Thursday, August 10, 2017

TOO LATE BY COLLEEN HOOVER - BOOK REVIEW

Colleen Hoover has become one of those auto-buy authors for me. I've reached the point now where I don't even have to know what the book is about, I just have to know that she wrote it and I will be reading it.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is Too Late by Colleen Hoover.


This story follows Sloan, a twentysomething broke college student. She lives with her boyfriend, Asa, who can be a bit controlling at times but at some point, won her over. He helps pay for her little brother Stephen's medical treatment and once she has enough money saved up, she will leave him and his nefarious lifestyle far, far behind. Asa loves Sloan, maybe more than anything in the world. But he hasn't exactly come into money legally and is tired of her wanting him to get out. Both are doing well enough until Carter comes into their lives, affecting Sloan in a dangerous way and threatening Asa's livelihood.

I won't get into specific details about the content of this book because I don't want to spoil anything but I will say that this book is much more graphic than any of Hoover's previous books, both sexually and in subject matter. There are trigger warnings for sexual abuse, physical abuse, substance abuse, as well as other sensitive topics. In the intro letter, Hoover warns that this book is not for children or younger teens.

In case you are unfamiliar with this book, it is one that Hoover self-published outside of her usual publisher. Originally it began as a Wattpad story, with her writing chapters to get through writer's block. Then it became a full book, first never intended to be published in print, and later self-published by Hoover herself. The way this book came to be is really unique and led to an interesting layout. The book jumps through the three character's perspectives and then has an epilogue, a prologue at the end, and an epilogue to the epilogue. These minor details don't really change the story, but they do create an interesting ending.

I think there are some things that could have been different with this book, it definitely had that feeling of being self-published. There were a few spelling and grammatical errors, like 'trail' instead of 'trial,' just small things that an editor at a publishing house probably would have caught. I also felt like the ending was a bit odd. I think the epilogue could have just been a continuation of where the story left off and the prologue at the end could have just been a "2 years earlier" at the end.

I will say though that Hoover kept me on my toes, especially at the end of the book. Just when I thought things were calming down and being wrapped up, something new would happen and blow the story wide open again. She never ceased to surprise me with what happened throughout the book.

The story itself was good enough for me. It was by no means a masterpiece, but for something Hoover just wrote for fun, I think it was entertaining. There were a couple overly dramatic and maybe unrealistic moments, but they kept me on edge. This book was a quick and interesting read that kept me turning the pages.

Overall, a solid book from CoHo, but not one of my favourites of hers.