Author: Colleen Hoover
Pages: 306 pages
Published: March 10th, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Paperback from my friend Vivien
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 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.
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BRILLIANT. STUNNING. PROFOUND. Colleen Hoover will break your heart and sew it back together again!
I would like to thank my awesome blogger friend, Vivien, for going out of her way to send a copy of this book to me. I still can't believe I have my first Colleen Hoover book, I just can't! This is insane because I've been wanting to read from her for so long, like the beginning of starting this blog, and I never had the nerve to pick it up. Bless your soul Vivien, you are a goddess. She runs a book blog as well and she's an avid Jennifer L Armentrout lover so go check her blog out here!
The plot and story is extremely well-woven and put together. It seems as if Colleen Hoover has a knack for creating realistic about characters that meet each other and have relationships in such a unique way. The book follows two perspectives, Owen and Auburn. I went into this book thinking it was only going to come from Auburn's POV but I never expected Owen to be such a huge part of this book. I commend Ms. Hoover for throwing that in there and it just made the story 100% enjoyable.
This plot is so well put together that when complications come up against the characters, they don't bag and bring down everything with it. It's only that one chain of events that affect the characters in some way, if that makes sense. Although this is a contemporary novel, I felt the plot and story line to be so exuberant and full of action at every corner.
Are you ready for this? Are ya ready? Because this book references to so many of our main character's artworks and paintings, there are actually real paintings and photos in the book. When you reach the halfway point you'll know where they are, but I thought that aspect was so fun and playful. Owen is a unique kind of artist because he leaves an anonymous box outside for people to put their confessions inside and then paints them in the way he interprets them. That is the sickest idea ever!!! I mean sick as in AWESOME!
Finally the exciting part! Making characters realistic and relatable seems to come naturally to Colleen. To me, it feels like she has so much fun creating these characters and making them come to life. Auburn and Owen felt like any other couple on the block to me because 1) It's easier to compare yourself with them and 2) It gives me hope that there are such things as these kinds of relationships.
I also noticed something that some authors tend to do poorly but Colleen really knew how to make you hate a certain antagonist to the point where you just want them to be extinct from the book. There is a sort of love triangle that doesn't make sense in the beginning but it's more like a forced love triangle that you start to understand why the female involved made those types of choices. Does that make sense? I hope it does and I'm not just rambling to myself!
The main female protagonist is not some fragile angel that fell from the story. Many times in the story, she proved to me that she was capable of learning and growing. And grow she did! I saw her blossom in this older woman that understand that she had choices and eventually ended up making the right choices.
The love between Owen and Auburn is so edible! Okay, okay that came out kind of weird, but basically I devoured every moment of it! Even when Auburn knew she couldn't be with Owen, oh no, that didn't stop her. I love her for being that kind of female character that fights for what she wants.
Her romance is strangely similiar to Jennifer L Armentrout's. And when I say strangely, I mean creepily similar like it was hard to distinguish at times that I was reading CoHo. I guess that's also a good thing because wild fans of Jennifer would love Colleen's romances, relationships, and writing style. Both amazing writers have a way of writing romance and characters going on dates without it sounding cheesy and awkward at all. You can feel their characters having a much deeper love and admiration for each other that runs deeper than just physical attraction. It's writing you can't escape. It's romance you can't but eat up!
It's pretty clear that if you haven't picked up Colleen Hoover yet, GOO GOOO GET THIS BOOK AND READ IT. I know, I know. I was a hesitant young reader like you, but it doesn't help you don't' try. Who knows: this book might be your next soulmate? Confess will leave you with words dangling at the opening of your mouth. The angst, the heart wrench, the all of it! Fantastic. Brilliant.
Have you read this book yet? Better yet, have you read any Colleen Hoover book yet? *whispers* YOU SHOULD!