Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

Confess by Colleen Hoover
Published on March 10, 2015
Genre: Fiction, New Adult, Romance
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I read this as an ebook on my Kindle Paperwhite.

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…

There has been no buzz about a movie adaptation being made.

“‘I’ll love you forever.  Even when I can’t.'”
My tears fall harder at his words. “And I’ll love you forever.  Even when I shouldn’t.'” Location 100, ebook

Colleen Hoover is one of those “indie” Young/New Adult writers that has been gathering a steady following (they’ve been dubbed the nickname CoHorts–clever, right?) since her debut novel, Slammed, published in 2012.

Out of the 8 full-length novels she released, I’ve read 6.  I even mark my calendar with the release dates of her future works.  So it’s safe to assume that I like her books.  More than like even.  This is where I’ll admit, I am one of the CoHorts.

So of course I was going to read her newest book, Confess.  I was excited–I paid $7.99 for it on Amazon (which is a lot for me because I don’t usually pay more than $4.99 for an ebook).  I’ll be upfront about it; I was a bit disappointed by this one.  But it may also be because it didn’t live up to the hype I created for it in my head.

Before I get into everything I didn’t like about this book, let me start by saying Confess had glimpses of that Colleen Hoover magic.  Particularly that Prologue.  I’m not even going to pretend I didn’t tear up a bit.  And then that last chapter.  I can’t say much about it because this book has a few reveals that is worth the wait but gahhh, that last reveal saved the book for me.  It just pieced everything together and made the story go full circle.  That’s why I’m a sucker for Taylor Swift songs–she has a knack for that full-circle type of storylines.

I also loved the idea of an artist who created works of art based on confessions left by strangers outside his studio.  (One of the main character’s art studio is named Confess, thus the name of the book.)  Colleen Hoover does that a lot in her books–highlights a specific type of art within her own work of art.  And as a person who likes to think she’s more artsy than logical, I totally dig it.

What I didn’t love?  The female protagonist, Auburn, which is the first time I can say that about a Colleen Hoover book.  Adam I LOVED.  Owen was OK.  Auburn was…meh.  This is the basis of why I didn’t like Confess.  Auburn was mostly naive, and not in the cute way.  It was in the “woman, you gotta be shittin me” in my best Emma-Stone-in-Easy-A-voice.  And because Auburn was the main character, my dislike of her spiraled–from the way she handled situations to her relationships, I wanted to shake her and knock some sense into her darn head.

Stemming from that, her relationship with Owen felt forced.  Like you didn’t FEEL it.  You were told of their connection both in Owen and Auburn’s perspective but it’s like repeating the same word over and over again.  It loses its meaning each time.

I’m disappointed I didn’t like this book enough because I love mostly ALL of Colleen Hoover’s books.  But maybe that’s why I didn’t like it as much.  I kept expecting to get all the feels that Ugly Love evoked, or the freshness of Slammed, or the heartaches of Hopeless. But alas, Confess came up short compared to all her greats.

And that’s okay.  I’m still going to be that girl that has her calendar marked for her next release (November 9, which will be released on November 10, 2015).  I can pretty much guarantee this blog will see more Colleen Hoover reviews.

If you’re like me and you’re reading this book with a Kindle Paperwhite, go into the Kindle app on your computer and look at the paintings through there.  The paintings are even more gorgeous in color.

Also, the artist is Danny O’Connor based in Liverpool, UK.  You can view his work on his Facebook page.

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