All Your Perfects
Series : N/A
Publisher : Atria Books
Source : Publisher (S&S AUS)
Release Date : August 2018
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us—whose writing is “emotionally wrenching and utterly original” (Sara 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?
It’s time for a break?
That is the question I ponder as I sit down to write this review. I must admit, I was one of the thousands of readers that fell in love with Hoover and her writing when she gave us the Slammed trilogy. Then she cemented it for me with Maybe Someday. That was four years ago and since then I have had a mix success with her books. I was one who adored her books right up to a point that I thought would never come and it did.
I took a break from her last two releases , not being able to connect It Ends with Us at the time and never went back to it Having other books caught my interest and TBR constantly changing, it slipped through the cracks.
Until the lead up to this release, when I was reminder I had not done my yearly ritual of devouring the latest Hoover novel and counting the days till the next. This book was on my radar and I was determined to have a different reading experience . As usual I went in blind , knowing my enjoyment rested on being unbiased and able to form my own conclusions.
Well it lead myself to this dilemma as whilst I overall found it an enjoyable book. It made me question things though.
All Your Perfects is women’s fiction that reminds me easily of other great works from the same publisher. To be honest when I really got going and found myself lost in the story. I was easy drawn to making parallels between Hoover’s previous books and the writing of others. Subject matter, the style and connection made me think as I read this book. Let me get it straight though, marriage is a topic that can be found in countless of woman fiction books. It’s a subject we as woman can easy relate to and it always makes a great plot device.
However there are only a few authors can do what Hoover does with her latest novel. Explore the scared bonds of marriage and get down to the nitty grittiness without becoming overwhelming and tragic. It confronts things in a way that make sense , going about it a fashion that half linear and half non linear leading up to that point. The point of no return.
Told in a similar format to some of her other books, All Your Perfects follows our couple Quinn and Graham through the highs and lows in then and now. Their story is not a game change. They represent the issues that countless of couples go through, all bundle into one story. One relationship that begin on a seemingly low note and built to what is now, at a stalemate. Yet those moments what defines the book. Hoover walks through their now and then, highlighting the little things have become mundane. The problems that once they thought would make them closer have made them further apart.
Both of these characters aren’t flawed need rescuing from themselves as they can’t function as human beings. They both are ordinary characters caught up in a situation that can’t seem to find a solution to . It’s not an overnight fix and this story shows that love can only do so much.
The matters of the heart is a tricky subject, Hoover doesn’t disappoint in that regards. Whilst retaining the style readers are familiar with. She has adapted for this book and grown as a writer to do this story justice. Whilst I couldn’t help draw parallels it is a side effect of reading so many books and only reading a few books that go close to the heart like this do. This book stands on its merits. Lead by a couple that you can help fall in love with. Graham the sexy accountant and Quinn the ad writer determined to make her own way. You can help fall in love with their story in then as they fight against the world for the pain it caused them. It makes a stark contrast with the now which allows to deliver the impact that you would expect given it’s women fiction and the issues are tough.
Overall Hoover didn’t do less than I expected of her. It was a read of a different kind that shows Hoover maturity as a writer and enjoyed it generally.
Do I like this new direction Hoover is going in , Yes in a nutshell. It reminds of other books I enjoyed in the women’s fiction genre and it wasn’t too bad. However I miss the Hoover that made want to shout from the rooftops . As an author evolved with their writing. So does a reader, tastes change and I wonder what this next chapter of her writing career will bring . I don’t the hate direction but I’m finding myself not connecting as much I used to and left me pondering if was time for a break . I’m not at the stage where I will say it’s break up time as I still enjoy the reading experience and her style.
However All Your Perfects , made me question things in a way that I hadn’t before. Not because of the subject matter, but rather who the writer was of the story. Would I expected something like this from an author I adored for new adult who now writes women’s fiction. No but time and maturity does wonders and All Your Perfects is a typical Hover novel on a different level.