Happy Tuesday! Does anyone else feel like lockdown is flying by? I can’t believe it’s been almost 10 weeks already! While it’s scary how fast time is going by, at least it means that we’ll be able to see our friends and families again soon! With more time on my hands, I’ve been able to write more book reviews, and today I’ll be sharing my thoughts of Colleen Hoover’s latest novel Regretting You. It’s one of my favourite books I’ve read so far this year, so scroll down to find out why I loved it so much!
From #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us comes a poignant novel about family, first love, grief, and betrayal that will touch the hearts of both mothers and daughters.
Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.
Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.
With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.
While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.
If you like Colleen Hoover, be sure to check out her latest book Regretting You. Released at the end of last year, Regretting You focuses on the aftermath of a tragic accident, and the mother and daughter who are left to pick up the pieces.
While there are a couple of romances in Regretting You, it is the relationship between Morgan and her teenage daughter Clara that really drives the plot. Clara is distraught after the accident and finds solace in ‘bad boy’ Miller, who both her parents warned her to stay away from. Seeing her mum as some kind of overprotective monster, Clara rebels against her, as a way of dealing with her grief and taking her mind off what happened. However, she soon realises that Morgan is just looking out for her, to make sure that she doesn’t repeat the same mistakes she was her age.
Like It Ends With Us, Regretting You is a realistic and emotional read with some heavy parts. My heart broke for Morgan and Clara – losing one person is hard enough and I couldn’t imagine losing two people at once. I was also angry at Chris and Jenny for betraying them. Morgan really trusted Chris and Jenny, and never though that they’d do what they did, while Clara saw Jenny as someone she could turn to whenever she was having problems in her personal life and didn’t want to talk to her mum.
All in all, Regretting You is a fantastic portrayal of grief, regrets, secrets and the difficult relationship mother and daughter. Having enjoyed It Ends With Us and Regretting You, Colleen Hoover is an author I’m sure I’ll be reading more books from in the future – Losing Hope and Finding Cinderella are already in my TBR list for this year. I love her writing style and the way in which she creates complex characters that are easy to connect with.
I’d wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance novels.
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What was the last book you’ve read? Have you read Regretting You or anything by Colleen Hoover?