Confess by Colleen HooverConfess by Colleen Hoover
Published March 2015
Genres: Dramatic Romance, New Adult
four-stars
Format: eBook
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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…

Auburn Reed is back in Texas after five years and comes with a completely mapped out agenda. She’s got one goal in life for which she would sacrifice everything, and mistakes are not allowed. While she’s looking for a job to help her add to her measly beautician pay, the “Help Wanted” sign on some random gallery comes as a disguised blessing.

When Auburn shows up at Owen Gentry‘s doorstep, he can’t believe his eyes. He remembers Auburn clearly after all those years, even though she doesn’t seem to recognize him. But he isn’t ready to share his secret with her yet. And neither will Auburn share with him the reason why she’s back in Texas when she so clearly hates this place.

“My mother says there are people you meet and get to know, and then there are people you meet and already know.”

Soon, both their secrets start to weigh heavy on their shoulders, and the fact that they just don’t have the guts to confess slowly destroys what the two of them have, and ultimately Auburn drifts further and further away from her goal. Auburn knows she has to keep away from Owen in order to remain on the right track, however right it feels whenever she is around him.

What I loved about this book:

  • The unusual storyline and characters
  • The emotional overload
  • The twisted plot

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The story was less believable and realistic than in other Collen Hoover novels
  • The main characters were sweet and elaborate, but lacked in strength and perseverance.

Colleen Hoover is probably my favourite author. Every time a new book of hers come out, I can’t wait to immerse myself in her writing, because picking up a Colleen Hoover book is like picking up the key to an entire universe built entirely with words. Every story she writes moves me with an undeniable power.

“I love that she is embarrassed. In order to be embarrassed, a person has to care about the opinions of other first. That means she cares about my opinion, even if only a fraction.”

The first chapter was gut-wrenching already. I mean, Collen Hoover novels generally are ugly causes of crying, but never that early on. After that he storyline was pretty unpredictable, and as per tradition with Colleen Hoover, a perfectly executed alternating 1st person POV will give you more and more insight into Auburn and Owen’s minds, and explain what shaped them to be the way they are now. Be prepared for quite a few unexpected twists.

“I’m scared I’ll never stop comparing my life without him to how my life was when I was with him.”

Owen was definitely a peculiar character. He was definitely different from all the other characters we know from Colleen Hoover’s books as he is a dreamer, an idealist, a modern poet even, who is kind of lost and who has no real plan in life given that it played him over so many times. He is the perfect image of sadness, and he is the one that gives the whole book a melancholic aftertaste that I’ve never had in any other CoHo book. But I can’t blame him for it one second. He’s also very vulnerable, and extremely emotional – which translates into his work. His meeting Auburn again after all those years is something he takes as a sign, and this sign suddenly gives him a purpose that he is hell-bent set on fulfilling. That’s when his manly side come to life, although he never leaves the essence of his personality behind.

“She seems a lot like me. A loner, a thinker, an artist with her life. And it appears as though she’s afraid I’ll alter her canvas if she allows me too close. She doesn’t need to worry. The feeling is mutual.”

As I said, I’ve never really been confronted to a male character like that before, and while the jury is still out on whether I liked it or not, I definitely felt it gave the book a certain edge that I saw as quite refreshing.

Auburn was also a rather unexpected character. I liked that she was just as sweet and caring as Owen, but she was also a major pushover throughout the book. She is so dead set on achieving her goal, but it doesn’t look like she’s really fighting for it. It’s ridiculous to see all the things she sacrifices in the hopes that it will help her get closer to her goal, when she could have fought harder from the start. She actually lives a quite miserable existence and I refuse to believe that’s the only way she can manage. Her whole situation seems extremely awkward to me, and I have trouble connecting with her because of that.

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“I’m scared I’ll never feel this again with anyone else,” I whisper. He squeezes my hands. “I’m scared you will.”

I felt like the end also come a tad too easily, so I have to say I was slightly disappointed. The story moved entirely too fast towards the end, and I would have enjoyed a longer read, with a less hasty conclusion. Also, I really liked this story, but in the end, I don’t think it is as good as the other latest Colleen Hoover novels. It was a great read with the typical Colleen Hoover charm, but the characters were a bit too dreamy, and the storyline just bordered on unrealistic. I’m not in any way saying I didn’t enjoy it, but I very much prefer reading about characters and storylines I can relate to and connect with, which I found a bit hard to do with Confess.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
4 Stars
Characters
4 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
5 Stars
Overall: four-stars