YASSSSSSSSSS!!!! She is back! The Colleen Hoover we have have all grown to love is back. I was a tad bit nervous about All Your Perfects after her last book Without Merit. That book was…. ummmmmmm…… different to say the least.
Welcome back Colleen. I’ve missed you. MWAH!
I’m going to keep it kind of pretty for this one as it addresses some tough issues.
Let’s hear what the author has to say first. . .
Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.
Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.
All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?
Husband: What are you doing?
Husband: How much longer?
Husband: How much longer?
Husband: Are you ignoring me?
Husband: I’ll come back in a few hours.
Me: Okay, sounds good.
***This was my relationship until I finished All Your Perfects as I couldn’t put it down if I tried.***
This book was written for me. I’m convinced of it. My marriage is going through some shit right now. It’s better than it was a few months ago but it’s still work. The word “divorce” has even been thrown around. So, I felt this book to my core.
If you want to know how hard marriage can be, read this book.
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover alternates between the “THEN” and “NOW”. I normally am not a fan of going back and forth so many times in a book but it worked beautifully in Quinn and Graham’s story.
You see, Quinn and Graham met when they caught their spouses cheating on them with each other and from there 1+1=2 and now they’re married – I’m not giving anything away, it’s stated on the back of the book.
“The worst thing we could do right now is show emotion, Quinn. Don’t get angry. Don’t cry.” – Graham
Their ex’s cheating wasn’t their test. No their test comes many years later and arrives in a world of pain, miscommunication, and lack of communication as well.
Our marriage didn’t collapse. It didn’t fall suddenly fall apart.
It’s been a much slower process.
It’s been dwindling if you will. – Quinn
Quinn and Graham started out with a solid foundation, one that seemed like it would never crack. Their relationship was GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) and I was in love with their love. I wanted their love. I was envious of their love. But just like everything else in life, love stopped being enough.
…it’s hard to admit a marriage may be over when the love is still there. – Quinn
Quinn is struggling with some real life issues that many women are facing today. This leads to an inner struggle that complicates everything in their life. When the complications grow beyond their control, the foundation they built their marriage on slowly and painfully starts to crumble.
As Quinn starts to become a shell of herself, a woman she nor Graham recognizes, they don’t know how to find the path back to each other.
“I miss you, Quinn. So much. You’re right here, but you aren’t. I don’t know where you went or when you left, but I have no idea how to bring you back. I am so alone. We live together. We eat together. We sleep together. But I have never felt more alone in my entire life.” – Graham
Because the story is told alternating from “THEN” and “NOW” we know who they are are as individuals before and after they are married and are graced with the full image of their painful destruction. At times it was so hard to read and I just wanted to to skip to the end to find out how what happens but I couldn’t do it. Their pain bleed from the pages right into my mind. It was the most beautiful destruction I’d read in quite some time.
Look, I get it. I fucking get it. When my husband and I first started talking about divorce it wasn’t because we didn’t love each other. We were at the point where we loved each other enough to want the other to be happy, even if it wasn’t together. Once you throw the word divorce out there you can’t take it back. It’s always there – lurking – waiting for someone to bring it up again.
That’s why this book hit me as hard as it did.
I don’t want to give too much away. Some books are made for you to read and move on, while others are made to feel and grow within the reader. This book is the latter.
I hope you will pick up this novel and give it a try. If you don’t want to purchase it try your local library – that’s what I did. I received the e-book from the library and loved it so I purchased the paperback from Amazon. I didn’t want to buy it at first because I didn’t like CoHo’s last book and didn’t want to waste my money again.
Now to the important questions. . . .
Do I recommend this book? I really, really do. It has all the feels.
Will I read another book by Colleen Hoover? If CoHo writes it, I’m reading it.
I told you I wasn’t going to get to messy and keep it pretty.
TTYL, lovers. . .
Remember to follow all things messy. . .
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