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Book Review: All Your Perfects

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All Your Perfects- Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books (July 17, 2018)

Language: English

Pages: 321 pages

Format: Kindle

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us—whose writing is “emotionally wrenching and utterly original” (Sara Shepard, New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series)—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?

Ever since I read the Slammed series when I was graduating High school, I fell in love with Colleen Hoover’s writing. In Ugly Love, she made me grief Miles new born son. In Confess she took my breath away with Owen’s secret confessions. Lily from It Ends with Us, made me feel proud of calling myself a woman and taught me to never accept abuse from anyone. I just read All Your Perfects …like I literally just finished it! I can’t believe how Hoover achieves to get through my heart every single time. Quinn and Graham definitely broke my heart to pieces and built it up again.

I’ll try my best but I don’t think this review will do justice to this amazing novel.

I loved how she portrayed a married couple going through their issues and how they try to find their way back to one another. We usually get stories that only focus on the beginning of the relationships where it’s all nice and dandy with a little breakup in the middle of their happily ever after. In this book we get everything that happens before they get married. We feel that happiness and dreamy like sensation of falling in love. I mean, through Quinn I could see myself falling for a man like Graham in every way. He’s funny, handsome, supportive, sexy and has an amazing heart.

 On the other hand, our main focus comes after they get married (which we usually don’t get on other stories). In other novels the main hustle is to actually achieve to get married to your soulmate but through this story (and real life) we know the real struggles begin once you’re already married. Let’s just say the real goal is to actually maintain a healthy marriage. Lately, I’ve been reading great novels that do not display the real meaning of love. Love is not always beautiful. Love is not always hearts and flowers. Most of all, love does not mean eternal happiness. You have to work for it together.

“I promise to love you more when you’re hurting than when you’re happy. I promise to love you more when we’re poor than when we’re swimming in riches. I promise to love you more when you’re crying than when you’re laughing. I promise to love you more when you’re sick than when you’re healthy. I promise to love you more when you hate me than when you love me.” (Hoover, Colleen. All Your Perfects: A Novel (pp. 261-262). Atria Books. Kindle Edition.)

 This message is so true and wise. I’ve never been married and still consider myself too young to do so. However, I’ve been in a relationship for 7 wonderful years with a man I can honestly call my best friend and I can tell you it hasn’t been easy at all. There are always strange circumstances that threaten your peace and force you to change. Sometimes you’re not on the same page when it comes to what you both want, but you have to love that person despite this, since because you love each other you keep trying and trying to make it work.

This previous quote shows everything I believe love is. Love is support, compassion, friendship and understanding. One should never get involved in a relationship if they’re not open to face their partner’s struggles along with them. When you actually proceed to start a relationship with someone, the most important thing is that you’re able to hold that person’s hand and feel the pain together. Marriage vows say through sickness and in health, which means that love gives the ability to share your strength with your partner in a time in need. That’s the moment where love can be in its most tangible form.

Along this story Hoover teaches every one of her readers to basically accept the problems (that will always be part of our lives) and put light to all the great things we have in our lives.

“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.” (Hoover, Colleen. All Your Perfects: A Novel (p. 9). Atria Books. Kindle Edition.)

This quote is everything in this novel. Graham and Quinn are the perfect couple even though they met under the most bizarre circumstances (but I think that’s a given in every CoHo novel). They support each other and are very attracted to one another sexually, which obviously leads them to fall in love and get married. Their problems begin when they start trying to conceive and they realize Quinn is sterile. Obviously, their relationship started to focus on just getting pregnant and forgetting all those other wonderful things that made up that relationship to begin with.

A marriage involves two different people, which means that they’ll probably feel and express things differently. This is exactly what happens with them. They’re not able to communicate their pain with one another, but we all know Hoover. She finds a beautiful way to unite them through letters and pacts they made to one another when they got married.

Once again, I definitely recommend this book. Especially if you’re married or in a stable relationship. This will honestly give you advice and prove to you that every couple has their ups and downs. It will even give you ideas on how to strengthen it. I personally loved the idea of keeping all the love letters in a wooden box in order to remind you why you fell in love with that person in the first place. I’m so doing that on my wedding day!

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