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Book Review: Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

Title: Regretting You
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: December 10, 2019
Page count: 363

“Sometimes you have to walk away from the fight in order to win it.”

It took me a while to pick up this book because of everything that’s happened these past few months. To think that we were home quarantined since March because of the pandemic, I should have finished lots of books but I was distracted and can’t focus on a single book. Also, our office enforced the WFH arrangement so I was mostly working during weekdays. I began reading this late February before the lock down and only managed to finish last April. I think I got to the point where I just needed to clear my mind off things and just get back to my books.

Anyway, Regretting You surely was refreshing and I really loved the characters especially that of Clara and  Miller. The story centers on Morgan and Clara after they face a terrible accident in the family. Both struggle to face the aftermath after a discovery that changes their lives forever.

“Grown-ups might not have their shit figured out any more than we do. They just wear more-convincing masks. That disappoints me.”

I love how Morgan tries her best to protect Clara, always putting her feelings before hers. But it breaks my heart everytime Morgan remembers and the only thing she can do is cry. I commend her for being strong and I think that’s what all mothers would do just to protect their daughter. I don’t approve Clara’s behavior most of the time but I understand her. She makes mistakes because she’s young, she does stupid things because she’s hurt and I think she’s just wanting to move on from what happened. The two tiptoe around each other, simply waiting whoever explodes first.

There’s mostly drama in the book but also mixed with romance. I’m a sucker for romance so I totally enjoyed the romance between the characters. How they emotionally help each other and how they try to cope with their lost even though it hurts them all. Jonah is one of my favorites. He reminds me a lot of another character from Colleen’s other book, I forgot his name, which I also loved! He has complex feelings which he tries to bury by walking away but to no avail. Miller is my most favorite and his Gramps is the sweetest! They’re both adorable and I like how Clara confide in them.

“He’s looking at me like he was in that picture. Full of heartache. Or maybe this is what Jonah looks like when he loves something so much it hurts.”

One thing I love about Colleen is the way she makes characters you won’t help but love no matter how fragile or imperfect (but most of the time perfect) they are. She writes characters you will relate with, ones that will surely leave a mark on your heart. And that ending is surely adorable!


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