Regretting You – Colleen Hoover

3.5

I’m giving this book a 3.5 star rating – I’ve recently discovered Colleen Hoover after reading the insanity that is known as Verity. I love finding authors I enjoy and reading other books they’ve written.

I’m kind of torn on Regretting YouI enjoyed this book and blew through it pretty quickly, but I feel like it was lacking something. Maybe I feel this way because I didn’t particularly connect with any of the characters? I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I did enjoy this book and think fans of Colleen Hoover will love this.

Morgan and Chris are high school sweethearts whom had their daughter Clara at just 17 years old. During their teenage years, Morgan and her sister Jenny were inseparable as were Chris and Jenny’s boyfriend, Jonah. The four of them did everything together and had the type of close-knit relationship where none of them questioned if Jenny and Chris would hang out with each other and vice versa.

Morgan and Clara have a difficult mother-daughter relationship; Morgan is extremely hard on her and is constantly worrying that Clara will make the same mistake she did at such a young age. Despite Clara’s dreams to become a famous actress, Morgan wants her to be practical and realistic. Chris is their family rock, but when he is involved in a tragic accident involving Jenny, Morgan is left with more questions than answers.

Everything Morgan thought she knew about love and loyalty is shattered in an instant. She and Clara’s worlds come crashing down and the more they go through the grieving process, the more sticky and complicated things become.

Regretting You is a whirlwind; there is A LOT of drama with every character experiencing grief, heartache, love, confusion, happiness, etc. It really is the works in terms of emotions covered across one book! Each chapter is told in alternating view points between Clara and Morgan, so at times the book can feel very young adult-ish. However, I enjoyed seeing inside each of their mind’s and how they perceived one another. I think it’s important to mention that this book has a very strong male presence; each male character is powerful and extremely important to the plot of this book; Chris, Jonah and Clara’s boyfriend Miller.

I thought I would easily connect with the characters because grief is a huge part of this book, but for some reason I didn’t. I certainly understand how grief can sometimes make you feel (and go) crazy, but I found my relation to the characters to be surface-level. BUT, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’m not seeking books that are heavy and deep at this time, so reading something a little more light-hearted with a busy story line is just what I’m looking for right now.

I recommend this book if you’re a fan of Colleen Hoover and looking for a story to redirect your anxious mind. You’ll easily get swept up in these character’s lives as you bounce from one dramatic chapter to the next!

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