Book Review of “Confess” by Colleen Hoover

22609310.jpgTo say that the book community loves Colleen Hoover would be an understatement. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about her and her books, so when I found her novel Confess at Books-A-Million on sale for $3, I picked it up without knowing what it was about. The cover was gorgeous, and it was Colleen Hoover. I knew I had to have it.

Since this was my first Colleen Hoover book, I wasn’t too sure what to expect going in. Sure, I knew that the book community practically worships her, but that didn’t mean that I myself would love her books. But I went in with an open mind and heart and began the first page of Confess.

And what a game changer it was and is. Colleen Hoover, you are now my new favorite author.

I started Confess at around noon on the last day of April, and finished it later that afternoon. I seriously could not put the book down. I was expecting to spend a couple of days on this book, but I needed to know what happened. Like the overused, cliché line in so many New Adult books (which was thankfully not in this one!), this book was a drug, and I was addicted.

This review might contain spoilers. If you have not read this novel, read the rest with caution.

The book follows Auburn Mason Reed, a twenty-one-year-old struggling to find her footing and make a home in Dallas, Texas. One night, on her way home from her job as a hair stylist, she sees a “Help Wanted” sign. Desperately needing the money, she, reluctantly, inquires about the job.

The job is with an artist, Owen Gentry, at his art studio that night. For two hours, he needs Auburn to ring up customers once they buy his art. However, the attraction between the two makes for an instant spark, and the two form a bond, even in the short span of one night.

Owen bases his art off confessions that people leave at his door, something that surprises Auburn as she views his art for the first time. Nevertheless, she finds this intriguing and believes it makes Owen’s art more marketable and unique. The two, in their own minds, both have confessions that they know they need to make, and the entire novel deals with their pasts and how the pasts have effected their present.

Things that surprised me in this novel:

  1. Owen knew Auburn before, but she didn’t know him.
  2. Auburn had a son with Adam, AJ, but she didn’t find out she was pregnant until he died. Lydia, Adam’s controlling mother, had custody of AJ because Auburn was 15 when she got pregnant.
  3. The instances of fate and just how insane the connections of fate in the novel was so creatively intertwined with the characters.
  4. Owen’s past of having his mother and brother killed while he was driving. They were hit by a drunk driver.
  5. The artwork in the book—it was captivating and beautiful.
  6. The lack of racy sex scenes in the book. It was actually refreshing to read a novel that was more focused on the relationship than the sex.
  7. How much I hated Adam’s family in the present—his mom Lydia and his brother Trey.
  8. How Trey weaved his way into Owen and Auburn’s business and created tons of plot twists just by breathing!
  9. The artwork in Auburn’s apartment and how Owen stated he was connected to it.
  10. The many, many confessions that were in the novel and how huge of a role they played.
  11. Owen’s arrest for possession of drugs when his defense attorney father was really the one using.
  12. Owen’s selflessness.
  13. The many, many parallels and how they related to each other and made for such interesting plot points and twists.
  14. The epilogue and how Owen watched Auburn with Adam and created a painting (his first painting ever) for Adam and Auburn. It’s the one that hangs in her apartment. Also, in this chapter, Adam told Owen that it might be fate for he (Owen) and Auburn to be together.

I don’t want to give so much away that it’ll completely ruin the novel for anyone. However, here are the things that I enjoyed.

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Owen’s artwork in the novel.

The two main characters, obviously. Owen and Auburn were both incredibly scarred and had issues that ran to their cores, but the way they dealt with them, separately and apart, was executed so well and developed so wonderfully. These characters were not one-dimensional, and I loved how the novel focused on their complexities rather than sex. Colleen Hoover really fleshed out their characters and their relationship instead of focusing on the racy parts that could’ve easily been a huge part of the novel, and I think that made Confess much more impactful and emotional.

The supporting characters were executed really well, too. Lydia, though I hated her, in a way, I understood where she was coming from. She was controlling, yes, but she did lose her sixteen-year-old son. By hanging on to AJ like she did and controlling when Auburn could see him and interact with him, she was grasping on to the only thing left of Adam. How she went about this was completely wrong and hurtful to Auburn and AJ, but in a way, I understood her actions.

Trey, though he was executed well and played a major part in the story…I hated him. I loathed him with everything in me! He was manipulative, controlling, jealous, dangerous cop who attempted to not only ruin Auburn’s life, but as well as Owen’s. He was willing for Owen’s entire life to be ruined so he could keep Auburn for himself, and his character was completely disgusting.

I loved how confessions played such a role in this novel—other people’s confessions and Owen and Auburn’s own confessions. Confessions played a role in Adam and Auburn’s relationship, Owen’s artwork, Owen’s past, Auburn’s past, and so much more. Without the confessions, this novel would, literally, be nothing. To me, it was unique how Colleen Hoover used people’s own confessions of the past to develop a relationship between Owen and Auburn. It really developed their histories well, and even helped develop the overall plot and setting.

My favorite part about this novel, and I’m sure it will be in many Colleen Hoover books to come, was the writing. Colleen Hoover can turn a phrase and make it punch you in the heart, make you laugh, or just genuinely make you smile by how beautiful it is. Every word has a purpose—there isn’t anything extra or too fancy. It’s real, true, raw writing that is meant for the heart, and I couldn’t get enough of it.

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If you haven’t read a Colleen Hoover book before, this is a good place to start. However, I may not be the best at giving Colleen Hoover advice, considering this is the only book I’ve read by her (so far!)

I hope this review didn’t spoil anything too much for you. It’s difficult to discuss this book without giving away too much, so here’s the main thing you need to take away from this review and discussion: go buy a Colleen Hoover book, any book, but especially this one, read it, and it’ll change your life.

5/5 amazing stars for Confess! I can’t wait to pick up my next Colleen Hoover book to read!

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12 thoughts on “Book Review of “Confess” by Colleen Hoover

  1. rantandraveaboutbooks says:

    You only paid $3 for a CoHo book. 😂You’re so lucky. I’ve read all of her books, all of which were full price. I couldn’t believe the twist in this book, and I loved the confessions. What a great idea for inspired artwork. I think I like that more than anything about the book. Since you’re new to CoHo, I would highly recommend Slammed, Hopeless, and Maybe Someday. I’d also recommend the companion novellas that go with them. The slam poetry in Slammed and its sequel is awesome. Hopeless is just adorable, and if you like music, you’ll like Maybe Someday. There’s an awesome plot twist in all of them that you’ll never see coming, and when it does, your so hooked you won’t be able to leave the couch.

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    1. happilyeverbookish says:

      I’m in the process of trying to get all of Colleen Hoover’s books! I was actually in Nashville at a huge used bookstore, then decided to hop over to Books-A-Million because why not? So I went to their bargain section first, and there was CoHo for $3! I just grabbed it and squealed. I really want to read Hopeless and Ugly Love. I’ve heard wonderful things about those books. Even after one book, I adore Colleen Hoover.

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      1. rantandraveaboutbooks says:

        I still haven’t been inside of a Books-A-Million. I just found out there’s one about 20 minutes from my house I need to check out. Ugly Love is the one book that might make you rethink CoHo. It’s a love it or hate it kind of book, and all of my blogger friends did not like the two MCs. I read it in one sitting, but I was annoyed with the characters. The ending though is really cute as long as you can get past the middle. Miles is such a jerk I wanted to slap him through the book, but I did feel for him when his secret was revealed. My stomach literally hurt reading about his past. A lot of people criticize how his past scenes are written. I didn’t mind them, just wished I found out the truth a little sooner. And Tate I just wanted to shake some sense into her. I wrote a mini review on Goodreads, but I never posted it on my blog. Tate wasn’t a strong female lead at all. I 100% recommend Hopeless. Loved that book.

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      2. happilyeverbookish says:

        Ahhh. I’ve heard mediocre things about Slammed, too. But I’ll still read them since it’s CoHo. Definitely check out Books-A-Million. I like it better than Barnes and Noble. They have a much bigger selection!

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      3. rantandraveaboutbooks says:

        Slammed is good. It’s the second and third books that are not as good. And the third book is pretty much a rehash of the first and second one. I was bummed when I figured that out. I definitely need to get over there. I could use a good deal. I’m always paying full price on Kindle unless there’s a sale.

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      4. happilyeverbookish says:

        I have a BAM about 45 minutes away from me, so whenever I go over that way, I always stop in and just browse! It’s great. And they have a coffee shop inside, like B&N, but it’s not Starbucks… I can’t think of the name. BAMs are always much bigger than B&N too. I just enjoy it much more! They have so many books that I can get lost in them.

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      5. rantandraveaboutbooks says:

        I had no idea they were bigger. And here I was thinking they were a small version of B&N. Now I need to make that trip over there. And any place that has coffee is always A+ in my book. 😉

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      6. happilyeverbookish says:

        Yes, coffee for the win! I’m pretty sure the books at BAM are cheaper, too. Especially if they are on sale. The sale books can be as low as $2.97. I think there are just less BAMs than B&Ns, but anywhere that sells coffee and books is great for me! 🙂

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