There are certain books that come along that reinforce my love of reading, this is one such book. I wasn’t very far into All Your Perfects when I knew that it was going to be special. It has all of the unique qualities that I have come to expect from this author. She pulled me in, kept me completely invested, and gave me one of the best reading experiences that I’ve had this year.
This is a truly captivating story that had my heart soaring one minute and then plummeting into my stomach in the next. It is a raw, honest, real, and utterly heartbreaking portrayal of the devastating struggle that many married couples have to face. I was torn between wanting to devour the story as quickly as possible in order to find out what was going to become of these characters, and wanting to slowly savor every word to make it last longer.
Told almost entirely from Quinn’s perspective in chapters that alternate between “Then” and “Now,” readers are able to witness the various stages in Quinn and Graham’s relationship. This back and forth drew me into their story. I was able to see how they met, the sweet, romantic moments when they first connected, to the profound love that developed between them. On the other side, it was these early, lighter moments of new love that helped to provide me with a reprieve from the heartbreaking reality that they found themselves in the “Now.”
I was rooting for these characters from the very beginning. I felt a special connection to them throughout their entire journey. I cared for them. I laughed with them. I cried with them. Ultimately, I wanted the best for them. While their love seemed perfect and unwavering, they weren’t perfect. They faltered, took missteps, and had regrets. Their issues weren’t sugar-coated or miraculously resolved for the sake of a happy ending. Hoover took her time and told the story in the most authentic way possible.
All Your Perfects is a beautiful, hopeful, deeply moving love story that will not soon be forgotten. It will definitely be gracing my list of favorite books of the year…and of all time.