Confess by Colleen Hoover (3 Stars + 1 Star because the last chapter broke me)
|Goodreads | TBD|
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…
MY OPINIONSo I guess you guys are wondering why the heck my rating is like this? Well, we will get to that part soon. But first let’s talk about my reading experience with this guy (I say guy because… well… just because)
Pre-Reading Confess, I was in a state where I was uber excited to read the book. Everybody in the CoHort group was reacting about it. It was intense, it was emotional. Everybody said that they would break from reading this book. So of course, as someone who is a devoted CoHort, I immediately wanted to read this book. AND I MEAN IMMEDIATELY. I even attended an event that is celebrating Confess’ release.
While reading Confess, I was immediately taken with the story. Every chapter, I am immediately bombarded with questions. Who was Owen? What is this secret that Owen has? Am I really digging this book? My answer then. I think I’m not. Yes, I have confirmed that even though Colleen Hoover is my queen, even tho I am a certified CoHort. I am questioning myself whether I am liking this enough for me to rate it 4-5 stars.
I like some parts of it, I like that bartender guy even if I don’t remember his name and even though he isn’t really a big part of the book. I love how good and true these characters are. You can’t help but like them because they just want for their loved ones to be okay. Auburn is a great person, who is ready to sacrifice everything for the one she loves. Then there’s Owen who would also risk something to protect his loved ones. The secondary characters were all very likeable except for two persons that I can’t tell yet because it would be a spoiler. But of course, I have some concerns.
The first problem I encountered on this one, which I also read from other reviews, is the the insta-love. I have no actual problem of it if its actually… you know… swoon worthy. But the way Owen is fascinated with Auburn was a bit too sudden. Its as if she is a piece of abstact art, and Owen is transfixed on understanding her. Doesn’t really feel like attraction for me. More like fascination. Another thing that bothered me is the way that the pacing was made. It felt too fast, they were very intimate (not sexually) already in just a short amount of time. It felt like everything was happening all too fast and I wanted to say HOLD UP! But most importantly, I didn’t feel connected to the characters. They both have these problems that make me want to hug them or support them. But unlike CoHo’s first books, I didn’t feel a connection with them. You would think that since Owen is an artist, I would be able to connect with him with a certain level. And I did, when it comes to art, I get how he gets his inspiration, I understand how he could get so invested in an artwork that he is making. I could connect with on a certain level as an artist, but not as a character. Overall, I feel sad for the characters, I like them, that’s for sure. But there’s something missing.
But then there’s the last chapter. That last effing chapter that broke my heart I swear I can’t handle it. It took me about 5 minutes to compose myself because I am embarrassed haha, but yes, even if I had my doubts about this book, it delivered a very big and hurtful blow on the last chapter. I swear I was crying for the whole last chapter. It was too intense, too emotional, too i-cannot-handle-it-please-help-me-because-colleenhoover-did-it-again. This chapter alone made me add 1 star because, I never experienced just one chapter that made me cry. It hurts too much.
So yeah, that is my overall experience of reading Confess for me. Tho I think that I didn’t connect with this book as much as Slammed or Point of Retreat, it is still one great work from the Queen Colleen :)
* * *ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Her candid description:
I'm addicted to and seriously floored by the talent of The Avett Brothers band, which is obvious in both of my books. They are 99% of my playlist. The other 1% being Eminem and Jason Mraz. I love lindor truffles (the white ones with the chips inside) and have an unhealthy addiction to diet pepsi. A serious addiction
CONNECT WITH HER:
Website | Facebook | Twitter