Author: Colleen Hoover
Narrator: Zachary Webber & Angela Goethals
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published Date: November 10th 2015
Listening time: 9 hrs 45 min
My Rating: ★ ★ ★
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.
“Whoever said the truth hurts was being an optimist. The truth is an excruciatingly painful son of a bitch.”
I was very unsure when I started this book if I would even finish it because it is in the New Adult genre and I’m not a fan of the majority of books in this genre due to how explicit some of the content can get. So when I started listening to this I was a bit apprehensive. Thankfully though there weren’t any explicit scenes that I can remember.
Fallon is a young woman who has been badly injured in an accident and because of this accident she has lost most everything that she used to be. With her cross country move planned she’s hoping to start over and find herself.
Ben is a young man who is lost because of several things that have happened in his life that have caused him to spin out of control and turn into this person who he doesn’t even know anymore.
These two make an unlikely friendship that most likely seems won’t stand the distance and time that will happen in between them seeing each other. But somehow they both follow through on only seeing one another only one day a year with no other contact. With Ben having been challenged to write a book about what happens each year, they decide to give one another tasks to complete and then tell the other person about once they meet again. This lasts for four years and then it all goes horribly wrong.
“It took four years for me to fall in love with him. It only took four pages to stop.”
Overall I thought this book was okay, this genre still isn’t one I really enjoy reading yet, but I do see why it is so popular. I did really like seeing things from both of their points of view and how they felt about the situation and what was happening in their lives throughout the year. I really enjoyed the banter that would happen between Ben and Fallon and how there wasn’t really much awkwardness between them when they would meet up again. Yet I never really felt anything for either character besides when it all went horribly wrong and I wanted Fallon to stand her ground. But that’s beside the point. I can see why Hoover is such a popular author and I do plan on reading her YA books before I read another NA by her.
“Goals are achieved through discomfort and hard work. They aren’t achieved when you hide out in a place where you’re nice and cozy.”