Book Review

Confess by Colleen Hoover

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Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

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100% honesty? I got this book around 11:30am on a Monday. I had the book finished by 11:30pm the exact same Monday. I didn’t start it until around 1pm that day, because I had some running around to do after I left the library! I also wasn’t able to read from 7:30pm to about 10:00pm because I was at my sons’ baseball game, and when it comes to sports my boys play, I’m 100% focused. I don’t take books with me to read during the games. The game was over around 9:30 and by that time, I couldn’t read in the car because it was dark.


True to CoHo style, Confess is completely different than anything else she’s written. I didn’t think Confess was a cheese, shallow book. In fact, I thought it was a realistic, deep, evocative and damn hard to put down read. If a book is slow starting out, I tend to not want to finish it, however with Confess, I could NOT put the damn thing down. Once I got further into it, I was INTO the book. As I said up above, I read this book in approximately 7-8 hours. I had told my son Michael that I would have it done by the next day so we could go back to the library, since he finished a book in a day and wanted a new one, and by golly, I kept my word. I didn’t quite realize I was going to read it nearly as quickly as I did, but hey… shit happens sometimes!


I will be honest and say that I wasn’t sure if Auburn was secretly already in a relationship with someone, even though she said she wasn’t, when we first met Owen. She kept referring to another male, but she didn’t elaborate.

“Blue is his favorite color.”
I want to ask who he is, and why she’s thinking about camping with someone whose favorite color is blue, blue, nothing but blue. But I don’t say anything, because I don’t have a right to say anything. She’s giving me two days, not forever.

I do think Owen should have been completely honest with her from the beginning but I completely understand why he wasn’t. He cared so much for Auburn, even after such a short time.

Auburn’s story touched my heart. It was so realistic. Going through such heartache at such a young age and then such a joy not even a year later couldn’t have been easy. Not one little bit. But she was strong through it all. She knows what she wants throughout the whole book and finally gets exactly what she wants. I think one thing more than the other!


Something I dislike about the New Adult stories is the fact that they draw the spotlight to those characters who are desperate for love, relationships, sex and would almost sell their soul to the devil in order to get those things. Auburn was NOT like that at all. She was a young woman who was willing to sacrifice so much for someone. A young woman who was willing to sacrifice a relationship that she wants so much, sacrifice it for someone she loves even more.

I loved how Colleen Hoover put copies of the paintings in the book in different places. I loved the idea of the confessions. I especially liked that the confessions in the book were from REAL anonymous people. That’s just awesome, I thought!

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