CAN A PERFECT LOVE SURVIVE A LIFETIME BETWEEN TWO IMPERFECT PEOPLE?
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us—whose writing is “emotionally wrenching and utterly original” (Sara Shepard, New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series)—delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.
Quinn and Graham have a perfect love story, but their unique connection is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart, day by heartbreaking day. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair. So do they risk it? Is their history worth saving?
All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple struggling with a relatable issue – infertility – whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. In Colleen Hoover’s inimitable style and brilliant narrative voice, this heartbreaking page-turner asks: Can a resounding love with a fairytale beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?
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I honestly, HONESTY didn’t think I would love this book for two reasons.
You see, I was doubting my love for Colleen’s writing. I wondered why she was even my all-time favorite author. For a moment I forgot about how freaking fantastic her books are and her amazing talent and I started questioning everything about my love towards her. “Do I just like her books because she is so dang popular and I want to go with the flow and like her because everyone else does? Do I really, truly, wholeheartedly LOVE her stories with every fiber of my being to call her my ALL-TIME favorite author? Should I even love her books this much? Because some people are really not into her stories and they are not afraid to say it and sometimes they kind of make me feel ashamed for liking her and I don’t know anything anymore.” Those were thoughts that ran through my head from the moment Colleen published Without Merit almost a year ago until just a few hours ago before I started All Your Perfects. But all of those stupid questions and doubts are all gone now that I finished reading this masterpiece of a book. Now I remember the reason I am proud to call her my all-time favorite author and that is simply because she has an extraordinary talent and her words make my heart feel complete. She’s always been great at writing heartwarming, heart wrenching and heartbreaking stories but she outdid herself with this one.
Which kind of brings me to the second reason I didn’t think I would love this book. I’m not a fan of stories about failing marriages. When I pick up a book I want to read all about how the couple meets and how they fall in love not how they fall out of love—which I thought would be this book in a nutshell. But with Quinn and Graham’s story you get both, you get the ugly, broken parts and the beautiful, happy parts. There are NOW chapters and THEN chapters. To be honest when I started reading I could picture myself telling you all about how I loved the THEN chapters more than I did the NOW chapters because it was hard for me to see things through Quinn’s eyes in the NOW since we are polar opposites but I actually loved them all equally. I loved reading about how they fell in love as well as how they fought for their marriage. I never thought I’d enjoy that but Quinn and Graham’s relationship is beautiful even when it is at its ugliest.
All Your Perfects is by far the most emotional book Colleen has ever written in my opinion. I am writing this words through the ugliest puffy and blurry eyes ever because I still cannot stop crying and I probably never will. Of all her stories and all her characters this is the story I can relate to the least and it is one of my favorites if not my favorite (can’t make up my mind, what’s new). It is SO beautifully written and thought out and full of love and emotion and tiny details so characteristic of Colleen’s books that will make you love and cherish every single word.
If I had a physical copy of this book you can bet your butt it would be full of post-its to mark my favorite parts. FULL, I’m telling you—but ya girl is broke so there’s that. There were so many times I had to stop and take deep breaths to stop my heart from jumping out of my body and flying over to Colleen’s house so it could give her a hug for the beautiful moments and punch her in the face for making it hurt. If that doesn’t sound like the most amazing experience to you then we cannot be friends and if we are already friends then excuse me, how are we even friends?!
Anyway, you get my point. This book is incredible, breathtaking, magnificent and more so you should stop whatever you’re doing and pick up this book now.
PS. I’m just kidding. I totally love all my friends even if this doesn’t sound like your kind of read. I love you!
Massive thanks to Atria Books for sending me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
5 / 5 flowers
COLLEEN HOOVER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Maybe Not, Ugly Love, Confess, November 9, It Ends with Us, and Without Merit. Colleen has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three times—for Confess in 2015, It Ends with Us in 2016, and Without Merit in 2017. Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.