Title: Regretting You
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: Fiction, Romance, YA
As a woman in her thirties, I sometimes question whether it’s appropriate for me to read or, furthermore, enjoy a YA book. I’m not a young adult anymore. I’m in the ‘plain adult’ decade.
The truth is I’ve never read a YA book that I didn’t enjoy. The authors transport you back into your childhood or teenage mind and compel you to feel the main character’s every emotion.
YA books are magical, and you can’t stop this non-young adult from reading them.
Morgan tried to chase her dreams after she and Chris got pregnant with Clara at seventeen years old. Her dreams fell to the backside when Chris’s income could support them, and hers didn’t outweigh the daycare expense.
Sixteen years later, Morgan is questioning what she’ll do when Clara goes on to college, all the while trying to keep her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. Clara and Morgan’s relationship faces the ultimate test when Chris is involved in a tragic accident.
Regretting You is full of romance, drama, grief, teenage angst, and mysteries. Colleen Hoover takes us on an emotional ride, reminding us that, for better or for worse, people aren’t as they seem. I loved every sentence of this book.
What I Liked Most
The connection I felt towards both Clara and Morgan. Regretting You is written from both of their points of view, switching every other chapter. This writing style gives you the ability to understand their motives and emotions and makes your heart break when they don’t understand each other’s pure intentions.
The plot and each scene are well-written and believable. I find romance novels often have forced scenes, or you’re repeatedly yelling, “oh, just kiss already!” Hoover gives you just enough anticipation to prevent such awkward phrases from slipping out of your mouth while reading in bed next to your spouse.
The emotions and actions taken by the characters are rational and align with their personalities and age. The grieving process is complex and varies between people. I appreciated the grace Hoover gives to each character to grieve and respond to the trauma they’re enduring.
What I Didn’t Like
That it ended because I wanted to stay in the story longer. Maybe it will be a movie or TV series soon, and I can relive it.
Should you read it?
Regretting You is an excellent read for those who love emotional stories with a good amount of romance. It’s raw. It’s entertaining. It’s worth your time.
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