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ConfessConfess by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books on March 10th 2015
Genres: Chick Lit, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 306
Format: E-Book
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three-half-stars

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…

A quick and easy read. You can never go wrong with Colleen Hoover…except for this one book – I don’t love this book. Dammit! I have read almost all of Colleen Hoover’s books and have sincerely loved every one of them. This one was just not up to her usual standard.

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There is so much hype circling this book. I am seeing it pop on Goodreads every other day. So many people are sharing pictures of it on Instagram, saying how much they love it. Stop reading here if you haven’t read the book. This post is riddled with spoilers because I need to just air out my thoughts and opinions.

The formula was pretty stock standard. 2 people, with somewhat of a difficult background that they are keeping from one another, throw in some plot twists, some characters that aggravate you as the reader and top it off with an ending we are all happy with.

That ending…did he ever share Adam’s confession with her? I don’t even know what happened here. This book was all over the place. I think the book felt slow in getting to the truth, but rushed in the development of themselves as characters and in their relationship. What makes it worse is I didn’t even really like the characters. Owen seemed okay at first but got way to intense to soon and Auburn was just whiny and like a lost puppy doing whatever people told her.


Loves:

  • Confession Art – I thought it was originally going to be some pop culture reference to PostSecret, but I was pleasantly surprised by the spin. What an amazing idea, if someone in the world is doing this then I want to check it out
  • Love how she said about buying the paintings anonymously, because if you are buying it then you are most likely identifying with the confession. This was spot on, I thought I would buy a painting that spoke to me, but I probably would feel a bit judged depending on what the confession was
  • I loved the art – it was absolutely gorgeous
    • I wish there was more of it, but I understand that any more and it probably would have been less effective and felt overused
  • I love Emory’s bluntness and complete lack of social norms
    • I don’t even know if it was a lack or if she just didn’t care – I kinda hope she just didn’t care
  • Harrison
    • I wish there was more of him, he seemed like a character I could have really liked and rooted for – even though he was peddling pills
  • Owen
    • He was so quirky and odd (in a good way)
    • He was wasted on Auburn! – I think he would have been less needy and annoying without her – he needs a strong independent woman 

 

Dislikes:

  • The name Auburn
    • It just didn’t suit the character for me
  • I got a bit annoyed by Auburn and Owen keeping secrets from one another and all the drama that followed. Just get over it and talk to each other! 
  • Lydia, oh there is a special place for people like you in the world. I already didn’t like her for what she said at the hospital, but keeping someones son from them. Selfish cow of a woman
  • Trey is a slimy weasel
    • I could swear up a storm about how pathetic his jealousy was
    • Does he have no respect for his deceased brother?
    • The way he treated Auburn was actually a struggle to read – the physical attack followed the mental and emotional abuse that followed
    • I can’t believe he slut shammed her! Especially because she got pregnant by her boyfriend…who died! 
    • I hate dirty cops!
    • What I hate most is that there are people like this in the world that get away with the same behaviours – I was very angry reading his parts
  • Auburn dating Trey to get closer to her son
    • Some people would see this as strong and powerful, a woman doing anything to see her son – which I am sure is what the author was going for
    • I saw it as weak and showed she had such a low self esteem – she didn’t deem herself worthy of better, she didn’t fight for better – even though she was able to redeem herself in the end, it felt a little to late. By then I was already over her as a character

 

“I love you so much.” His voice is breathless and full of fear. “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.”

 


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Photo Credit: Auburn // Owen

three-half-stars
Rating Report
Plot
three-half-stars
Characters
three-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
three-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: three-half-stars