Book: November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
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.-Goodreads
Review: Fallon (I kept wondering if Hoover is a huge fan of Jimmy Fallon), was once a rising actor until half her body was burned in a house fire at age 16. While having a challenging meal with her father, Ben, a stranger, pops into the booth and pretends he's her boyfriend. The two hit it off and decide to meet up with each other every year on November 9th, with no contact in between. No emails, no exchanging of cell phone numbers, nada. Ben's an aspiring writer and wants to write about their story. Okay, I admit I like this concept. It's very 'You've Got Mail' and could be quite romantic.
Unfortunately, Fallon had almost no personality and Ben was beyond cheesy/creepy. For example he spews these lines:
"Baby," he says, his lips forming a smile. "You have already made this the best I've ever had, and I'm not even inside you yet." ==> GROSS!
"Fallon," he whispers, dragging his lips slowly across mine. "Thank you for this beautiful gift." ==> of course, this is when he finds out he's taking her V card
The dialogue was just so over the top and ridiculous, I could not stop rolling my eyes. I did like that that one point Fallon's roommate pointed out that after 3 years she had literally spent a total of 3 days with Ben. Ben's 'secret' was obvious and while very sad, I felt like this was a poor version of 'Ten Tiny Breaths' (heart wrenching book, I recommend if you haven't read it).
Overall-not my favorite read. I think new adult romance is just not for me.