Confess is a standalone contemporary romance novel published on March 10th 2015 by Atria Books. The book was written by Colleen Hoover, a number 1 New York Times and International bestselling author of thirteen novels and multiple novellas. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Hoover published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012. It debuted at number 5 on the New York Times.
Since then, all her eligible works have become New York Times best sellers. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas. The story is about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies. Auburn Reed’s life didn’t turn out quite as planned. By the time she was 20 years old, she had already been through more than most. But she needed to remain focused. So by chance, she walks past a studio with a help wanted sign, she had to stop. She needed the money. But it was more than that, the windows beckoned her attention. They were covered in intimate and shocking confessions. The studio’s owner, Owen Gentry, is desperate for help, and when Auburn walks into the studio, Owen is immediately taken by this girl who is smart, lively and somehow a little sad too.
Colleen Hoover’s writing in Confess is intense. She consumes the reader with every word, every breath, every touch, every thought of her characters, until her reader is an intrinsic part of the story. This story unfolds in such a way, that I couldn’t see the whole picture for what it was until the very end, but I was made to feel so much along the way.
Confess is layered with humor and witty banter, fear and sadness, hope and hopelessness, joy, love and grief. It begins with an achingly profound loss that truly broke my heart. It’s driven by an intense attraction between two drifting souls who only find peace with each other. It’s full of fear, frustration and drama thanks to an array of vile secondary characters. And it culminates perfectly thanks to a few essential twists that I never saw coming and a secret, a confession that would never be, that turned a beautifully written romance into a genius storyline.
What I did have some difficulty loving was the turn of events, the throw all of that in with drugs, arrests, shady cops and legal battles, and you have a whole damn lot going on all at once. It made it hard to get the development any one issue needed when there was so much to juggle. I was overwhelmed, and it took a little away from the realism. All the drama took on a life of its own. What I like the most throughout the story was reading those confessions, because apparently those were true life confessions and when I turned the pages those words were turned into these incredible pieces of art. This book showed me that there’s a huge difference between a secret and a confession. A secret can be easily kept or freely shared. But a confession is stuck inside the confessor and it doesn’t work itself out easily. It hurts to hold it in and it hurts equally to let it out. Sharing a secret can be freeing.
Confessing doesn’t free anyone, it just lets someone else in on just how bound by it you are. Confessing is just admitting you feel something, did something, want something you shouldn’t. It doesn’t release you of its wrongness, it just brings that darkness into the light.There is a great balance to this story that leaves us filled with hope and bittersweet positivity, showing us that for every act of thievery that life inflicts upon us, there is a gift offered in its stead. It’s compelling, fresh, heart wrenching and entirely unforgettable that anyone can read it because this book is not to be missed.