By: Colleen Hoover
Bookish Tip: Do not go into this book thinking you will walk away unscathed. Also, bring tissues.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us comes a poignant novel about family, first love, grief, and betrayal that will touch the hearts of both mothers and daughters.
Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.
Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.
With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.
While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.
Colleen Hoover is one BRILLIANT writer. She is a mastermind and a rare alpaca loving gem. Colleen is the queen of emotional stories and knows exactly how to pull at your heartstrings.
Having said that, I’m afraid my review of Regretting You will be that of an unpopular opinion. Is it a great book? Yes. It really is. Would I recommend it to readers? Yes. I really would. Did it pull at my heartstrings like It Ends With Us and All Your Perfects? No. It did not.
Regretting You is an emotional tale between a mother, a daughter and a betrayal that cuts so deep, one’s life will never be the same. Morgan and Clara’s lives instantly change in a matter of seconds and they are both left reeling in a pool of grief. Morgan does her best to protect Clara throughout the story. However, like most typical teenage girls, Clara does all she can to resist Morgan’s protection.
Readers will have their hearts continuously cracked and/or broken. Tears will be shed. Arguments will be fought. And eventually – with time – hearts will be warmed and hopefully healed. Readers will be treated to not one but two new book boyfriends in Jonah and Miller. And this story features one of the best epilogues I ever read.
So why not give Regretting You five stars? There are several reasons but two ring out more to me than the others.
Reason One: At times, I found several of the characters – Clara, Chris, and Jenny to be incredibly annoying and overwhelmingly selfish. Morgan takes the brunt of most of it. She has to endure more than any of them. If I was Morgan, I would to go to therapy because her family treats her so badly. I hope she gets more this time around in her fictional world. She deserves happiness.
Reason Two: Regretting You leaves a few too many open questions. Do I need answers to all? No. But I do want/need just a little bit more.
Overall, I do recommend reading Regretting You. It is a great, emotional read….just remember my bookish tip.
Want More Colleen Hoover?
All of Colleen Hoover books from Slammed to Verity are worth the read. But my two favorites as I said earlier are All Your Perfects and It Ends With Us. They too are emotional, poignant and powerful reads.
Slammed is also really good. It was the first Colleen Hoover I ever read and therefore will always have a special place with me. Also, it walks one fine line……