From Page to Screen: Confess

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*Warning: Spoilers from the novel Confess by Colleen Hoover will be in this review. Read at your own risk.*

Confess is my favorite Colleen Hoover book so when I heard it was being turned into show I had my reservations. The book was phenomenal and I just couldn’t believe a show could do it justice. But then I heard Katie Leclerc from Switched at Birth was playing Auburn and I was like, “Okay, now I’m intrigued.” So yesterday I binged watched the whole seven episode season and it was totally worth the watch.

On the show, Auburn moved to L.A. (in the novel it was Dallas, Texas) to be closer to her son A.J. and try to get custody of him from A.J.’s paternal grandmother, Lydia. On the lookout for a job, she stumbled upon a art gallery where she met Owen, who ended up hiring her for the night to help him with an art showing he was having that night. Naturally, there was strong chemistry between them but with Auburn trying to gain custody of her son Owen was the last guy she needed to fall for. He was keeping a big secret and Auburn’s association with him could be the one thing that stopped her from getting her son back.

The show definitely made some changes from the book but nothing too major. The time between A.J.’s father’s death and the present is longer (in the show it’s 10 years). Also, Auburn’s job is different. In the novel she worked at a hair salon but on the show she works in a nursing home. Additionally, her relationship with Trey was way more serious in the show than it was in the novel. Again, these changes were small and didn’t really bother me.

The only change I kind of had an issue with was how they changed Auburn’s back story and the reason why she gave up custody of A.J. to Lydia. I won’t spoil it because it doesn’t really get revealed until later on but the change seemed strange to me. As in, I don’t know why the show writer thought it was necessary. I thought the explanation behind why Auburn gave A.J. up to Lydia was fine in the novel. Still, this wasn’t such a big deal, especially in the grand scheme of things.

A change I really did enjoy was Auburn’s roommate, Emory. In the novel, she and Auburn are more friendly than actually friends. However, in the show they were actually really close. Emory and their other coworker were there for Auburn and that was something Auburn didn’t really have in the novel. She really only had Owen’s support and as much as I love Owen I liked that Auburn had friends to turn to in the show.

Overall, the show stuck to the most important parts of the novel. I loved Owen and Auburn and their chemistry was just as good as it was in the book to me. Also, I hated Lydia and Trey, A.J.’s uncle, even more in the show than I did in the book. I liked that the show proves just how manipulative Trey is because there are scenes that weren’t in the book since the book is only told in Owen and Auburn’s point of views.

The show also handled all the plot twists so well. The flashbacks were set up perfectly and I liked how the end, which is my favorite part, was revealed. Also, my favorite lines were in the show, which made me incredibly happy.

Even knowing how the show would end, I was totally hooked, which is why I watched it all in one sitting. I definitely suggest giving the show a watch, especially if you loved the novel as much as I did.

You can find Confess on go90.

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‘Me Before You’, ‘Confess’, And Other Books I Read This Month (Feb. Wrap-Up)

I read a lot of great books this month and I got a bunch of books too! Check out my first monthly wrap-up. I plan to do this at the end of every month as a recap of what I’ve read and what books I’ve either bought or was given to me during the month.


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Number Of Books I Read This Month: 11

Top Three Books I Read This Month

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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I absolutely loved this book. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, this novel follows 19-year-old Feyre who’s forced to go to Prythian, the land of faeries, with a beast that shows up at her door. Although at first she doesn’t trust him and is fearful for her life she begins to realize this beast may not be as beastly as she originally thought.

2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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This book made me cry just as much as I expected it to, which was a lot. When Louisa Clark accepts a job as a caregiver to Will Traynor, a wheelchair bound man, she doesn’t know what to expect. Although they have almost nothing common Louisa finds herself trying her best to make Will happy and show him life is worth living.

3. Confess by Colleen Hoover

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I’d never heard of Colleen Hoover until I joined bookstagram and saw her books everywhere but man I’m glad I finally dived in. Confess follows Auburn and Owen as they’re paths continue to cross and intersect, having positive and sometimes negative affects on both of their lives. Filled with twists and surprises this book kept me on my toes.

Other Books I Read This Month

Books To Buy

  1. You Were Here by Cori McCarthy
  2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  3. How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay
  4. Pushing the Limits by Brooke Cumberland
  5. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  6. Making Her His by Lucy Leroux
  7. The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters

Books To Borrow

  1. How to be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle

Books I Received This Month

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I didn’t buy any books this month because I’m currently on a book buying ban but hopefully that will change next month. Still, I did receive a box load of books from a friend of mine that works at HarperCollins Publishers. Here’s all the books I got and plan to read soon.

  1. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
  2. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  3. Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
  4. Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi
  5. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

What were your favorite reads of this month? Let me know in the comments below!

Book Review: Confess

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Synopsis from Amazon:

At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

Even though I’ve only read two books by her so far, I feel confident in saying Confess is my favorite Colleen Hoover novel. It’s just so incredibly complex, filled with twists and turns that kept me on my toes the whole time.

The novel is told in alternating point of views between Auburn and Owen. Auburn’s first love, Adam, died when she was only 15 and Auburn hasn’t had the best life since then. Meanwhile, Owen has his own struggles. His relationship with his father is strained at best as they’re both still reeling from the car accident that killed Owen’s mother and brother years ago.

Whether you believe in fate or not this book will at least make you question the idea. Auburn and Owen are brought together when Owen needs help running his art gallery for the night and that spurs a chain reaction of events that ultimately change Auburn and Owen’s lives forever.

Honestly, I highly recommend this book. I cried, laughed, and I just really need this book on my shelf so I can read it again and again. If Auburn and Owen’s story doesn’t tug at your heart strings I don’t know what will. Seriously, this is a must read.

Borrow or Buy: Buy!!

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.”

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12 Book Boyfriends To Spice Up Your Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and for those of us who don’t have plans, the best way to spend the holiday is with a good book. And why not a book with the man of your dreams? Here’s who I plan on spending my V-Day with. Who’s your favorite book boyfriend? Let me know in the comments below!

1. Owen Gentry (Confess)

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I just finished this book and I’m still not over it. Owen is amazing. He’s cute, funny, and so incredibly sweet. This book was incredible and so is Owen.

2. Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices)

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I love Will. Not only does he love books but he quotes them with ease. He’s a man after my own heart.

3. Etienne St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss)

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St. Clair is a Brit who grew up in America who can speak French. Talk about multicultural. Besides that he’s also hot, sweet, and an all around good guy.

4. Josh Wasserstein (Isla and the Happily Ever After)

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Oh Josh. He’s got some issues that he needs to work through but despite his struggles he still mentions to be so incredibly loving towards Isla and it’s wonderful.

5. Prince Kai (The Lunar Chronicles)

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Almost every guy in The Lunar Chronicles is one of my book boyfriends but Kai has a special place in my heart. The way he falls so hard for Cinder is so endearing and cute.

6. Levi (Fangirl)

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Levi is such a cute, tall dork. I love how he just gets Cath and her fangirl ways. Any guy that willingly listens to a girl read her fanfiction is a great guy in my book.

7. Prince Maxon Schreave (The Selection)

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Maxon and America are my OTP. The way Maxon falls head over heels for America and loves everything about her is too cute for words. He treats her like she’s already his queen.

8. Tobias “Four” Eaton (Divergent)

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Four is the definition of having a hard shell but being such a softy on the inside. He’s so protective of Tris and just loves her so much. It’s unbelievable.

9. Daemon Black (The Lux Series)

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Daemon has such a bad boy persona and although I hate to admit it I’m a sucker for a bad boy with a nice center. And Daemon is just that and more.

10. Raffe (Angelfall)

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Raffe is literally an angel. With wings! Well, kind of. But Raffe isn’t a sweet angel with a halo. He’s got an edge but protagonist Penryn is able to wear him down.

11. Liam Stewart (The Darkest Minds)

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If Liam’s good looks don’t immediately suck you in his Southern charm and drawl definitely will. He’s so genuine and kind, and he’ll instantly tug at your heart strings.

12. Adrian Ivashkov (Bloodlines)

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Adrian is the rich, bad boy you know you shouldn’t want but you just can’t resist his charm. Honestly, though, Adrian has a big heart and he treats his ladies right.