Published by Atria on 07/17/2018
Quinn and Graham's perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.
All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?
I read All Your Perfects straight through, in one sitting, without stopping. I consider reading a book “in one sitting” if it’s over a very short period of time, even if there’s some breaks in there. This may be the first time I’ve ever truly read a book in one sitting.
I couldn’t stop reading. I had to know what happened. I kept thinking that if only I kept reading, I’d get past the pain, I’d get some answers, I’d have some inkling that there was certainly a happy ending. And the next thing I knew, I was done.
This was the first time that I was kind of upset with myself for not reading the synopsis. Although, I think that if I had, I may not have had the courage to read the book at all, and while it was far from easy, I’m still glad that I did.
Colleen Hoover is an excellent writer, and this book was no exception. Something about the way she writes rarely fails to evoke emotion from me. I started crying around 30% and feel like I cried until the last page. I kept crying even after it was over. I’ll admit, I think a large part of the reason why is because there were some things in the book that hit a little too close to home for me, and it was painful to experience those feelings again. But even without that, this is a very emotionally charged book.
But I think it also carries an important message. Life is rarely how you imagine it will be. You can dream and plan and prepare as much as you want, but life doesn’t always go the way you expect it to. For some, it might be small things, for others, it might be in much larger ways. But in most cases, and certainly in mine, it doesn’t make that life any less beautiful.
I can imagine that this book will be incredibly hard for some people to read. I don’t like spoilers, I don’t particularly care for trigger warnings, and I won’t give them to you. But if you are especially sensitive to certain subject matter, I would seek out some information on at least a couple of the issues addressed in this book before you decide to read it. Or at the very least, emotionally prepare yourself before you start it.
Just know that I really do think this is a book worth reading. There’s a lot of beauty within the pages, even amongst the pain and heartache. It’s not like other Colleen Hoover books that I’ve read. It’s not quite as quirky as she normally can be, but I actually enjoyed that. Guard your heart, then read this book.
I really have to agree with Tara here. While this is not really a dual review, shes expressed many of the same reactions I had to this story.
All Your Perfects is told in an alternating past/present narrative, which I normally do not enjoy. However, Hoover’s choice here is an important one that I came to understand and respect. As the plot advances, the present chapters become increasingly more difficult to read and the characters nearly unlikable. When they would end, I felt sweet relief. And when the past chapters, full of the beautiful parts of the way a relationship begins and develops, I started to feel anxious because I knew the next chapter would be a mess. This flip/flop really moved the story forward and the emotional up and down made for an engaging reading experience, one I’ve not had from a Hoover book in some time.
Many important themes can be found throughout. Love and sacrifice, self-preservation, family, honesty, parenthood, among many others. The story is full of powerful and memorable sentiments without being inauthentic or pushy. I could connect to these messages, and found myself even recreating my own paradigms about what a marriage should be. (I have a master’s. Let me use words like paradigm, okay?)
Can I say I hate cover though? It is truly terrible. It is completely off the mark and does absolutely nothing to highlight this powerful and thought provoking story.
I have no doubt that CoHo fans will rank All Your Perfects at the top of their “CoHo Favorites” list. It is well deserving of its recent accolades and I encourage you to grab a copy for yourself.