Once again, Colleen Hoover weaves her words into magic! Her writing always, and I mean always, captivates me from the first word and keeps me emotionally invested until the very end. When I finish one of her books, I am often left in a haze for a little while, trying to gather all of my thoughts and emotions with how her book made me feel. Her writing never fails at making me feel for the story and the characters.
Confess is another example of her unique, clever, and creative writing style. She pulled me into the characters’ lives and made me experience their story alongside of them. And believe me, I felt every emotion right along with them! She had me wiping my tears one minute and then laughing in another. My heart ached, it was broken, I laughed, I hoped, and I loved every single minute of it. It is a love story in the true sense, but it is also a story of loss, grief, hope, strength, determination, and fate.
Auburn Reed has moved to Dallas with one particular goal in mind. What is that goal? I can’t tell you. I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone. She is lonely, sad, and just trying to make enough money to get what she wants most in life. When she happens upon an art gallery with a help wanted sign, she is more than a little intrigued. The windows of the gallery are filled with pieces of paper with the handwritten confessions of different, anonymous people. Confessions that reveal some of their most personal inner-feelings. When she meets the owner of the gallery, Owen Gentry, she is even more intrigued. He desperately needs to find someone to help him with his art showing that same evening. Auburn desperately needs to make more money, and can’t refuse his generous offer.
Owen Gentry. I loved this character. He is another lonely soul who has lost so much in his young life. He spends the majority of his time in the solitude of his art studio, creating his paintings from the inspiration that certain confessions bring out in him. When he sees Auburn at his door, he feels an immediate connection to her, an attraction, but it goes much deeper than that.
There is definitely great chemistry between Auburn and Owen. Their interactions, their banter, and their pull toward one another is amazing. Despite their desire to explore a relationship, there are secrets that are keeping them apart. Confessions that need to be made. Truths that need revealing. Although they fell for each other quickly, it felt very real and authentic. I never felt as though it was a rushed case of insta-love. It was always something so much more than that.
There are so many layers to this book. Colleen Hoover has a true knack for telling an intricate story, and letting all of the pieces unfold until they all come together perfectly. In addition to the story, she has incorporated pictures of real artwork into the book. It gave a beautiful visual to an already beautiful story.
Confess gave me everything that I love when reading a book. I couldn’t have asked for more. It is an unforgettable story with fabulous characters and exceptional writing. When I say that it has fabulous characters, I am also including Auburn’s roommate, Emory. She is the quirky, nosy, protective, and hilarious character that I couldn’t help but love.