Friday, March 13, 2015

Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.
~My Review~

I know I say this after every good book that I read, but I really mean it this time... Confess may just be the best book I've read. Ever. Seriously.

I've read two other books by Colleen Hoover (Maybe Someday and Ugly Love), and while I liked both of them tremendously, I may have liked this one best of all. When I heard that she was releasing a new book, I was excited...but at the same time I didn't go running out to get the book on Tuesday, either. My friend read it before me, and raved about it so I knew I needed to get with the program and read it. And I was not disappointed.

Auburn and Owen are such great characters. Auburn is twenty years old and has recently moved to Dallas, Texas from Portland, Oregon. She's experienced so much in her short life, and while things haven't turned out as planned, she's desperate to turn things around, desperate to keep what she has and what's been taken away from her. In her quest for more money, she stops at a shop that has a "Help Wanted" sign. The shop's windows are covered in confessions - Confessions written by anonymous people, about anything and everything. She automatically feels a connection with what's posted all over the windows, and this connection (as well as the incredibly handsome owner of what turns out to be an Art Studio) leads her to help out. Anything for a little extra money. And thus begins Auburn and Owen. But what Auburn doesn't know is that Owen knows who Auburn is. He remembers her from years previous, thinking that he wouldn't ever see her again. As Auburn and Owen start to fall for each other, they keep their secrets hidden from each other, creating an interesting dynamic.

The story is so well played out. It is completely unpredictable. Whereas so many of the books I've read are somewhat predictable and give out vibes of what's going to happen next, Confess is completely different but while things were unpredictable, they weren't unbelievable. I could totally imagine Auburn's and Owen's scenarios being real life.

Auburn and Owen are the story. They are so well developed that they make the story what it is - which is nothing short of amazing. I laughed and I cried. I was mad and I had such huge hope for these two people who seemed to be fated to be together even though things kept working against them. One of the things that I loved about the previous Colleen Hoover books that I've read is how much I can connect to the characters and how they represent real life so well. I felt a connection to both Auburn and Owen throughout the entire book.

I also loved that while the book was romantic, while you could see both Auburn and Owen falling for each other, it wasn't steamy. Romantic, yes. Steamy, no. While there was a lack of steaminess in Confess, there was still an incredible intimacy.

There is so much I wish I could talk about in this book, but I would only be giving it away. I absolutely loved everything about this book and while I may be a little late to jump into the Colleen Hoover bandwagon, I'll definitely be reading the books that have previously been published.

I have to say: The premise of writing confessions on little pieces of paper amazed me. "Tell me something about yourself that no one else knows." To then take these confessions, turn it into an idea in your mind, and then paint that idea out, amazes me. I absolutely loved the idea of it, and it added so much to the story. Seeing the pictures within the print that went along with a few of the confessions made the book that much bigger, and I loved it.

The ideas of fate, love, lies, sacrifice, second chances, and how things come full circle truly make Confess a 5 star read.

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