Genre: Contemporary Romance / Fiction
“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”
Super Short Recap: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?
Review: All Your Perfects is an emotionally charged, extremely sad, heartbreaking tale. And I LOVED it.
This story is not your typical romance. It’s not the traditional: Girl meets boy. They fall in love. They get over some obstacle and then live HEA (Happily-Ever-After). Do not begin reading this book with that mindset. This book occurs after the HEA. It’s about a marriage on the brink of divorce with a plot that switches between the Then (how they met / how the fell) and the Now (how they got to this sad place). Normally, I’m not really into novels that switch between past and present; however the Then in All Your Perfects adds so much to the Now that it is easy to overlook.
Then: Quinn and Graham’s story starts off in a perfectly dramatic fashion then their relationship develops into this extremely intense / romantic / all encompassing kind of love……..
Now: Quinn and Graham are in a dark place in their marriage. Their relationship is plagued with infertility / misunderstandings / miscommunication. It’s no longer passionate. It’s depressing.
I don’t know if you have read Colleen Hoover before. But let me tell you….Colleen Hoover is a rare, beautiful talent. She writes the most emotional stories. Her books have a way of wrecking your mind and soul. There is an extremely heartbreaking verbal fight scene between Quinn and Graham that rocked me to my core. And the ending….those last two or three chapters…..well, I don’t want to give it away but let’s just say…it’s emotionally fierce.
Recommendation: Quinn and Graham’s story is perfect. This is a great read for when you are wanting a story that has ALL THE FEELS.
Off The Grid / On A Personal Level: Going off my normal path of a book review……I’ve been married for a little less than a decade now. Marriage is wonderful but it is also hard and compromising and time consuming. It is not cupcakes and rainbows 24/7 because life happens. So when I read the following line, it hit me right in the gut….. “Our marriage hadn’t been perfect. No marriage is perfect. There were times when she gave up on us. There were even more times when I gave up on us. The secret to longevity is that we never gave up at the same time.” Thank you, Colleen Hoover. That is one of the most realistic quotes on marriage I have ever read.