Published by Atria Books
Pub Date: March 10th 2015
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
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Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.
The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…
“There are people you meet and get to know, and then there are people you meet and already know.”
This is exactly what I needed to end my treacherous reading slump! I didn’t have a specific genre when I was browsing for my next read; all I knew was that I had to pick something that I knew would be a for sure 4+ stars. Colleen Hoover nailed it! The title Confess is a clear indication there are secrets that need to be revealed, and honestly that was all it took to draw me in.
There were two things you’ll absolutely LOVE about this book:
First, how easy Colleen makes it to be able to relate to the characters. I could totally see myself being friends with them in real life!
Auburn and Owen are able to bring something special out of each other. Nothing feels forced or unnatural. Both of their struggles will tug at your heart and I completely understood why they make the decisions they each make. CoHo throws several curve balls, but I kept hope that she would give them each a deserving ending.
“I don’t feel lost in him at all, because it’s the first time I’ve ever felt like someone truly found me.” -Auburn
“I’ll take whatever you’re willing to give me. Because I know that if you walk out that door, then ten years from now . . . twenty years from now . . . we’ll wish we had listened to our hearts when we think back on tonight.” – Owen
My favorite character was Emory! Every girl needs a friend like her in their circle. She was hilarious, blunt, loyal, and a total bad ass! She always said exactly what she was thinking and I absolutely loved her for that! She reminded me tons of Warren from Maybe Someday. I vote for her getting her own novella like Warren did with Maybe Not!!
“It’s not gossip when I’m saying it to both your faces. It’s called conversation. We’re discussing how you guys are attracted to each other and you want to fall in love..” -Emory
Second, I was a huge fan of the art gallery concept. As mentioned in the book description, Owen is an artist. He doesn’t just run your typical art gallery though. He has a slot on the front door of his studio where people walking by can drop in an anonymous confession of their choice. Owen then takes these confessions and uses them as inspiration for his paintings. Some are cute and others are sad, but the one thing they all have in common is they are real! The author, Colleen Hoover, took real confessions from real people, incorporated them into this story, and gave them beautiful art work which she includes in the book! Here’s an example:
“I’ve never let anyone see me without makeup. My greatest fear is what I’ll look like at my funeral. I’m almost certain I’ll be cremated, because my insecurities run so deep, they’ll follow me into the afterlife. Thank you for that, Mother”
If you’ve ever read a CoHo book, you know she likes to gives us something extra. With Maybe Someday it was music and with Slammed it was poetry. Well, with Confess, she gives us a way to confess our own truths! There is a @ConfessYourTruth on Instagram where you can direct message your confession and Colleen Hoover chooses some to be shared on the page anonymously! How cool is that?!
This story had a little bit of everything. Countless times I caught myself smiling from ear to ear like I was the one being flirted with. Some parts made me laugh so hard I cried. It also had it’s fair share of suspenseful moments that made me turn the page so fast I nearly ripped it one of at some point! (true story) If you’ve yet to read it, I hope you love it as much as I did! If you already have, let me know what your thoughts were in the comments below!