Confess – Colleen Hoover


Publisher: Atria Books

Release date: March 10th 2015

Language: English

Number of pages:  320 (kindle)

Genre: new adult, contemporary



To be completely honest, I never intended to read Confess by Colleen Hoover. I found a trailer for same-called mini TV show somewhere on the Internet, watched it and loved it, so I had to find out everything I could about it. Previously I read Ugly Love by the same author and I really liked it so I expected to like this one too, especially because the trailer looked so promising. But as it’s always happened when I had high expectations, I ended up a bit disappointed.


Auburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it—but can she do it?

The idea of the story is incredible, but it stays that way, only as a great idea. It feels like the writer was in such a rush to say everything about Owen and Auburn that she left out the part that should have made the story remarkable. I was hoping we would have way more opportunities to explore Owens art, to find out more about the way he chooses the confessions that he paints and that we’d focus a lot more on the process that was making of his art. In the beginning, the story was really promising but from the second quarter of the book, it gets less interesting. The only thing that actually adds up to Owens art through the other parts of the book are the beautiful illustrations of his paintings included within the book’s pages. Also, the confessions listed in the book were written by the real people which makes the book more truthful and valuable.

I would say that Owen’s character was the best part of the book actually. He’s such an unusual character and he’s not a walking cliché – he’s weird, has an interesting and complex personality and it’s impossible not to like him. It’s peculiar how the most of the male characters in this kind of books go from alfa-male or simply normal guy to a faithful puppy, and that’s what happened to Owen too in a part of the story. It’s not even funny anymore. But when we take that aspect out, he’s definitely one of the most thoughtful and interesting characters I’ve read about. On the other hand we have Auburn, that is shown as a strong character with a lot of potential for development but there was a sentence in the book where she calls herself a whore without any exact reasons, and everything I thought about her disappeared with a wave of disappointment. It is a degradation that doesn’t suit the 21st century, don’t you think? Also, I didn’t like that she idulges to everyone so she could get what she wants even though she doesn’t achieve what she has on her mind. I didn’t particularly like her, but she had her moments indeed.
Generally, I think the problem with his book is that it reminds me of Too Late by Hoover way too much. It is a story that was published on Wattpad and it’s recently published as a physical book too. Also there were elements of Ugly Love which is the first book by this author that I read and which I pretty much liked. It feels like the author repeats herself from book to book and that that would be and issue if I read all of her other books too.
The best parts of the book were definitely the beginning and the ending where we actually get to meet the characters, their life circumstances and where we have the best sight of them. Everything in-between was tepid and unimpressive. It seems like the writing style is different in the beginning/end and in the middle. In the first case the words have weight and importance, while the middle feels rushed. General impression is that the story had an extremely huge potential that was not used enough. But from the brighter side, I hope the show will show the story in the better light and from what I’ve seen in the trailer, I think it will. You can see the trailer here.
The songs that remind me of the book:
Rockabye – Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie                                                                   •Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes
Have you read Confess? Do you love the books by Colleen Hoover?
Until the next post,
Jana sends you hugs!♥

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