Tuesday, July 17, 2018

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

* * * * 1/2

Colleen Hoover 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’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

Source: advance e-galley provided in exchange for an honest review

If you've read any of Hoover's previous books then you're no stranger to her emotionally-charged stories. All Your Perfects is no exception as we watch a couple at the blissful start of their relationship and at their worst when their marriage is failing. Welcome to Hoover's World, folks! She'll reel you in and then rip your heart out, shred it and even run over it for good measure. I LOVE HER!

Quinn and Graham meet on the worst day of their lives - finding out their significant others are cheating on them with each other. They walk away from that disastrous day but run into each other again a few months down the road. They begin this bizarre courtship that works for them and honestly, it's freaking cute. Those are the happy parts. Hoover alternates their before and after stories, and it's dysfunction and devastation in the after. Disconnected, unaffectionate and distant - this part was not pleasant to read and frankly made me frightened for where things were headed. 

All marriages have their ups and downs and sometimes it's hard to love in our worst possible moments. The story is told entirely from Quinn's point of view which for me was a challenge because you're stuck in her head where she's a depressed, closed off from her husband. I desperately wanted to feel things from Graham's point of view as well but much like Quinn, I was isolated from him. The big question in All Your Perfects is can you love someone when they're different from the person you fell in love with in the first place? A lot of their marital troubles stem from Quinn's insecurities and she is exceptionally hard on herself. There are possible triggers and to avoid giving away the plot I've added them to the labels of this post. I will say that this story did feel more personal to me as I have experienced a little of what Quinn was experiencing though not to that extent. But I understood where she was coming from and it is a hard place and once you go down that rabbit hole, you're kind of stuck there. 

I like Colleen Hoover because she challenges me. She doesn't always assure me that everyone will get their HEA, heck sometimes she even leaves me hanging, but I love that I don't know what to expect from her. Sure, my heart might get wrung out but I want those feels and I'm always guaranteed that with her. The only thing holding me back from giving it 5 stars is that I would've liked a small glimpse of Graham's POV throughout their unhappy period, and I realize that's just my personal preference. Otherwise, All Your Perfects is real and honest, and once again Hoover captures perfectly the commitments we take on and the complexities of love.

~ Bel


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, andWithout 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. Visit ColleenHoover.com. 


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