Review: Regretting You by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover

Review: Regretting You by Colleen Hoover @colleenhooverRegretting You by Colleen Hoover
on December 10, 2017
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us comes a poignant 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.

Colleen Hoover’s writing is understated genius. She writes about ordinary people in such an extraordinary way. Regretting You is another example of that genius. Secrets, lies and betrayal tear at the fabric of this family. Getting to know Morgan and Clara, witnessing the tension, grief, and pain that leads to selflessness, growth and discovery in their relationship was truly a special experience. If you’ve been a mother or a daughter you know this relationship is hard to define. Ever changing and essential. Hoover, gets it on every level.

The timing and choice to tell the story from both Morgan and Clara’s points of view are spot on. I could not put this novel down. I read it cover to cover (with a box of Kleenex). I could easily put myself in both Clara and Morgan’s shoes which was a unique feeling. This mother and daughter were often times at odds, so the balance in the story for me came in the form of two incredible men, Jonah and Miller. Instantly likeable, but more than that they are honest, real and incredibly important. Both with a story to tell as well.

Regretting You shines a magnifying glass on parenthood, family, relationships and the roles we play throughout a lifetime. It tackles difficult choices and unthinkable moments and does so with grace, humor and of course love. Hoover’s writing is impactful and I find myself more thoughtful and introspective coming out the other side. A must read.


About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover’s love for writing began in 1985 when she was five years old. Her first story was titled “Mystery Bob” and was a huge hit with her mother, who was really good at faking interest.
Colleen continued to write short stories for friends and family until December of 2011, when she decided to write a long story she titled, “Slammed.” She self-published SLAMMED to Amazon in January, 2012 and it hit the NYT’s bestsellers list in May, 2012. She has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and now has six NYT’s bestsellers. Colleen prefers to be called a writer, as the term “author” still terrifies her and makes this feel like a job with expectations. She doesn’t work well under pressure and hopes writing will always remain fun and exciting.

You can follow Colleen on Instagram and Twitter @colleenhoover. You can also find her on her blog at where she holds a daily book-a-day giveaway, or on her very active Facebook page at where she loves to give away more free stuff when her husband isn’t looking.

Colleen also wants the world to know that writing short biographies in third person is incredibly awkward.

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