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Review: All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

all your perfectsColleen 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?

Review

I can’t remember ever reading the blurb before I read this book. I went in completely blind. All I can remember is that this book was recommended to me and since I have enjoyed previous books by Hoover, I thought I’d like this one. I was absolutely right.

This is the story of Quinn and Graham. The two met on a terrible day when their lives were falling apart. However, they established a connection that saw them reconnecting months later. Thus begins their beautiful love story.

The narrative is in alternating timelines telling the story of how the couple met and their life after marriage. Their dating life was beautiful with The Notebook kind of romance that makes you smile. Their marriage on the other hand was tumultuous. It broke my heart just reading their struggles.

I notice that the blurb doesn’t say much about the issues that the couple had so I will keep my review equally vague. Let me just say that this was an introspective read. It made me think about marriage and especially one of my fears about it. I am terrified that my dreams and plans may not come to pass. I have an idea of the kind of marriage that I would wish for but I pray for grace to still be happy if I don’t get everything that I ever wanted. It is tough though and my heart broke for Graham and Quinn. It was devastating seeing their plans failing. Their struggles were so realistically portrayed.

This is a beautiful, poignant, well-written story. In true Hoover style, it’s the kind of story that will tug at your heartstrings and probably have you struggling to read the text through your tears. It’s a wonderful read though. One that I know I will be thinking about for a long time.

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31 comments on “Review: All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

  1. Shalini
    November 28, 2018

    Fab review
    I haven’t read her books as everyone says it would make me cry!

    • Diana
      November 28, 2018

      Her last book, It Ends with Us made me cry. This one definitely made me emotional too though haha so yes, Hoover tends to make readers cry, but in a good way 😀

  2. Sucker For Coffee
    November 28, 2018

    I have only read one book by Hoover and I remember loving it but then again I was put off her books last year when there was that controversy of how problematic her books apparently are. Loved the review though!

    • Diana
      November 28, 2018

      I totally missed that controversy, heard nothing about it until now 😀 I have read November 9, It Ends with Us and now this one. She does write beautiful, emotional reads so don’t let the controversy deter you.

      Thank you.

  3. I find it very interesting how it made you question your beliefs and plans. Great review!

    • Diana
      November 28, 2018

      It caused some self-reflection. Thanks Nikola 🙂

  4. Norrie
    November 28, 2018

    This is such a great review! Not my sort of book at all and probably won’t read it, but i totally get you with what you are saying. How we wish for thing / have expectations and when they are not met we are unhappy. I think this is a difficult thing to overcome and realize that happiness has many forms, but it’s certainly can be achieved 🙂 This thing has been on my lately a lot.

    • Diana
      November 28, 2018

      I agree with you Norrie and yes, its so difficult. Like right now I feel like I’d be happy if my marriage goes a certain way(in terms of having kids, can’t imagine the alternative and I don’t know if I’d be happy. What you say is true though, happiness does come in different forms though it certainly isn’t easy to accept.

      Thank you for your comment and I totally get what you mean about the book.

  5. Renee (Itsbooktalk)
    November 28, 2018

    Great review, I’m so glad you liked this one Diana! I agree it really makes you think about certain aspects of marriage. I think this would make a great book club pick.

    • Diana
      November 28, 2018

      I agree with you, Renee. So much to discuss especially about the marriage issues, the main one and the ones resulting from it. I loved this book, Renee and I re-read your review on goodreads today. We are in agreement about this one.

  6. Tina Woodbury
    November 28, 2018

    Lovely review! I have a lot Colleen Hoover catching up to do!!

    • Diana
      November 29, 2018

      Thanks Tina. I hope that you will get the chance to do that. I especially recommend this title and It Ends with Us.

  7. Stephanie
    November 28, 2018

    Love your review Diana; this is one of my favorite books of the year. It certainly does make you think and because I’ve been married so long and been through some similar issues (multiple miscarriages to where we thought we’d not have kids and the postpartum depression that I mentioned before) it really resonated. Marriage takes so much work to make it last and I like that Hoover didn’t present it as a fairy tale like so many authors do. Lovely review!!

    • Diana
      November 29, 2018

      Thank you Stephanie and for sharing your experience with me. I am glad that your story ended differently but truly sorry about all you went through.Someone close to me is currently going through something similar with multiple miscarriages. It scares me. I worry about her and I worry about having similar struggles with pregnancies since I really want to have kids, if possible as soon as next year after the wedding in Feb. I can definitely see how these issues would strain a marriage though and affect the couple.

      And you are right about Hoover. I really appreciate how she tackles the difficult subjects. This book and It Ends With Us are my favorite ones so far.

      • Stephanie
        November 30, 2018

        You’re welcome, Diana. They definitely do strain a relationship, but in my experience the relationship can handle it if they work together and are strong enough. In the 25 years we’ve been together and 21 years we’ve been married, we’ve had some hard times, but we’ve always been stronger and closer after the storms.

        We’re very blessed that we have 3 children even with the miscarriages that I had, so I hope that your friend is able to have children although she’s suffering miscarriages right now. It’s such a traumatic thing, but there is hope depending on the situation.

        I’ll have positive thoughts that all will be will and you’ll have a family started not long after you’re married! That would be so exciting!! 🙂

        Hoover is just such a clever writer. I also like how she isn’t afraid to tackle difficult issues but is sensitive too. Those are my faves too! Both made me cry like babies!

  8. anovelglimpse
    November 28, 2018

    I’ve read this one! (It makes me excited when I’ve read a book you have because usually I’m just getting lots of great thriller recs.) I totally agree with your review for it, too! It really made me think about my marriage and how I approach it.

    • Diana
      December 3, 2018

      Yay to that 🙂

      Thanks Deanna and glad to hear that you also had a chance to read this one and also found it to be thought provoking 🙂

  9. Holly B / Dressedtoread
    November 29, 2018

    I have this and can not wait to read it now!

    • Diana
      November 29, 2018

      Great to hear that, Holly. I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did.

  10. ChrissiReads
    November 29, 2018

    Really looking forward to this one! Wonderful review, Diana!

    • Diana
      November 29, 2018

      Thanks Chrissi. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about it, if you get the chance to read it.

  11. carhicks
    November 29, 2018

    Wonderful review Diana. Every review I have read about this book say it will make me cry. Maybe I will read it in Florida in the sun, then I won’t be depressed when I start. It does sound like a lovely story though. I enjoyed reading your review.

    • Diana
      December 3, 2018

      I like the idea of reading it in Florida 😀 I hope that you will get a chance to read this one though. Its emotional but also really good. Thanks Carla.

  12. henatayeb
    November 30, 2018

    I haven’t any of her books yet.. even though all her books are on my TBR list..

    http://www.henatayeb.blogspot.com

    • Diana
      December 3, 2018

      I hope you will get the chance to read one of them. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.

  13. Yvo
    December 9, 2018

    Wonderful review! I’m glad you were able to enjoy this one, although enjoy isn’t exactly the right word here… 😉

    • Diana
      December 9, 2018

      I know…Enjoy doesn’t seem fitting but yes,I definitely liked this one.Thanks Yvo.

  14. Raney Simmon
    December 16, 2018

    This definitely sounds like a good book to read. Might consider giving it a chance.

    • Diana
      December 16, 2018

      I hope that you’ll enjoy it if you do.Thanks Raney.

  15. Cozynookbks
    December 25, 2018

    I have It Ends With Us, but haven’t read it yet. Which one did you like better, Diana? This one sounds very good to me as I like reading about the dynamics of married couples.
    I can appreciate your trepidation about marriage, and your very candid feelings about going into it. I’ve been married 24 years and so far the biggest challenge for us is watching each other get older and the challenges it brings. No one wants to see the ones they love in physical or emotional pain from circumstances they have no control over. But one thing’s for sure, I’ve had a happy life with the man of my dreams, and I wish all the same for you. 🥰

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