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Regretting You Paperback – 10 Dec. 2019
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The #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller that People Magazine calls “a poignant, addictive read.”
From #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us comes a novel about family, first love, grief, and betrayal that will touch the hearts of both mothers and daughters.
Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.
Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.
With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris―Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.
While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.
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A 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist: Best Romance
“There is plenty of trademark Hoover emotion and surprises in this engrossing read…This twisting novel will instigate excellent book discussions about regrets and second chances.” ―Booklist
“Betrayals, secrets, and shifting family loyalties keep the pages turning in this excellent contemporary from Hoover…This is Hoover at her very best.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The emotions run high, the conversations run deep, and the relationships ebb and flow with grace.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“A fantastically raw story about love, grief, and family.” ―HelloGiggles
“A book about grief, friendship, and mother-daughter relationships, it’s at turns heartbreaking and ebullient.” ―MindBodyGreen
“Colleen Hoover’s new novel delivers moments that are heartbreaking and heartfelt…a stirring mother-daughter story full of hope, loss, and great love.” ―Woman’s World
“A poignant, addictive read.” ―People Magazine
“For Morgan and Clara, coming to terms with the past means letting go and moving forward, and mother and daughter eventually meet each other halfway. Regretting You is a powerful story of love, hope, and redemption―and a tour de force for the incredibly gifted Hoover.” ―Washington Independent Review of Books
About the Author
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including the bestselling women’s fiction novel It Ends with Us and the bestselling psychological thriller Verity. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row―for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Hoover and her family founded the Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service that offers signed novels donated by authors. All profits go to various charities each month to help those in need. Hoover lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Visit www.colleenhoover.com.
- Publisher : Montlake (10 Dec. 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 365 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542016428
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542016421
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 38 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For a start, the few twists were very thinly disguised; it was clear from early on exactly where the narrative was going. Now normally, I wouldn’t take exception to that, in the same way I don’t mind getting on a train and knowing its destination. But what makes any journey special is the scenery along the way. And with ‘Regretting You’, I just got the sense I’d seen it all before.
Yes, I was moved by the predicament of mum Morgan and teenage daughter Clara, whose lives are thrown into a tailspin when husband/dad Chris dies in a car crash alongside his sister-in-law Jenny. I think Hoover does a fine job of exploring their grief, anger and confusion. I liked Clara’s boyfriend Miller a lot and easily identified with the ‘first love’ theme. And I enjoyed the tension and poignancy in Morgan’s relationship with Jonah, Jenny’s partner.
For someone like me, though, who regularly blubs when reading, there should have been enough tugging of the heartstrings in this to see me through a whole box of tissues. On the contrary, not a single tear was shed. And not because it wasn’t an emotional story; it was, in spades. It was just all a little too formulaic.
While I can see why diehard fans would love this book regardless, I believe that many, if they’re honest, would admit, like me, to being a tad disappointed. And there’s the problem: when authors set a high bar, there are bound to be times when they don’t quite hit the mark. And this, unfortunately, is one of them
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This book in true Hoover style delivers the punch and leaves you reeling. Then in Hoover style she very cleverly and patiently puts you back together. Well defined characters and heartbreaking narrative. Broke my heart but loved it anyway.
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It’s beautiful and powerful as we’re used to from the author and it’s angsty and makes you think a lot of what would you do in those moments, the decisions that you’ve made would be the same? The feelings?
This one was similar to All Your Perfects in that I enjoyed reading it and I liked the characters but it lacked punch and was a bit too sickly sweet. There was no huge twist which I kept expecting (the front cover had me attaching significance to something which didn’t go anywhere at all), and the plot was predictable. Some difficult themes are explored but it all just felt a bit limp. The large focus on teen romance didn’t help, as it gave the book a very YA feel.
Regretting You is a romance after all and it does okay in that respect - I just think CoHo has set her own bar so high that there are bound to be disappointments, and this unfortunately is one of them.