Author: Colleen Hoover
“Auburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it—but can she do it?”
I’m just going to get this out of the way, but I really liked this book. If that’s all you’re looking for in a review, then you can be on your way, rest assured that I actually enjoyed it.
In three words: Suspenseful. Creative. Real.
A few good thoughts:
I loved the build up of this book. The emotional buildup as well as the rising action of the plot were perfectly synchronized. I especially loved the paintings that my copy of the novel had. Each painting is matched up to a confession, and I found that a particularly creative and thoughtful idea. It’s amazing what people confess when they know their confessions will be anonymous.
The picture above shows the two paintings that I’m particularly in love with, but you can checkout my Instagram if you’d like to see more snapshots!
Anyway, the characters are awesome, multi-dimensional people. I could totally relate to Auburn and Owen, even if I couldn’t relate to their situations. I could feel them in my bones, in my heart, in every breath I took as I read this book. Another really good thing about Confess was that the little twists and turns that Colleen Hoover took us on. It kept the book interesting, and it raised the stakes a little higher each time.
However, a 4/5 rating is not the best rating, and I have my reasons for saying so.
The build-up, as I’ve already said, was fantastic. If you don’t count the fact that the entirety of the book happens within a few short weeks, then I think the plot flowed smoothly and nothing was so out-of-the-blue that it took away from the novel as a whole. The flashbacks were also cohesive with the story, and I never thought that the book spent too much time trying to explain what had happened to Auburn or Owen in the past. It was just…perfect.
Still, although the build-up was great, everything in the last 70 pages or so was really abrupt. Everything started moving too fast, and it felt like the ending was rushed. I didn’t like having to read at supersonic speed in order to keep up with the suddenly quick pace the book was taking. It was almost like Colleen Hoover wrote the book in two parts. The first where it’s nice and slow and beautiful and heartwrenching, and the second where an ending was needed so an ending was swiftly written without a second thought.
Also, the relationship between Auburn and Owen, although powerful and beautiful in its own way, it was a little fast. It made it unrealistic. They’re not put in a particularly challenging situation where falling in love within a couple of days is possible, nothing that extreme, anyway. So it was okay because Colleen is a master at romance, but I didn’t like it at all. I don’t believe that there was enough time and understanding in that relationship for them to fall in love that quickly.
I wish I got to see more at the end of the book. I didn’t get enough closure. It was like being on a rollercoaster, but the end point is right at the bottom of the hill. Too soon. Too abrupt. No explanation or ideas as to what the real aftermath was.
If you’ve stuck with me thus far, I thank you with all the love and joy in the world.
Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments, I love to hear different opinions!