So awful. Teenage pregnancy, cheating, death, grief, teenage rebellion. Awful, awful, awful and yet so, so, so good. I don’t know how Colleen Hoover does it and I’m really starting to hate her for always toying with my emotions each and everytime.
It’s why I’m always cautious whenever I start reading her newest book because I am certain I’ll be in for an emotional rollercoaster ride and sure enough, that’s exactly what happened while I was reading “Regretting You”. It’s so ironic because that should make the author predictable but she never is. I always have no idea what I’ll get everytime I start a CoHo book and I’m really glad that the author never sticks with one genre.
This one is a mix of YA, romance, and women fiction and the combination is sooo good and quite refreshing. I love that the POVs are that of the mother and daughter characters in the story, Morgan and Clara, and while they both have their romantic stories that are both totally shippable, I love how it’s also mainly a story of their relationship with each other, the realization by Clara of a mother’s selfless love for her child by her willingness to sacrifice her emotions, grief, and even her own reputation just to save her daughter from emotional wreck. It sucks because it made my cry. Lol.
CoHo is a master of putting wonderful, sometimes excessively righteous characters in an impossible situation and elaborating the difficult challenge of navigating through them and I’ll copy this phrase from the book, “it’s a beautiful thing.” Really.