Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/YA
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: December 10, 2019
Book Description: Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.
Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.
With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.
While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: I am not a huge fan of YA books but anything by Colleen Hoover is an exception for me. There is something that Hoover is so great at, and it basically tearing down all the characters and slowly building them up again in a totally authentic way. Watching the evolution of her writing has been so fun to experience. This book is no exception.
This book is narrated by two people Morgan Grant and her daughter Clara. In the beginning they appear to have a fairy tale family. Everyone loves each other and only wants what best for them. Then in a blink of an eye Clara and Morgan’s life is shattered and nothing will be the same.
This is a lovely mother/daughter story but as with an CoHo novel there is bit of romance. This is not light first love, but so much more. This is all about relationships, and not the easy parts but the extremely hard parts that go into any relationship.
CoHo, takes so many topics and writes a beautiful story, grief, first love, second-chance love, family and so much more. I think this would make a great read for a mother/teenage daughter to read. There is a lot to discuss in this one, and while it will lead to difficult discussions, it will be well worth it.