Tuesday 7 February 2023

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover | Book Review

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Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4/5
Publisher: Montlake
Publication date: 10th December 2019

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.

This was my third attempt at a Colleen Hoover book and I am so glad I gave her another chance.

Regretting You opens with Morgan, Chris, Jonah and Jenny as teens at a party with Morgan discovering she is pregnant with Chris's baby. 

Fast-forward to present day, Morgan and Chris are married and their daughter Clara is sixteen. Jonah has returned after almost 17 years away (he left right after the aforementioned party) and he now has a baby with Jenny, Morgan's sister, after a one-night stand.

After a tragic accident, their lives are thrown into disarray with a lot of secrets spilling out. Clara is trying to navigate her first relationship, the loss of two of her favourite people and a strained relationship with her mother.

I wasn't a fan of Clara for the majority of the book but I have to admit that I absolutely loved the development of all of the characters. I love how they grew together and understood one another. It had depth. I did feel a little awkward about sexual encounters featuring sixteen and seventeen year olds though.

This book was very emotional and was very well-written in terms of showing hurt and betrayal. Special brownie points for the Twenty One Pilots mention. My favourite Colleen Hoover book so far.

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