I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Oh Colleen. If there is an author that never ceases to amaze me, it’s her. The premise of Confess is brilliant. The moment I picked up Confess I had no plans of putting it down. And I didn’t. The prologue was everything my heart needed. I haven’t had a beginning of a book affect me like that in awhile.This powerful story of two people reminds you that despite hopelessness, there is love. And love shatters.
“I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.”
Artist, Owen Gentry is a painter. Auburn Reed is a girl with plans and a goal. Until Owen comes in and derails her plans. Little does she know he was part of the plan the entire time. I refuse to spoil anything for the reader as to how the paintings and confessions are related. But this is part of the genius of Colleen Hoover’s writing. She weaves a heart felt, beautiful story that allows the reader to full lose themselves in. She takes something insignificant and gives it meaning. She gives it depth. You are hooked from the very first page as you are trying to understand the underlying thread that goes through this story. This is a story of love, hope, and fate. That true love prevails. Always. No matter the circumstance. No matter what. Love wins.
“I’ve never felt stronger than I feel when I’m with her. I’ve never felt like I had a purpose like I feel when I’m with her.”
Owen and Auburn. O-M-G. oh-em-gee (inside book joke!). These two are connected on such a deep level. The moment they move, you feel their souls breathe. Love like theirs is intense, passionate, overwhelming. And you know that their love is fate. Circumstances threaten their love, but their feelings never waver. While confessions are threaded throughout the story, strategically, there is the staple Colleen Hoover wit and humor weaved in as well.
“And I need you to remember that anyone can make love. But I’m the only one who deserves to make love to you.”
No one writes like Colleen. No one. She takes something so simple and makes them connect. In a way you would never even think. She doesn’t write her stories, she breathes into them. My only issue with the story is that when everything was discovered, it was a bit anti-climatic for me. I felt such a built up throughout the story. I clutched my kindle. I clutched my chest. But the end left me a bit underwhelmed. I wanted to feel the same way I did as I started the story. But as I said, Colleen is the genius. Not me. Perhaps there’s a reason for this. Perhaps it works well for others. Nevertheless, this beautiful story is one you must read if you love this author.
I absolutely love (and secretly hate, ok openly hate) when I start a book and immediately have tons of questions about what's going on. What went on. And what's going to happen in the future. This is where my not-so-cooperative friends who have already read the book come in handy. Or in my case, not so handy. No one tells me a thing. Says it'll ruin the story if they tell. Just stop asking and read, they all say. Well damnit!
I finally stopped asking all the questions and read. Didn't mean all those little plot bunnies in my head didn't keep running around. I can't help but to want to know, what I want to know, NOW. So if you read this book and feel the same way, just trust me. Don't ask, just read. You'll thank me later. You're welcome. xo
Onto the actual story now...
I loved a lot of things about the story. I loved the whole coalition between the confessions and how they became a vision for Owen to transform onto canvass as beautiful meaningful art.
I loved Owen. Everything he said and did was swoon worthy at its finest. I liked the storyline UNTIL something appeared that I don't necessarily like in my books. But that's a me thing, don't judge, just read. It had a purpose to the story.
I however didn't like the choices Auburn made in regards to something's in the story. I kept thinking, surely there's a better way to make what you want to happen, happen. It was frustrating. It was inferiorating. In the end, it worked out. But I didn't enjoy it one bit! But sometimes there's not always a better way. Sometimes the path to happiness is a dirty gritty one.
You know, I really enjoyed, partly loved and partly disliked this story. The ending left me full of questions and WHY's! There are still things I want to know. Need to know. Not sure if I'll ever get the answer I'm looking for. I hope Colleen answers my email. HAHA yes, I actually emailed her with questions. Not sure if I'll ever get a reply or the answer I'm looking for, but a girl can dream.
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Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Maybe Someday, Finding Cinderella, and Ugly Love. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.
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