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at 11:25 PM
I am not a fan of Colleen Hoover's work. At least not most of her work. I don't exactly hide the fact that I don't appreciate how overly dramatic her books are. On top of the already heavy plot is a mix of characters with colorful backgrounds. And when I say colorful, I mean over the top stressful. It's as if one bad thing isn't enough; there has to be more than one thing that's wrong with the characters. Oh, he's deaf, but he can create beautiful music because he has a tormented soul thanks to his horrible home life (or something like that... kind of blurred out Maybe Someday). It's not that I am against books that deal with themes that are hard to swallow. There's just always too much going on in a typical Hoover book.
However, such is not the case in Confess where there was a noticeably better balance. Auburn, our protagonist is strong, attractive, and an all-around "good girl" — much like Hoover's other female leads. The only difference is she's not as complicated. She has a secret that will explain a lot as the story goes, but it's nothing heavy and dark. Sure, it was a huge surprise (to me at least) but it's not like she was constantly tormented with this secret. The same can be said about Owen, the love interest. He's light (mostly) and quirky, which already sets him apart from a lot of male leads in the same genre. It was refreshing reading a Hoover book with characters who weren't too much of everything.
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