I am officially back in love with CoHo. I have been reading her books for a few years but I didn't enjoy her last full-length release, Confess but November 9? This book makes me fall back in love with CoHo and all she writes.
The book follows Ben and Fallon who both meet on a day that means a lot to Fallon for all the wrong reasons, it's the day she nearly died in a fire at her father's house, and lost her career as an actress along with all her confidence. That is until Ben. Ben overhears how Fallon's father is treating her when they meet for a meal the day before Fallon leaves to move to New York and he decides to intervene. By pretending to be Fallon's boyfriend.
I loved Ben from the outset, he was so fun to read and determined and also swoony. This boy can make a girl swoon like there is no tomorrow. After Ben intervenes he and Fallon spend the day together and you just know they are made for each other, but Fallon has a rule that she won't fall in love until she's 23 so they make a deal: every year they meet until they're 23 and Ben uses their meetings and relationship to write a book.
What follows is such an amazing read as we follow six November 9th's, it is so great seeing how Fallon and Ben grow and get so close despite just meeting once a year. November 9 also takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions from love to happiness to sadness.
The thing I most loved is seeing how Fallon grow in confidence from the outset, Ben does all he can to make her build her confidence setting her homework after the meeting and you can just see her grow more and more sure of herself and confident in her own skin. I really think Ben was just what Fallon needed, he helped her rediscover herself and get her confidence back. You see the difference just one meeting on and I connected to that on a personal level which makes me love Ben even more.
Every year things develop between the two and then the most tragic thing that can happen does and triggers a colossal downturn that I couldn't cope with which meant I had to keep reading to find out what happens. This is the thing with CoHo: she sucks you in and keeps you wanting more. I just couldn't stop once I got to this point and THE TWIST.
THE FREAKING TWIST!
CoHo is the queen of twists and I had a feeling one was coming but not what I was expecting at all and I should hate Ben but you can't hate him. You do hate him at first but when you get to read the manuscript for his book towards the latter parts of the book it all becomes clear and you love him again.
CoHo has completely won me back with this book and I loved every single moment of it. I also loved how there's a small link to one of the previous books CoHo has written, Maybe Someday. I just wish we got to see more of Fallon's mother, the small snippets we saw of her were great to read.