Goodreads: Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
This contains spoilers. You have been warned.
Fallon was in a house fire, 30% of her body is covered in scars. On the two-year anniversary, she goes to lunch with her dad. Her dad is a jerk and insults her, and that’s when some guy sits next to her pretending to be her boyfriend to put the smack down on her dad. This guy is Ben.
Ben and Fallon go out for ice cream where he says, “Because I could tell with that one simple movement that you were really insecure. And I realized—since you obviously had no idea how fucking beautiful you were—that I just might actually have a chance with you. And so I smiled. Because I was hoping if I played my cards right—I might get to find out exactly what kind of panties you were wearing under those jeans.”
GROSS AND CREEPY. RUN GIRL, RUN. But what does she do? She invites him over to her apartment to help her pack and he does this really creepy thing and undresses her and makes her put on a dress she feels uncomfortable wearing.
I shove the dress back at him. “I don’t want to wear that, I want to wear this.” “No,” he says. “I’m paying for dinner, so I get to choose what to stare at while we eat.”
Fallon and Ben have some weird connection I don’t understand and decide to meet ever year on November 9th until they’re 23 (that’s five year).
- The first November after they meet she’s late because her plane from New York to L.A. is delayed, it must have been lackluster because I don’t remember much.
- The second November, when Ben was supposed to go to New York to meet her, his brother dies. Fallon surprise visits Ben that night and they have sex then she leaves the next morning. Ben was kind of creepy about her virginity.
- The third November Ben meets her in L.A. at the restaurant with Oliver, his brother’s widow’s baby… The best part? He’s sharing a bed with her. Fallon’s upset and leaves and says she won’t see him that following November.
- The fourth November she’s living back in L.A. and out at a club with her roommate and her boyfriend, and some pretentious dude she’s been dating, and HERE COMES BEN. She ends up going to Ben’s house after some drama at the club where they kiss and makeup, and the next morning she stumbles across his book manuscript and finds out that he started the fire that ruined her life. She goes to the police and files a restraining order.
- On the fifth November, she hears a knock on the door and finds a box with a note. Inside the box is Ben’s book. She sets it on the counter and goes to bed. The next morning her mom is in her apartment crying and reading the book. Her mom leaves and tells her to read the book. So she does, and at 11:57pm on November 9th she goes to the restaurant where Ben is waiting for her and they have their gross and toxic “happily” ever after.
Why did Ben burn Fallon’s dad’s house down? Because his mother committed suicide November 9th and he thought it was because she was in love with Fallon’s dad and he broke her heart, she he found where he lived. He thought he was just going to catch a muscle car on fire, not the entire house. Turns up his mom committed suicide because she had ovarian cancer and didn’t want to be a burden and put the family in financial debt. Had he read her suicide note before going to Fallon’s dad’s house Fallon would still be unscathed and still have her job as an actress.
Oh, and when Fallon is reading Ben’s book, you find out that Ben followed her dad from the cemetary to the restaurant. Ben is creepy and gross and this book was awful, and Fallon has poor judgemnet when it comes to men.
I still haven’t read Confess, Never Never, or Maybe Someday… But after this… This could possibly be my last Colleen Hoover book. I loved Ugly Love and Slammed, the sequels to Slammed were okay. I hated Hopeless, and obviously this.