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.
Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s 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 risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets 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.
The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…
"It's amazing how much distance one truth can create between two people"I can personally relate to that..They said that The truth will set you free, it actually does, but you'll have to put everything at risk..
Anyway, reading this book makes me want to grab a pen and paper and start writing some of my own confessions.. Well maybe I should start now, but let us start with something related to this review..
My Confession why I loved this book:
Contemporary books were never my cup of tea. I am more of a fantasy, dystopian/utopian, sci-fi and paranormal with a kick ass heroine, kind of girl.
I read book to escape the harsh reality of life, and contemporary books often, if not always reminds me of the (sometimes sugar coated version) of the very thing I wanted to escape to.
Although I avoided contemporary books most of the time, I still get out of my comfort zone and read those books sometimes, mostly because of the authors, because of the hype of the book. I decided to read Confession because of the latter. I wasn't lure in because of its cover or even because of the blurb, I honestly haven't read the summary of this book until the day I decided to finally start reading it, and it didn't matter because I have fallen inlove with this book.
Confession is a very fast and nice read, atleast for me. I did have a couple of issues with Owen, but the writing and the story was so believable that it was able to make up for it. Hoover's writing is phenomenal that At some point I feel like I can feel exactly the pain, happiness and confusion of the character everytime I read it in their POV.
On the other hand, there were indeed a lot of eye rolling moment in the book that made me deduct a star into it. Like..
He presses his palm against my heart."And no one else deserves to be inside you if they can't get there through here first."I mean, sorry, but what Am I supposed to feel? Honestly if a guy ever told me that, he'll just ruin the moment , so can you not?
The secrets and twist was unraveled throughout the book slowly, and not bottled up until the very last chapters that magically make things right for everyone, I hated it.
I found the book, overly cheesy and romantic at the same time, which worked out just fine for me. I love how even when they thought the worse of each other, they still fell inlove unconditionally. A lot of people are put off by instaloves, I too, but for some reason, I find Owen and Auburn's story believable and sweet. I still believe in Destiny, (must be because of too many Korean novels I watched), and this book just made me believe into it more.
The characters. I admired Auburn. She's a passionate, caring loyal and brave. There is another description I wanted to call her but it will give major spoiler so I would rather not mention it. I shed a lot of tears with her.
I have issues with Owen. Yes, I think he's talented, handsome and sweet and smokin hot, but I think he's being to dramatic at times. Well the man is broken and sad, so I can really understand him if you just put yourself in his shoes.
The art. Can we just take a moment and appreciate the artworks that was included in the book? The art presentations and the Confessions are indeed incredible, unique and Awesome. I am never an artistic kind of person, I don't even know how to blend colors that will look good, but I know how to appreciate Ideas and Artwork of other people, and the idea of reading confessions from anonymous people fascinates me. Bonus point there.
I read a lot of review that didn't like this book, and do you know what I notice the similarities in their review? Yep, They are all a fan of Hoover. This is the 2nd book of hoover that I've ever read, the first was Never Never, and I read it because it is mostly a paranormal. Maybe the reason why I liked this book and i was not disappointed because i don't have a lot of hoover's work and contemporary books to compare it to and although I read it because of the hype, I don't really have much of an high expectation, I didn't even know what I was expecting before reading this book, I just wanted to find out what the excitement was about and I fortunately enjoyed reading the book. Will probably re read it to reminisce the feels and tears I shed for this book.
Definitely highly recommended.
PS. I think, I'll be looking out to Hoover's oncoming works.. :)
Before Reading the book:
Now that the hype has calmed down.. I think it's time for me to finally start reading this book..
One of the few contemporary books I decided to read.. Please be good..