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…
Author: Colleen Hoover
Part of a Series: No.
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
No. of Pages: 320 pages
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Drama, Adult, Chick Lit, Young Adult, Love
The Cover: The cover features a white, plain background, with a colorful display of the title, and an artsy display of a face splotched with paint right above the title. Personally, I’m deep in love with the color patterns of this cover, and for that, I’m giving a high rating. (5 out of 5 stars)
The Story: The story is about the life of Auburn Reed, a girl with an incredibly hurtful past, and Owen Gentry, a guy who’s past with Auburn is a secret he’ll never share. The story started with a prologue in Auburn’s perspective. Said prologue gives us a glimpse of what Auburn went through in the past, molding her into the strong woman she already is in present time. Her past with Adam, a man she fell in love with when she was 15 years old, might have been a quick one, (in the reader’s eyes, at least), but it felt just as real as any other love story. It is important how important this prologue was for me. This was the first part of the book, but right after finishing the prologue, I was absolutely hooked! And the next few chapters, where Auburn met Owen, was no exception. Below are some intensely good scenes and points in the book:
- I loved the idea of Colleen’s readers sending in anonymous confessions, and her using these confessions and incorporating it into her book. I thought it’s a great way to have your fans and readers be a part of your work, and Colleen, you will always have a piece of my heart for being so wonderfully creative as to have your readers be a part of Confess. I just love this idea.
- Instantly, right after meeting each other, Auburn and Mason became one of my one true pairs (OTP). I knew right then at that moment that they WILL have a happy ending. I knew right then that they were entitled to the same amount of happiness that was once Auburn felt with Adam. Based on the synopsis found on the back of the book, I knew that they will face great obstacles. They will suffer great pain. But then again, what’s the most powerful thing in the world? Love. Yep.
- I basically fell in love at first sight (I don’t know if this is even possible considering that I’m just reading) with Owen’s art studio. What he does is gather confessions from the locals, selects a few, and create paintings based on the said confession. I think it’s totally a great idea.
- I was surprised to get to know Auburn’s son, AJ. I mean, it was a total shock when Auburn and Owen was spending time inside a tent in Auburn’s apartment one night when Adam’s bitch of a mother dropped AJ off causing a whole lot of stress and whatnot. Aj is an absolute doll. He loves his mother, and he doesn’t lose sight of that even though he doesn’t get to live with her due to some child custody rights that have been implied. But I still love the kid just the same.
- Owen’s relationship with his dad, Callahan Gentry, was, at first, extremely superficial. Owen was there to cover up for his dad and his addiction. I was mad about it at first, but afterwards and as the story progressed, his Dad finally changed his ways, experienced a divine intervention, and he finally manned up and became the father he should’ve always been. I liked that.
I don’t know if you’ve already realized that this novel by Colleen Hoover is certainly one of my favorites right now. The story was fast-paced but it isn’t light. it’s not for the faint of heart, but it is definitely recommended for those who loves a little emotion while reading. Seriously, the prologue instantly brought me to tears, and I can’t even express myself after that. I was utterly in tears. No other words for it. (5 out of 5 stars)
The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* Well, the threat that was brought about by Adam’s brother, Trey and his mother, was soon disregarded considering the combined efforts of Auburn and Callahan that could bring Trey and his career as a police officer down. There was nothing they can do to keep a hold on AJ for much longer, which might result to Trey losing both his job and reputation, so they let it go. In the end, Auburn got his son, he got that guy, and they got the happily ever after. BUT WAIT!!! Let me discuss how utterly heartwarming (and heartbreaking, at the same time) it was to read the five years earlier chapter from Owen’s perspective. This is also the part where Colleen sheds some light as to how Owen was, first of all, connected to Auburn. It literally built up my heart knowing how moved and touched Owen was with Auburn and Adam’s love story. He was their number 1 fan, and that’s what brought him to open his art studio and make a living out of being an artist. With the help of this five years earlier chapter, I am able to say that it really was a happy ending after all. (5 out of 5 stars)
The Verdict: This masterpiece quickly became my favorite book right after my reading of the prologue. I knew then that this book was going to be filled with feels and, I was not disappointed. Colleen just keeps on giving us quality works. I am excited to read MORE of her books. (10 out of 5 stars)
(is this even possible?)
“I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.” – Adam
“How can a fifteen-year-old girl defend her love when that love is dismissed by everyone? It’s impossible to defend yourself against inexperience and age.” – Auburn
“It’s amazing how much distance one truth can create between two people.”
“I’m afraid if I listen to my heart once, I’ll never figure out how to ignore it again.” – Owen
“Selflessness. It should be the basis of every relationship. If a person truly cares about you, they’ll get more pleasure from the way they make you feel, rather than the way you make them feel.” – Auburn
“I think love is a hard word to define. You can love a lot of things about a person but still not love the whole person.” – Owen
“Sometimes we don’t get second chances, Owen. Sometimes things just end.” – Auburn