Series: Standalone Novel
Published by Atria on 7/17/18
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us—whose writing is “emotionally wrenching and utterly original” (Sarah Shepard, New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series)—delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.
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?
How do you even begin to describe a book like this?! It feels impossible, daunting! All Your Perfects is a brutally exquisite read that forces every emotion out of you. It’s heart wrenching, poignant, and so hopeful. We couldn’t put it down. Below you will find our 5 star reviews. We loved it. And for me (Angie) this is my #1 read of the year. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to get over it. It’s so incredible. Truly fantastic. We NEED you to read this. It’s going to break you and heal you! Simply the best.
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6 “There is nothing better than this” Stars!
I’ll be honest, I was scared going into this book. I knew it was going to be angsty. I knew I’d cry. From friends who had read it, from seeing comments here and there, I expected pain. What I did not expect was to be completely broken, and it’s safe to say that I have never felt pain like I did while reading All Your Perfects. Sure, I’ve had my heart crushed in books before, but not like this. Never like this. I’m still reeling. This story is powerful. A raw, poignant portrait of the breakdown of a marriage. And man does it hurt, it hurts because it’s so indescribably real! From start to finish, the reality of this couples issues suffocate you. Page after page it gets harder, grittier, deeper, until you’re so consumed you can’t exist outside of the story. It becomes everything—all you see, breathe, feel. Wholly compelling, so very very very real. Honestly, the BEST BOOK I’ve read in 2018. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.
All Your Perfects is the kind of novel where you know the difficult road traveled leads to a lesson that permanently marks you. And that’s what it did to me. It marked me, leaving cuts and bruises and bloody hand prints all over my heart. I can’t describe it. It physically affected me. Mentally drained me. Emotionally scarred me. It was a reading experience I can’t do justice. And I’m so breathless from it. So moved by it. So fucking wrecked. It’s a crazy feeling. So much of me is almost numb as I write this review (it’s the day after I finished), but so much is also alive. I’m looking at my husband, thinking things, deep things, and I feel a perspective shift happening inside me. Graham and Quinn’s story has such sorrow in it but it also such profound hope, and that’s what truly shined in the end.
Moving from past to present, All Your Perfects shows us Quinn and Graham’s budding relationship at the start, while also flipping to the decaying state their marriage is currently in. And man, you’re ravaged by this couple. It’s brutal yet exquisite as you read about these two people who were once so in love, so happy, so free and fun and fantastic that are now completely consumed by pain and sadness, hopelessness and frustration. I know that I felt tortured by it, itchy inside of my skin. My heart bled and pounded and cried, and at times felt like it was trying to claw it’s way out my chest. I was so deeply affected by this couples struggles. What happens to Quinn and Graham can happen to anyone, and that’s why it’s so painful. There is not one moment of unbelievability in this story. Every word is an accurate portrayal of what can happen in a marriage when you focus on the things you can’t have, when you begin to let the negatives frame your outlook and consume you.
Colleen Hoover is a strong writer and storyteller. This is only my 4th book of hers—I’ve read Slammed, Hopeless, It Ends with Us, and now All Your Perfects—and I’m so impressed. All Your Perfects feels like a story that people need. I truly think this book will help couples. It’ll change perspectives, open eyes, heal marriages, make you assess your heart and actions. It’s powerful. I’m still so very overwhelmed by it, and I know I haven’t said much about the plot but I’m giving nothing away. This is THE BOOK OF THE YEAR. It’s beyond anything you’ll read. Just dive in, feel all those feels. I’ll know I’ll never forget this story. It’s seared on my soul, in my brain. I’ll remember the vivid details, the tangible feelings it induced. It’s everything. Unforgettable. Truly profound. Absolutely heart wrenching. Incredibly beautiful. And I just loved it. I love it with every fiber of my being. I can’t recommend it enough. GO. READ.
5 “This was everything” Stars!
It’s so much easier to focus on the things that are wrong than on all the things that are right in any given situation. In life, in the news, in books and movies, in humanity, in relationships, we allow the defects and imperfections to outweigh the good without even realizing we’re doing it. We’re programmed to be overly critical rather than positive. Our flaws tend to overshadow our attributes every single time. With All Your Perfects, Colleen Hoover takes a seemingly perfect couple and poignantly demonstrates the devastating breakdown of their happiness when the kinks and cracks in their relationship become consuming, when their perfects are dimmed by their flaws. This is an all too real portrayal of a marriage slipping away because of circumstances so many readers will undoubtedly relate to. It’s a story that I grew more immersed in with each turn of the page, a story so intense I needed to take breaks as I read, a story that’s perfectly imperfect in both its simplicity and its complexity, a story that altered my perspective on every single thing by the time I was finished.
I’ve read a handful of stories recently that evolve the way this story does, with alternating chapters flashing between the past and the present. It might be one of my most favorite ways to read a romance, watching the couple fall in love one minute and fall apart the next but not knowing exactly how it will all end until it does. It’s both sad and beautiful, exciting and heartbreaking all at once. It makes for such an emotional read, a confusing tug of war of the heartstrings and I just loved it.
The fall into love between Graham and Quinn is quintessential Colleen Hoover but still feels very new and fresh and unexpected. Their relationship in the ‘past’ chapters is quirky and adorable, peppered with humor and lust. I loved being in those chapters so much, experiencing the relationship in its early days before everything gets difficult. The ‘present’ chapters though, while harder to read considering how cracked and crinkled their relationship has become, are also an all consuming, addictive experience. Quinn and Graham’s troubles broke my heart. The tender moments between this couple filled me with so much hope for them, so much joy, but the heartbreaking wedge between them that seems to grow by the day cuts deep. I couldn’t get enough. I couldn’t catch my breath. I couldn’t stop reading.
True to form, Colleen Hoover pens another wholly absorbing love story of romance and humor, but one that’s woven seamlessly with a very relevant struggle that so many marriages can relate to. If you can’t personally relate to it, you will still undoubtedly be moved by it. I wasn’t expecting to be quite as effected by this particular storyline as I have by others from this author, but it truly forces you to empathize, to grow into a more conscientious, more sensitive human being. It also makes you think about what’s most important. This story is as relevant as it is romantic. It’s a brilliant story of learning how to see the perfects when the flaws war so mightily for your attention. It’s a story about fighting your way out of the dark when the light has dimmed all your perfects. This story will be hard to read for many, but it’s truly a beautifully gut wrenching yet profoundly important story that serves as a reminder that we can’t let the bad outweigh the good. It’s a hopeful, achingly joyful love story about never losing sight of what really matters and I thought it was just fantastic.
About the Author
COLLEEN HOOVER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Maybe Not, Ugly Love, Confess, November 9, It Ends with Us, and Without Merit. Colleen has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three times—for Confess in 2015, It Ends with Us in 2016, and Without Merit in 2017. Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Visit ColleenHoover.com.