
I read November 9 on Crave, a new reading App that caught my attention. It was a different way to experience a story, including fun extras and allowing the reader to participate in feedback as situations unfold. Ben, the hero is the main focus within the features, leaving video messages, pictures, and text messages. The way I imagined Ben would have appeared and acted was not in keeping with the actor portraying Ben.
Down the track, I would like read this again, but in a format where I would be able to do so in one setting. With the Crave App, a portion (usually a chapter) is released at the same time each day. I quickly became frustrated and bored having the story rationed in this way but could see how this would work well for readers who are happy to read for a short time each day. As an avid reader, however, I found this didn’t fit in with my preferred reading style.
Ben and Fallon were appealing characters with a fascinating story to tell. It’s a new adult setting where the characters adapted to challenging situations well…considering what they were dealing with. The arrangement they come up with was one I hadn’t read before and it provided an interesting base for the story. Angst and a few twists I wasn’t expecting made for an easy and enjoyable story.
What I struggled with:
*Ben was not how I pictured him in my head
*Time spans between events
*Dragging out the length of time it took to read the story
What I enjoyed:
*Fallon and her aspirations
*Ben’s ability to light up Fallon’s world
Lily’s Rating: 3 Stars
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