YOUth Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

I've fallen in love with Colleen Hoover's writing so when I heard people talking about November 9 on TikTok, I knew I had to read it right away. And I must say, it was definitely the right decision. I managed to read this book within 24 hours. It didn't matter that it was two in the morning; the more I read, the more immersed I became in it. All I wanted to do was read on to find out what would happen in the following chapter. I believe that one of the many reasons I fell in love with this novel was the fact that I am someone who is in love with the idea of falling in love. Colleen Hoover has a really lovely was of explaining to the audience how and why one of her characters falls in love with another, and she adds even more realism to her storytelling by describing it in a way that treachery and hurt are inevitable. I was able to imagine myself in each character's position while I read this book. I was able to experience all the of the characters' emotions, including laughter, tears, smiles, and anger. Despite the fact that I am only sixteen, I feel as though this book allowed me to reflect on my own life because I could relate to and understand the message it conveyed. Colleen illustrated how falling in love is a natural emotion that comes without your having to force it or give it your whole being, it just simply happens. I've always held the saying, "If it's meant to be, it will be" to be true. This book is proof of that. Everybody has a Ben at some point in life. Someone they can never really move on from and will always have love for, even after all the pain they cause. Review by Felicity T.