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All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books on July 17, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Quinn and Graham have a perfect love story, but their unique connection is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart, day by heartbreaking day. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair. So do they risk it? Is their history worth saving?
All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple struggling with a relatable issue – infertility – whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. In Colleen Hoover’s inimitable style and brilliant narrative voice, this heartbreaking page-turner asks: Can a resounding love with a fairytale beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?
All Your Perfects is as beautiful as it is ugly. Colleen Hoover takes a “perfect” marriage, deconstructing it, and giving us a glimpse of how easy it is to be so heartbroken that not even love is enough. This story could be anyone’s. It probably fits the criteria that many of use married couples have faced. Maybe not exactly the same but enough of it to fit. I always say that marriage is wonderful, but far from easy. Colleen Hoover takes that sentiment on, telling Quinn and Graham’s story so eloquently, it will gut you.
As quickly as I was enthralled by Quinn and Graham, I quickly became despondent. This story is so tragic, heartbreaking, that I need to take breaks from the sadness. It envelopes you, it reminds you how easy it is to get caught up in your bubble that you forget to actually see what’s happening all around you. Each partner has a role to play and watching each of these characters succumb to their reality was…difficult. I think any married person can relate to the issues facing this couple, the constraints we put on ourselves, the adjustments we make to protect our partners, all the things we do for love and for ourselves. The truth is, love is all a bed of roses. There are hard times, there are sad times, there are times when you question whether you can go on. It takes a lot of effort to remember the good, when it’s so easy to see the bad.
I’m not often a fan of stories told in “then” and “now,” however I think All Your Perfects wouldn’t have worked any other way. I needed to know how it began and I need the recovery time from the deep sadness of the “now” chapters. Those reminders of how it all started, give the reader hope that maybe, just maybe there will be a way to get back to those easier times. When our love is so new and fresh it can conquer anything, when we know in hearts we’ll love our partner forever and ever. Hoover’s storytelling is always unique, quirky, fun even when it’s sad. This is one of those stories that covers all those bases. It’s poignant, sweet, heart wrenching, and terribly sad, it’s perfectly imperfect.
All Your Perfects is a beautiful reminder that there is something worth fighting for even when it seems like there isn’t. Don’t let your struggles hold you back from the love you deserve. Some love stories really are worth fighting for.
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *