How to review a Colleen Hoover book: write, erase, repeat until you’re a basket case. Why? Because nothing I say about Colleen’s writing will ever properly convey my feelings about her books. Lucky for her, my reviews have no merit (ha!) on her success. Colleen doesn’t need us to sell her books, she barely needs blurbs anymore! The back cover of her books could all say, “Read this book,” from here on out and we would mindlessly stumble to the bookstore like a hoard of zombies on The Walking Dead. Colleen’s writing is tried and true. She allows her readers to open their hearts to possibilities they’ve likely never considered, feel all the feels, and close the book enlightened and refreshed.
Despite all the good, I was still scared of reading this book. In a lot of ways, I feel like the world discourages people from getting married, starting families, and enjoying the good that comes from having a loving relationship. After reading the blurb, I was worried this would be another story to give marriage a bad name. Clearly, I should trust Colleen more. She’s always the first to brag on her #legit husband and constantly has good things to say about her family.
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?
My favorite thing about All Your Perfects were the imperfections. Fear not, as usual, Colleen’s writing is flawless and her storytelling sucked me in from the first sentence. However, Graham and Quinn’s relationship is imperfect, just like the rest of our human relationships, and it was absolutely refreshing! Most romance books take us on unimaginable journies with beautiful people, beautiful places, and whirlwind love stories. Don’t get me wrong, I like these books, too! It’s nice to escape reality and read a happy story, realistic or not, every now and then. In some ways, however, these stories may be setting us up for failure in our real lives, especially if we expect our own stories to be as perfect as the ones we read. The majority of books end as the characters get married or the epilogue will feature the characters with their 2.5 children and a tender happily ever after. Colleen Hoover takes her readers past the happily ever after to the middle of marriage, something I have never experienced in a romance novel before.
Whether we struggle in our relationships in the same way as Graham and Quinn, I think their story is real and relatable for every married couple and offers a practical look for anyone considering a long-term relationship in their lifetime. As much as we might wish it were true, life isn’t a romance novel. Life is hard, messy, and love isn’t perfect because people aren’t perfect. The beauty of marriage comes from choosing to love during the mess and despite imperfections.
While there are many obvious themes in this story, the main theme that stood out to me was communication and it’s importance in relationships. Without it, negative thoughts and resentment build up over time, leading to a huge barrier between people that eventually feels impossible to climb. Colleen’s writing makes this concept clear as day while showing how the majority of problems could have been avoided if the characters talked things out, something all of us could learn from.
I’m so thankful for the opportunity to read this beautiful and sobering look at life and love. I appreciate the lessons Colleen infused into this story – Loving the life you live and loving the person you love. She takes readers back to the basics after life has left things muddled. This will be a story that sticks with me for life.
Be sure to pick up All Your Perfects upon its release on July 17, 2018!
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