Title: All Your Perfects
Author: Colleen Hoover
“Until then, I will continue to love you more and more with every struggle we face than I loved you when all was perfect.”
Colleen Hoover 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?
(Synopsis from Goodreads)
How do I even begin with this review?
I’ve always been a fan of Colleen Hoover since the day I realized I am fond of reading. Her book, Maybe Someday, was the reason I started to love reading and since then, I know it’s never gonna stop. So whenever Colleen releases a new book, I am EXTRA excited and I had to stop/pause whatever book I was reading to give way to her new book.
I was on a reading slump lately and I’ve tried to read other books to get me out of my slump but nothing really works until All Your Perfects was released. It usually took me just a day or two when I read a CoHo book but this book is different because it took me A WEEK! And it’s not because I am not liking it, but because every “Now” chapter gives me a deep emotional pain, it feels like someone is stabbing a knife right into my heart. You know what I mean?
I’ve never been married and there’s no instance in this book that I can personally relate to, but damn, the rawness of this book is just so strong, it spoke to you. I really liked how Colleen strategically writes the sequence of chapters, it goes alternating on the past and the present day, “Then” and “Now”. It’s like she’s saying “Okay, enough of smiling, let’s make you cry on the next chapter….” And then, “Ohhh no..too much crying from the last one, here’s another happy chapter….” Then…“Nahh too swooney, here’s another devastating chapter.” And it goes on and on and on.
It is very easy to fall in love with Quinn and Graham’s relationship. It’s just so pure and passionate. The way their relationship started is unique. I smiled, laughed, swooned, fell in love on every “Then” chapters. I was so hooked. While the “Then” chapters are such a light and easy read, the “Now” chapters are the exact opposite. Every damn chapter is suffocating me, it’s the very reason why it took me a week to finish reading this book. Reading these chapters felt so heavy, in my eyes, in my heart, in my whole body! The pain is there. The desperation is there. The devastation is everywhere in these chapters. There were several instances that I had to stop reading, close the book, and just take a moment to breathe.
This book made me realized that no matter how good and perfect a relationship started, couples can never avoid real-life struggles. And it takes two strong people to overcome it and make their marriage and relationship work.
Have you read this book already? How did you feel? Let’s discuss! 🙂