Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?
Now this book should have been called ugly love, because my heart felt like it was soaring and then crashing so many times. Also, it was yet another morbid opening from CoHo, however is it dark of me if I love them? More so, this book actually deserved a dark first couple sentences because there are some extremely heavy moments in November 9 and I loved the emotions I was put through.
Starting this, I was like oh man November 9th is going to have so many meanings to these characters and to me it does too. It is my ex’s birthday and memories I would prefer not to dive into. Having this story revolve around a date was so unique and it was amazing how CoHo connected these characters in so many ways with that date.
I will say, it took me a bit longer to connect to these characters than some of her other stories however, once the story picks up… it puts your heart in a blender and pulses it eight more times. What Ben and Fallon have both gone through and continued to go through held so much angst, heartbreak, and even beauty.
CoHo is absolutely a master of her craft. I will literally buy any book she writes and she better continue to write for forever or I may (and a lot of others) riot.