“It’s amazing how much distance one truth can create between two people.”
Rating: A solid 4 stars!
Genre: New Adult Romance
Colleen Hoover’s novel Confess centres around the charismatic and selfless Owen Mason Gentry and the sweet but fierce Auburn Mason Reed. The two share more than a middle name; a deep, seemingly inexplicable, connection forms between them from the moment the two meet when Auburn walks up to the door of Owen’s art studio. There’s more than meets the eye with Auburn and Owen’s stories- these characters have much more depth to them than is immediately known.
As the title indicates, confessions and truths (and lack thereof) are at the core of this love story which was unlike the other Colleen Hoover novels I’ve read before. This novel does not focus as heavily on the physical relationship between its main characters as much as Hoover’s novels often do, rather exploring the dynamics between them as they begin to fall in love despite the forces that strive to keep them apart. Owen is instantly likeable, making a living by painting the “confessions” left in the dropbox in his studio, yet not quite as forthcoming with confessions of his own.
It was extremely enjoyable to read the chapters from both Auburn and Owen’s perspectives, almost as if you are stepping inside the minds of the characters as the events are unfolding. Tragedy has plagued both of their lives which has in turn greatly affected their love lives, both Owen and Auburn losing people so near and dear to their hearts during their teenage years. Their lives are intertwined from the very beginning, though only one of them is privy to that fact. Actually, we don’t even get to see how their pasts converge until the very end of the novel (and when I say the very end, I mean THE VERY END). While I generally like this particular writing method, I would’ve liked to see a chapter after that to see the reactions to that revelation. Despite this, I felt that the ending, set five years in the past, was very heartwarming and sweet.
For all the love I have for Owen and Auburn and their burgeoning relationship, I have a strong dislike for Trey, the brother of Auburn’s first love, Adam. From the moment he first appeared on the page, I felt uneasy about him. Where Owen gives Auburn confidence and a feeling of comfort, Trey condescends and even frightens her. Trey is the complete polar opposite of his brother, Auburn’s first boyfriend Adam, the dark where Adam was light, the storm where Adam was calm. The discomfort Auburn feels whenever she interacts with Trey is almost palpable- he even made me feel uncomfortable as I was reading! Thankfully, Trey’s appearances are usually brief, though they become more frequent as the book goes on. Despite the fact that I am by no means a fan of Trey, I did like that he still played a main role because without a somewhat villainous character in the story, this tale would’ve been a little too perfect!
Confess is certainly one of my favourite reads this year so far. While it was not the action-laden novel I am accustomed, it was filled with a great deal of heart. Hoover crafts such realistic and relatable characters that you simply can’t help falling in love with. The ending left a little to be desired, but the story overall was one that will certainly stay with me for quite some time. I look forward to reading more of Hoover’s novels!
Have any of you read novels by the wonderful Colleen Hoover? Let me know in the comments below!
Peace out, bookworms ✌🏼