I always go into Colleen Hoover’s books without reading the blurb, because for me her books are never about the story or the plot, they’ve always been about her characters, her dialogues and the emotion her words can evoke. CoHo’s books have essentially always been simple boy meet girl stories wrapped tightly with some heartbreaking drama and an ending that always re-instates my belief in love and happy ever afters. But with her books It Ends With Us and All Your Perfects, Colleen has been trying to deal with more important issues like domestic abuse, infidelity and so on.
All Your Perfects is not a story about high school children falling in love so if you go into this book thinking it’ll be similar to Colleen’s previous books, you’ll be disappointed. It’s extremely different, it deals with married people, facing more mature problems, issues that many couples go through, some manage to deal with it and stick around, some don’t. Colleen paints a realistic picture of a marriage that started with so much love but is falling apart now; she does that by providing us with an alternate chapter in the lives of Quinn and Graham eighth years ago. I loved that idea because it’s done so beautifully. You get to see them in their youth, when they met, slowly fell in love, all those promises they made and the words they said and we also simultaneously get to see them eighth years later when those promises and words are long forgotten and all that they can see is a marriage that’s failing.
While I have always loved Colleen’s writing and her ability to spin a 300 page novel with a very simple plot line, this book did seem a little bit dragged. Just a little, okay? It does not mean this book failed to bring out the emotions, it did, it was heartbreaking, with beautifully written dialogues and an ending that just makes you wanna hug this book real tight. God, I love Colleen for the way she builds her characters, both of the protagonists are so flawed, their decisions don’t always make sense and because of that they become so much more human.
Don’t go with this book if it’s your first time with Colleen, but if you’ve read her previous books and loved it, you must pick this up right away.
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