“‘One of the things I always try to remind myself is that everyone has scars,’ she says. ‘A lot of them even worse than mine. The only difference is that mine are visible and most people’s aren’t.'”
A young television star disappears from the public spotlight after she is injured in a house fire at her father’s house. Her face isn’t the same, along with half of her body. The physical scars are only one part of her injuries, though. She carries the emotional scars of her father forgetting she was staying at his house that night since she usually stayed with her mom (they are divorced). Her father also doesn’t want to support her trying to make it back in the world of acting. Then, a stranger shows up and her life changes dramatically.
I read November 9 as part of a moms book club group. Colleen Hoover is one of the book club organizer’s favorite authors. I was able to check out the book from the library within a few weeks.
Ben pretends to be Fallon’s boyfriend when she is meeting with her father to tell him she is heading to New York City to try acting on the stage. Ben and Fallon spend the day together and there is a spark, but Fallon has decided not to fall in love until she’s 25 (she’s 18 at the start). They agree to meet on the same day next year and every year after that, with no contact in between, until Fallon is 25. Their relationship has highs and lows, suffers tragedies and misunderstanding, and bears the weight of unknown secrets.
This book was an easy read and it was an interesting plot line. It may have dragged on a little long at the end to create the set number of annual meetings, but it’s ultimately a love story. I would recommend this to any adult who wants to read a love story with an interesting plot twist or as a book club book.