Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

My Thoughts

Compelling, fresh, heart wrenching and entirely unforgettable.

5stars

Synopsis

confess coverFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies. 

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

My Review

“I’m struggling for more air than I even need, but my panic is setting in, burying itself in my soul and making it hard to think. The sadness feels like warmth creeping its way up my chest, creating an insurmountable pressure the closer it gets to my heart.”

Bestselling author Colleen Hoover does it again. She delivers a compelling story with the power to evoke tears and laughs alike. Her trademark style emanates—both intense and effervescent, heartbreaking and heartswelling. Confess is a story that starts with a chance encounter and then twines in a way that seems destined and significant. Words hide secrets and confessions bleed off pages as Owen and Auburn find their way to each other, but not before loss furtively yields to new beginnings.

“I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.”

Auburn’s life didn’t turn out quite as planned. By the time she was 20 years old, she had already been through more than most. But she needed to remain focused. So when by happenstance, she walks past a studio with a help wanted sign, she had to stop. She needed the money. But it was more than that, the windows beckoned her attention. They were covered in intimate and shocking confessions. The studio’s owner, Owen Gentry, is desperate for help, and when Auburn walks into the studio, Owen is immediately taken by this girl who is smart, sassy and somehow a little sad too.

“Are you here to save me?”

Both Auburn and Owen have secrets they bear, confessions they bury. As the story unfurls, the undercurrent of these unsaid words are felt, especially as Auburn’s heart-wrenching story comes to light, while Owen’s remains largely a mystery.

“Some secrets should never turn into confessions. I know that better than anyone.”

There are so many things I loved about this story. Colleen Hoover’s trademark mix of humor and heart. Real and striking confessions which came from readers. The art that brought the story to life in a beautifully abstract, yet emotionally acute way.

So many things.

Deception and pain, love and loss, secrets and truths, hope and redemption—they all twist and tangle together creating another unforgettable novel from one of the freshest and most trusted voices in romance. This book is not to be missed.

“I don’t feel lost in him at all, because it’s the first time I’ve ever felt like someone truly found me.”

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Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway: Confess by Colleen Hoover

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With Confess,  Colleen Hoover has given us another book with which to fall in love. Another book that grips us, surprises us, makes us laugh. Another book brimming with feeling as secrets hide behind words and confessions bleed off the page. Owen and Auburn’s story is defined by heartache and pain, fueled by hope and determination. It starts with a chance encounter that would change everything for them both. I loved this book and I hope you do too! So while we wait for Confess to hit e-readers worldwide on March 10th, I’m thrilled to share with you a never-before-seen excerpt from a scene that helps us understand Auburn’s grief-stricken past.

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Synopsis

confess coverFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies. 

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

Excerpt

It’s been five weeks now since I came to Dallas, and the two of us have run out of sympathy from both sets of parents. I was told I have to return to Portland immediately are my parents will be slapped with truancy charges. If it weren’t for that, his parents might have let me stay, but the last thing my parents need right now is legal issues.

My flight is today, and we’ve exhausted all other ideas for how I can convince them that I don’t need to be on that flight. I didn’t tell Adam this and I won’t, but last night after more pleas from me, his mother, Lydia, finally voiced her true opinion on the matter.

“You’re fifteen, Auburn. You think what you feel for him is real, but you’ll be over him in a month. Those of us who have loved him since the day he was born will have to suffer with his loss until the day we die. Those are the people he needs to be with right now.”

It’s a strange feeling when you know at fifteen that you just lived through the harshest words you’ll ever hear. I didn’t even know what to say to her. How can a fifteen-year-old girl defend her love when that love is dismissed by everyone? It’s impossible to defend yourself against inexperience and age. And maybe they’re right. Maybe we don’t know love like an adult knows love, but we sure as hell feel it. And right now, it feels imminently heartbreaking.

“How long before your flight?” Adam asks as his fingers delicately trace slow circles down my arm for the last time.

“Two hours. Your mother and Trey are downstairs waiting for me. She says we need to leave in ten minutes in order to make it on time.”

“Ten minutes,” he repeats softly. “That’s not enough time to share with you all the profound wisdom I’ve accrued while on my deathbed. I’ll need at least fifteen. Twenty, tops.”

“I laugh what is probably the most pathetic, sad laugh to ever leave my mouth. We both hear the despair in it and he holds me tighter, but not much tighter. He has very little strength even compared to yesterday. His hand soothes my head and he presses his lips into my hair. “I want to thank you, Auburn,” he says quietly. “For so many things. But first, I want to thank you for being just as pissed off as I am.”

Again, I laugh. He always has jokes, even when he knows they’re his last.

“You have to be more specific, Adam, because I’m pissed off about a whole hell of a lot right now.”

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Day 4 – 2/26: Rock Stars of Romance

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Synopsis

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping some major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

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