- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; Media Tie-In edition (March 28, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501176838
- ISBN-13: 978-1501176838
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,819 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Confess: A Novel Paperback – March 28, 2017
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About the Author
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.
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TYPE OF BOOK: Stand-alone
PLOT: Artist Owen Gentry creates art based on people’s anonymous confessions. However, he never expected to meet Auburn when she enters his art gallery looking for a job. The attraction is immediate,but can their budding relationship survive Auburn’s insecurities and her situation? Will the secret that Owen so desperately wishes to Confess keep them apart or bind them together?
Point of View (POV): Male-Female, alternating
HEAT FACTOR: Medium, most fade-to-black
-The amazing Art by artist Danny O’Conner .
-The easy dialogue and the witty humor that is signature of Colleen’s writing. That this book is about love and the sacrifices each one of us makes to keep that love and find it. The love between parents and their children; love between lovers past and present. And of course the love between friends. -
-Colleen’s token ability to add significance in the most ordinary things. Items like the saying OMG, sea shell soaps, blue pup tents, and holding my fist over my heart will forever remind me of this book.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE: Now that’s a double edged sword. The ending left me wanting more, and not because it was incomplete. I just didn’t want Auburn’s and Owen’s story to end just yet. There were also a few unanswered questions embedded in the plot. Although those answers would not be important to the story, they just keep you wondering. The HEA is there, however you are left to imagine it, just like the secrets left unsaid. But perhaps that was Colleen’s intent. To leave you wanting. Craving. Drawing your own conclusions. Although Confess is slated to be a stand-alone, Colleen has said in the past, Never say Never. One can only hope there will be another Novella like Finding Cinderella or Maybe Not. Maybe Someday we will find out, but for now, my heart is happy with Owen and Auburn.
“Please don’t allow anyone to make you feel less than what you are”
“I’ll love you forever, even when I cant”. “I’ll love you forever, even when I shouldn’t.
“There are people you meet that you get to know, and then there are people you meet that you already know”
“That could be fate, you know”
The confessions included in this book are real. Colleen had requested her readers to anonymously submit confessions to her when she was writing Confess. That, in itself, holds so much weight when reading this story. It was devastatingly heartbreaking to read some of the confessions. I hope those who had submitted them find strength in the words and characters in this story to change their situation and find their own redemption.
Confess revolves around the main character, Auburn Reed. Auburn has recently moved to Dallas, Texas from Portland, Oregon. Auburn hate’s being in Dallas the place doesn’t really appeal to her at all; she lives with a quirky roommate and works as a hair stylist at her roommate’s salon. While walking home from work one day and thinking about how she needs to find a second job, she walks past Confess, a local art studio.
Walking home from work one evening, she notices that there is a help wanted sign on the window and ends up working the art show that night, hosted by the artist and owner Owen Mason Gentry. They’re connected in the middle.
They are both immediately attracted to each other, but Auburn is very cautious about getting involved with anyone. Regardless of her best efforts, they become entangled in each other’s lives. They both have secrets from their past and present that threaten to keep them apart and destroy everything they desire.
This story alternates back and forth between Auburn and Owen's point of view. With Owen my heart hurt. It’s one thing to carry guilt around for yourself but when you’re also carrying your parent’s issues it’s even more heartbreaking. Owen endured more than his fair share. When I read the last chapter, I did like that the author finally answered all of my questions about the characters and tied the whole story together. However, it was too neat and tidy and felt a bit rushed in regards to answering for everything that has taken place. This was my first read from this author but it won’t be the last.
I wasn't disappointed. It was a good book. I thought it wrapped up a little too neatly in the end and that there didn't need to be that additional connection between Owen and Auburn that she'll never know about, but all in all, it was a book I kept wanting to read and thought about for days after. The characters feel very real as does their romance, and while I typically prefer books where the characters have less entanglements and major baggage, I was fine with the high amount of problems Auburn and Owen have.
One of the things I found most interesting was that typically, especially in NA books, when the story is being told in the hero's POV, it is usually over-the-top sexual. That didn't happen in this story. Obviously he was deeply attracted to her and noticed things about her, but it was more about his feelings for her than his hope to get her into bed. Which was very refreshing.
Another reviewer said the love scenes are fade-to-black, which is not true. They're not as explicit as most books in this genre, but they are there, just described differently than what you see in other stories. Not as vulgar or clinical - again, it was more about the feelings the characters had for each other.
The confessions are a nice touch to the story, and they're kind of heartbreaking. I also liked the artwork commissioned for the book (even though I'd personally never buy any of them). It was a nice surprise to turn a page and see Owen's painting.
Now I'm really looking forward to watching the Go90 show.
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