Book Review | Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ /5
Trigger Warnings: Detailed scene of a car accident, Driving while under the influence, Suicidal Thoughts
CoHo did it again. Well, for me it definitely did. Reminders of Him was just released a couple of weeks ago and I finished reading it within 2 days. I don’t know how I did it with everything that’s going on right now but I did it.
If you don’t know it by now, CoHo is my favorite author of all time. Her writing is just… mesmerizing. I don’t really know how to explain it but her stories just get to me. In every possible way.
Synopsis (No Spoilers)
Reminders of Him follows a single mother, Kenna, who has been through a lot in her life and up to her present life, is still going through a lot. The story follows her emotional journey on how she deals with her past and also coping with her present.
My Thoughts on the Book
There were a few scenarios in the book where I’d got into Kenna’s character too deep that I couldn’t carry myself to read more. It was very emotional, heart-breaking and somehow there were moments where I felt they were so close to home. But I know I had to carry through, also because the end of each page and chapter made me want more. That’s what CoHo does, she makes you yearn for more.
Although it is categorized under Romance it is more than that. It takes you on this whole realistic, emotional (I’m sorry there is no other expression that suits this) journey on how difficult it is for a person to cope with their past in order to live in the present whilst hoping for a brighter future.
This book reminds me that everyone goes through “icky” situations; whatever that might be. Unless and until we have been in their shoes, we can never know how it feels.
There was before you and there was during you. For some reason, I never thought there would be an after you.
Sometimes we do things for people we love, even though we wouldn’t choose to do those things for ourselves.
Happiness isn’t some permanent thing we’re all trying to achieve in life, it’s merely a thing that shows up every now and then, sometimes on tiny doses that are just substantial enough to keep us going.
We go forward. That’s it. It’s that simple.
Grudges are heavy, but for the people hurting the most, I suppose forgiveness is even heavier.
No matter how whole our neighbours appear on the outside, we have no idea how many broken pieces they’re made up of on the inside.
Reading is a hobby, but for some of us, it’s an escape from the difficulties we face. To all of you who escape into books, I want to thank you for escaping into this one.
If you haven’t read any of CoHo’s books, I definitely recommend this to be your first. Although deep down I do still favor November 9. Either way, you can’t go wrong with any of her books.
Somehow, CoHo and her stories have impacted me in different ways more than I can possibly imagine. I can never stop reading her books and I will never stop recommending her books. That’s how much I love her.
Reminders of Him could just possibly be my favorite book of the year although it is only January.
READ IT, GUYS. and have tissues with you. I didn’t, so my pajamas were all I had.