Where do I even begin? Okay so I’m going to take a moment to applaud Colleen Hoover for her yet again brilliant storytelling. I was taken by surprise and blown away. This has to be one of my favorite reviews simply because All Your Perfects gave an insight on three of my greatest fears: love, marriage, and infertility.
Right from the cover of this book, I knew it would destroy me making me so excited to start. One thing with CoHo novels is how they impact one’s life. I find myself thinking about the stories and characters months after finishing the books, till date. This book did just that. It stuck with me, really stuck with me. Apart from CoHo’s beautiful writing skills, the characters in her stories are real people. A lot of people are not fans of romance novels because of the cliché, corny and cheesy characters and plots. In addition, they are most especially far from realistic and that is exactly what makes CoHo romance novels stand out. People like myself prefer to read about real, gritty relationships. Stories about romance in the real world.
~Excerpt from All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
“We’re all full of flaws. Hundreds of them. They’re like tiny holes all over our skin. And like your fortune said, sometimes we shine light on our own flaws. But there are some people who try to ignore their own flaws by shining light on other people’s to the point that the other person’s flaws become their only focus. They pick at them, little by little, until they rip wide open and that’s all we become to them. One giant gaping flaw.”
From the very first page, until the last, this story gave a deep insight on the epidemic that affects so many families and relationships in the real word. That is to say, it was honest, incredibly relatable and paced to perfection. The characters were engaging and their development very well-timed.
The beauty of this incredibly impactful novel is its dedication to life after “I do”. Reading about Graham and Quinn’s crumbling marriage, struggles with infertility, their inner battles with the insecurities affecting them individually and their relationship and most importantly their love opened my eyes to the reality of things. In other words, the book gave a portrait of a perfect couple struggling with agonizing decisions as all their perfects fall away and they are left with nothing but pieces of who they were and who they became as their world fell apart. Despite all that was thrown at them, it was clear poor communication played a huge role in making them grow apart instead of turning to each other.
Graham and Quinn
“Our marriage hasn’t been perfect. No marriage is perfect. There were times when she gave up on us. There were even more times when I gave up on us. The secret to our longevity is that we never gave up at the same time.”
In the voice and from the perspective of Quinn, the story is narrated in fragments. With the past coinciding with the present, alternating between their happiest and most difficult times. It was distressing reading about the unexpected circumstances that devoured the resounding love between Graham and Quinn. I felt every pain and emotion Quinn was going through. Drowning in grief and shame, trying to come to terms with the possibility of a fate impossible to ignore. As a result, believing she failed in her marriage. Both Quinn and Graham were so lucky to have each other, they are both amazing characters despite what the struggles in their marriage made them out to be. Graham is a dream come true, thriving without fear and alone in his grief. His character evolved to be a real and believable perfection.
“When you meet someone who is good for you, they won’t fill you with insecurities by focusing on your flaws. They’ll fill you with inspiration, because they’ll focus on all the best parts of you.”
CoHo did an amazing job in delivering that in every one of her novels like It ends with us, none more so than All your perfects.To say that I sobbed while reading this book is an understatement. I had a big grin on my tear-soaked face towards the end.
This emotionally powerful novel filled my heart with hope and had me dying to discuss it with anyone that would listen. It had me hoping desperately for the cliché I dislike in romance novels, but thankfully CoHo came through and taught me lessons. Don’t forget to share your thoughts!
All Your Perfects
ALL YOUR PERFECTS by the amazing Colleen Hoover is a beautiful, healing profound love story. It is a wonderful and tragic heartbreaking page-turner that will leave you grinning and in tears.