Thrill Your Mind at Home with “Confess” by Colleen Hoover

Are you finding yourself at home bored, wanting excitement, or craving romance or thrills during this quarantine? If you can’t experience your excitement or romance at this time in your home, then live it through Auburn Reed and Owen Gentry in a book called “Confess” by Colleen Hoover. 

This book was first published in March of 2015 and, that same year, won Good Reads Choice where it received an average, 4.23 rating from over 116,844 people. It was published as a paperback in 2017 and there is no book to read before or after this one since it isn’t part of a series. It’s available to purchase through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Thriftbooks, or as an Audible. 

A 20-year-old woman named Auburn Reed must rebuild her life after a tragedy occurs; she has no room for trouble or mistakes. As she finds herself lost and confused in the world, she passes by a job opening at a Dallas art studio. She doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the Studios artist, Owen Gentry. Struggling to trust him but unable to stop her heart from taking control, she soon finds out Owen has more secrets than she thought. His current situation and past could destroy everything she loves most. Feeling like she has no choice, she must cut him out of her life–but is her infatuation in him too great that it’s even possible? (HOOVER, COLLEEN. CONFESS. ATRIA Books, 2017)

As I was looking for a book to read during my extra week of spring break, I wanted that feeling where you’re so engaged that you can’t put the book down unless you have to. As I was floating around Barnes and Noble looking for something that would hopefully give me that feeling, I came across this book. The cover gave me a familiar feeling like I’ve seen it before. I remembered that a couple of years ago I was searching through Pinterest to find a book, looking under top books or reads for adults. I came across many categories and books, but I remember this cover and summary had caught my attention. It seemed like other book genres I’ve read that I liked so I purchased it. After reading the first two chapters the following morning, I knew I was going to enjoy the rest of the book. The chapter switches narratives from Auburns to Owens so instead of seeing one character’s mind, perspective and insight of everything, you get to see both. I had never read a book that switched between two characters, but I loved reading both of their feelings and thoughts towards each other and the world. It felt like I was inside their heads, the way they described everything that was going on. Knowing both characters’ secrets gives you a sense of power when neither of them knows each other’s. The realness in this storyline is compelling because it’s likely that someone has either been in or could have been in a similar situation as Auburn and Owen. 

If you like romance stories that have a good twist, plot, and happy ending, this could be a good read for you. I finished this book in less than a week, it’s 320 pages which could be a decent length for anyone. It kept me on my toes because there wasn’t a dull moment. I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars because the emotions and thoughts were described so intimately that you felt like you were in their heads. It allowed you to dig into your imagination and relate to similar things you have felt or thought of. It wasn’t cheesy or overdone but rather realistic and deep. The story could be frustrating at times because of certain characters making choices that one might not agree with or see eye to eye to, but I had to understand that everyone is different because of what they have lived through and if I haven’t lived through similar things then I wouldn’t understand that particular feeling.