Gisela’s review of Atheists Who Kneel and Pray

Same writing style, same complex characters, but a lot lighter than most of her other books. Because of this it is probably her most relatable book yet (personally, although I find something of myself in each of her books. Like the stalker I am, I always tweet out to her and ask her to stop reading my mind, but then I would deny myself being understood and I can’t have that).

I loved how she wove pieces of another one of my favorite books Fuck Love into the narrative and added even more meaning behind the quote “Live barefoot and fucking fight.” Every time I look back on that it just adds ire to the fire. I hope it becomes a rally cry for broken people everywhere.

Yara and David were beautifully broken people. And her character development with the two was not lacking. David was emotionally present and Yara emotionally distant – a “heartless romantic” (which is my new favorite description). Tarryn was able to convey how people jump through hurtles to get through their past hurt and hopefully make themselves better for it even after running for years. It gives me hope and I love it.

Side Note: I really really dislike Petra. I knew girls like her before and they are not my favorite in the world. Girls are supposed to support girls.

Gisela’s review of Atheists Who Kneel and Pray

a review of November 9

Probably one of the best Colleen Hoover books I have read. Yes, I know for the most part all her characters in her books end up together, you know you will get a happy ending, BUT there was a moment when I honestly nothing would recover.

Ben and Fallon (the two main characters) go on one HELL of an emotional roller coaster ride. They meet up once a year for five years. No phone numbers, no Facebook, no social media of any kind, NO INTERACTION except for November 9 every year. I have to give it to Fallon and Ben for sticking through with this deal. Most people can’t go 5 hours without cyber stalking a crush.

And in true Colleen fashion, there are secrets revealed and hearts broken. It was kind of funny that the characters make fun of Insta-Love in books, and yet their’s was an Insta-Love kind of love, and at some points I did find it sort of cheesy. Was the plot in the book believable? Hell no. Was it amazing? Hell yes! Something like that probably doesn’t really exist in todays world, but it gives hope that maybe it can happen, even to the people falling love who completely find it as ludicrous as the rest of the world does.

Side Note: Only downside; I listened to the audio book and I found myself upping the speed on the voice when the girl was narrating. It was tooooooo slooowwwwwwww. Ben was perfect.

a review of November 9