Colleen Hoover Books That Deserve The Hype

Lindsey Martin, Staff Writer

When you think about Tik Tok some things that could come to mind include relatable videos, jokes about recent events, dance trends, and even slightly odd live streams you may come across during your scroll on the app. Something that has gained popularity over the past few years, however, is “Booktok”. This part of the social media platform is centered around book reviews such as videos on what people would recommend and books that they wouldn’t recommend. After spending some time on this part of the app, I noticed one particular author being brought up constantly, that being Colleen Hoover. This immediately sparked my interest and I felt inspired to read a book of hers. After reading six books in total so far by Hoover, I will give my insight and summary about a few novels and reveal whether or not they are worth reading. 

It Ends with Us (2016)

Is it worth reading? YES 

Rank out of Five Stars: ★★★★★ 

This book follows Lily Bloom, a graduated college student, and her complex and intricate love life. At the beginning of the novel she meets Ryle Kincaid, who is a trained surgeon, and they slowly start to fall in love. But things start to get messy when someone important from her past enters the picture. Lily will have to make a life-changing decision about which lover she will end up with. 

This novel was a solid five stars for me because of how the author shaped well-rounded and likable characters that make you root for them, even if you shouldn’t. Hoover takes readers through the lens of Lily which changed my perspective as a reader and makes me agree with the character and have the same thoughts as them. Through her creative and artistic writing, Hoover addressed serious topics and issues that are still happening today which could spread awareness. 

Ugly Love (2014)

Is it worth reading? YES 

Rank out of Five Stars: ★★★★★

In the novel “Ugly Love”, Hoover delivered a heart-breaking and gut-wrenching story centered around Tate Collins and airline pilot Miles Archer. While they may be far from love at first sight, there is undeniable attraction and desire between them. As their relationship shifts and alters, the reader slowly learns about Miles and his tragic and devastating past that will have an effect on his current bond with Tate. As their love story unfolds, the characters grow and evolve along the way, even when the love is ugly.

I ranked “Ugly Love” deserves five stars because of how well Hoover developed these characters while showing the uglier side of love and how to move on from your past. The ending was emotional, and heart-rending and will most likely make you cry; if that’s the kind of book you’re looking for. 

Confess (2015)

Is it worth reading? YES

Rank out of Five Stars: ★★★★

In the novel, we are introduced to Auburn, who meets Owen, an artist located in Dallas. Despite this unexpected encounter, Auburn can’t deny her feelings for the artist and decides to take a chance with him. However, a huge secret that Owen is hiding will eventually start to threaten Auburn and the people she loves and she will have to decide whether or not it’s worth sacrificing her soulmate. 

Overall I enjoyed this novel but it isn’t one of my favorites Hoover. The plot was intriguing at times but it didn’t keep my interest throughout the duration of the novel. Compared to some of her other books, this one didn’t quite stand out to me and I would consider it to be forgettable. That being said, however, If you’re looking for a cute and easy-to-read romantic novel, then this is definitely the book for you and will for sure take you on a rollercoaster.