9 november

Dezelfde datum, dezelfde plek, vijf jaar lang

Fallon lijdt nog steeds onder de gevolgen van een heftige brand die haar voor het leven heeft getekend. Op de dag dat ze naar New York verhuist, ontmoet ze Ben. Ze brengen de rest van de dag samen door en op het vliegveld spreken ze af elkaar de
komende vijf jaar jaarlijks op deze datum en plek te zullen ontmoeten. Maar wat gewoon een leuke afspraak lijkt, zou voor Ben weleens meer kunnen zijn. Heel veel meer.
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Published June 6th 2017 by Zomer & Keuning (first published November 10th 2015
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November 9
Isbn 13
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I swooned, I fell in love, my heart was broken, and then healed again.

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 genuinely did not see the twist coming and I absolutely loved that it surprised me!

As you can guess from the blurb, the tory takes place over everal years focusing on Fallon and Ben ’ s single day together each year.

I was especially mpressed with the way their relationship was set up so strongly that even after spending an entire year apart with literally no contact, they could pick up like they ’ d never been separated. “ He slowly plants kisses down my spin, keeping my hands secured to the bed, not allowing me to touch him back while he explores my skin.

Anyways, I started this book late at night but ended up staying up til the wee hours of the nigh to finish it because I just needed to find out what happened next for Fallon and Ben. The ore I read, the more my heart squeezed.

It was so epic that it actually did make me genuinely feel for and understand that character and believe the apology in a way that made me forgive what I thought would probably be unforgivable and still fully love that character.

To me, that ’ s a sign of damn good writing!! In the final our of reading this essay, I went from full on freaking out, angst-filled, stomach dropping rage to sitting with the biggest silliest, happiest grin on my face basking in all the warm happy feels.I really found it to be amazing how these two characters could literally spend only a matter of hours together over the year and still have me wholeheartedly believe their love for each other.

I felt the feels, believed their love, understood the mistakes, cheered for the victories.

Isn ’ t that an awesome quote?? This nove was nique, surprisin, gripping, addictive, a lot of un, but angsty at times, and also totally swoon-filled and beautiful because the ruth is that no person is perfect and even the best of us make mistakes.

I really felt like ( regardless of whether I agreed with them), I understood these characters and I absolutely adored their beautiful yet unconventional love story.

Her stories just reach right into my heart and this ook was another top-notch winner — a truly fantastic top recommendation!

This is one of those books you ’ ll want to drop everything to read the moment it ’ s live! Rating: 5 STARS!!

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I ’ m amazed at CoHo 's ability to deliver a unique story with each and every one of her boo.

CoHo 's love stories are guaranteed to have the ability to provoke strong emotions in the reader.My favorite aspect of the stories is how the book flowed so well together even though the story took place over a large time span.

P.S. I love that CoHo commented on my status update.

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There is nothing quite like a Colleen Hoover books.

It ’ s a day that I ’ ve never really thought about, but from now on, I don ’ t think this date will pass without me thinking of Ben, Fallon, and their storie.

When I read the blurb for this ook, I was intrigued.

It ’ s one of those you don ’ t want to know to much about.

You will laugh, you will cry, if you ’ re like me, you might be so full of frustration that you want to throw your kindle a time or two, but by the ending, you ’ re left with an unforgettable tory that is real, raw and iveting.

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Despite the fact that I did not like this book at all and that it did n't work for me one bit, she is still one of my avorite writer and I will still be rushing to read her first nove.

:) Non-spoiler list of everythin that bothered me:- The second thing I had an issue with was the act that Fallon was scarred on most of her body and face from a house fire that cost her her acting career.

I thought we were at the point in NA where we were past characters needing a tragic past, but apparently not.-Speaking of New Adult, my friend Megan wrote an awesome Almost Break-Up Letter to New Adult last week and while I was reading it and was agreeing with all her points, I would have never thought a Hoover book would fall victim to so many of those annoying and cliché NA traits.

We had tragic pasts for both characters, drama overkill, plot twists that felt like they were simply added for the sake of shock value, recycled tropes that have already been done in previous/popular NA books, super cheesy lines, and conflict that seemed really forced.

What would have resulted in a one time thing turned into so much more when he stayed with her a few days while she packed for New York and broke down barriers that no one else could in only a few minute, like letting him take off her clothes.

He asked Fallon to date around while she was in New York for a mont so she did n't 'miss anything', and he sounded like an inspirational coach half the time while the other half he said some really cheesy shit.

Keep in mind that this is after he 3rd November 9th they have spent together, roughly 12 hours they have spent together in total since they first met and after the irst time they have sex ... .- Towards the nd of the bestsellin, by about the fifth November 9th they 've spent together, David and Fallon have only spent a grand total of 28 hours together.

This is one of the main reasons why I had such a hard time connecting with not only the story, but with Ben and Fallon as a couple.

As stated in the summary, Fallon and Ben only meet once a year on November 9th, the day they met.

Elijah and Fallon agree for some eason ( more on that later) that they should have zero contact at all during the yea they are apart.

Fallon tells Ben early on that she hates insta-love and when she explains to him what insta-love is and he says that it sounds like what they must have, she quickly dismisses it.

It felt like Hoover used the fact that Joshu was an historian, and Fallon was a reader to shut down any problems.

The reason why Fallon moves to New York is because he mother says that you do n't know who you are until you are 23 years old, and you should n't date until then because if you do n't know yourself how can you fall in love.

Week later, when Ben wants to move to New York to be with Fallon so they could be together, a family tragedy forces Ben to stay home.

Or should I say, convinces Fallon that Ben has to stay home and once again ca n't have any contact with her.

All of this just felt really forced to me.Spoiler things that bothered me: -When Fallon breaks Ben 's heart and leaves to New York again, she shows up the next November 9th expecting to find a happy-go-lucky Ben. Instead, Ben is dating his dead cousi 's ex-wife and is raising his brother 's son with her.

The whole' I did it for your own good' move is stupid and condescending and overdone.- Plot twist: It turns out that El is the one that set fire to Fallon 's dad 's house two years ago.

I know this came as a huge shock to most readers, but it only annoyed me because the whole' I 'm responsible for your traumatic accident and now I 'm gon na seek you out to ease my guilt' has been done before in Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker and Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles.- The reason that Ben set Fallon 's dad 's house on fire is because Ben 's mom killed herself.

I would also like to point out that this assumption is incorrect.- Not only did Fallon have a tragic past ( the fire), but Sa did too ( his mom killing herself).

This felt like overkill for a number of reaso.

Someone give her the mother of the mont award so being so thoughtful!- In case you missed it, Ben 's mom killed herself on November 9.

All of which I 'm sure were meant to add to this supposedly epic romance, but only ended up being over he top.Spoiler-free final thoughts: I 'm not saying that you should not read this nove or that 's its terrible, because a) that 's a shitty thing to say and b) everyone has different tastes.

And if you do decide to read this novel, I hope you like it better than I did.

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Once upon a time, I was a die-hard fan of Colleen Hoover.Things change.

It ’ s like that all story long.I ’ m not saying that I have a cold heart and can ’ t ppreciate “ romancey ” passages.

“ You don ’ t think she needs my help in the shower? ”

I ’ ll make sure you ’ re following through with your auditions and I can write a memoi about the year we ’ re together. ”

Not because it ’ s a Colleen Hoover book, not because of the cover or even the hype.

And the only times I ’ m not completely enamored by you are the moments you ’ re feeling sorry for yourself.

Because you survived when a lot of people don ’ t get that lucky.

So from now on when you think about your scars, you aren ’ t allowed to resent them.

Except, who would ever give this kind of perfectly structured speech to another human being? Maybe it ’ s my cynical side that ’ s speaking, but I couldn ’ t take this book seriously.

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2/18/2017 Update: Hoover responded via a Facebook video: https: //www.facebook.com/AuthorCollee ... The ebook and the next printing of November 9 ( if one will happen) will have a major edit to update the scene where Sa is touching Fallon without her consent.

• FURTHERMORE, ( I ’ ll stop using caps now bc I feel like I ’ m wearing it out but please do bear in mind that I ’ m furious) he literally says “ if we ’ re just going to sit here and stare at each other, it ’ d be nice if she were showing a little cleavage, instead of wearing this long-sleeved shirt that leaves everything to the min.

OH MY FUCKING GOD I WANT TO TEAR THIS BOOK APART• A few paragraphs later he starts looking at her scars and he ’ s like “ Are [ her breasts ] scarred, too?

• I ’ ve always gotten subtle homophobic vibes from Hoover ’ s book, but on page 28 MC says “ No gay man I know would have left the house looking like you do right now ” and just the outright stereotyping and trying to use that to be funny is just gross.

He begins to get all romantic and heavy and saying “ want to know what I was thinking about when I saw you for the fifth time? ” and we thought we were going to get a touching tory about looking past her scars at her beauty but nope.

• Ben basically navigates throughout this book doing whatever he wants without asking Fallon ’ s consent and then forcing her to do things because he thinks she ’ s uncomfortable for no reason.

• For instance, there ’ s this entire scene where Ben wants her to wear this really revealing dress and she doesn ’ t want to but he keeps pressuring her to and finally Fallon is about to have a panic attack and cry and she ’ s squeezing her eyes shut because Ben is running his hands along her shirt and unbuttoning it ( WHICH DEFINITELY MEANS FUCK OFF SHE DOESN ’ T ASK YOU TOUCHING HER FUCK YOU BEN FUCK YOU) and he finally takes off her hirt and looks her over and it ’ s so embarrasse and nonconsensual and totally inappropriate having only met a few ours ago.

then he taKES OFF HER CLOTHES AND DOES THE SAME THEN TELLS HER TO LIFT HER ARMS AND PHYSICALLY PUTS THE RESS ON FOR HER and I just wanted her to literally slice him in half like I ’ m so done with him.

He is the opposite of romantic and if I were to ever encounter him in person I would literally stomp him like a roach.• May I just say that when he was telling her what dress to wear, he literally said “ I ’ m paying for dinner, so I get to choose what I stare at while we eat. ” Is that not a characteristic of an abusive boyfriend to be so controlling to force her to wear what he wants her to wear?

• Ben tells her, 3 hours into their riendship, I quote, “ It ’ s your own fault people feel uncomfortable looking at you. ” I can ’ t even make this up.

He tells her it ’ s her fault that she has burn scars, that they make her feel self-conscious, and the reaction people have to them.

If I didn ’ t already hate this character so much I would actually tear him to shreds with my bare hands.• You wan na know what the male gaze is?

It ’ s a male supposed-love-interest saying shit like “ There ’ s just enough showing at her neckline to keep me good and happy. ” Because women, their boobs, and their lowcut shirts exist to make men “ good and happy. ” Barf.

But she responds “ I don ’ t know. ” And he fuCKING KEEPS GOING.


• They start outlining rules for what to do between the time that they ’ ll see each other again and whereas fallon ’ s are things like “ read these books and have fun, ” ben ’ s is literally, “ go on dates.

• She eventually reveals that her left breast was disfigured from the fire and in the las line of dialogue ben is like LET ME SEE IT I NEED TO SEE IT CONSIDER IT RESEARCH I WANT TO NOW.

It ’ s her number one insecurity and he ’ s such an entitled asshole that he ’ s like “ uhhuh cool but let me see it.

Because I ’ m curious. ” • Every sexual advance after that wasn ’ t because “ you ’ re beautiful I love you, ” it was, “ let me take off your clothes so I can see the scars you keep trying to hide. ” So disgusting.• I think the saddest thing is Fallon never stops Ben from doing anything.

She has so much internalized misogyny that she allows men to control her and tell her what to do and she contributes it to the alpha male personality in the romance books she reads.

I ’ m so, so upset for her that she can ’ t stick up for herself, and Ben disguises his exploitative, disgusting, and toxic obsession with her scars and undressing her as concern and love.

Such arrogant, obnoxious, entitled men.• After she loses her virginity to him, she literally describes it as she “ lost a part of [ her ] self to the person inside [ her ].

OH MY GOD THIS BOOK IS UNBEARABLE PLEASE MAKE IT END.• fuCKING GUESS WHAT IT GOT WORSE• the next orning she was like “ I got ta go ” and he literally said, I quote, “ I ’ ve never wanted to use physical force on a girl before, but I want to push her to the ground and hold her there until the cab drives away. ” He literally threatens physical violence on her.

• At this point I stopped taking notes because shit was happening every paragraph but here ’ s the rest of what I remember• SEVERAL times in this ook, Fallon tells Ben “ I need to leave ” and he either grabs her, stands in front of the door, or otherwise blocks her exit.

He walks all over her life and calls it “ alpha male ” romance.• Near the beginnin of the book Fallon ’ s out on a date with another guy and he shows up and is super manipulative pretending like he ’ s interviewing them for an article or some cra, but he ’ s actually just creeping on the guy she ’ s with because he hates how she ’ s moved on from him.

Hoover continually normalizes and REWARDS this behavior by making the main mal character perceive it as humor or protectiveness.• At one point she tells him “ I need to get back to my date ” and it says that he “ lean [ s ] closer and sandwich [ es ] her against the wall, ” then he says, “ Don ’ t be like that.


By publishing this book, Hoover has said, “ it is somethin to allow en to get away with this behavior if he loves you.

If it was meant to be. ” • Fallon ’ s widower, who at the earl of the ook told her “ you ’ re too ugly for broadway, no one will hire you, your career is over, boys don ’ t love you, etc. ” is posed as “ misunderstood ” and someone who doesn ’ t know how to communicate.

I ’ m not shaming anyone who likes this book, but I can ’ t believe it has escaped notice of so many people.

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