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A tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it…

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

BOOK REVIEW: All Your Perfects

Colleen Hoover

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I promise that I will love you more during the storms than I will love you during the perfect days. I promise to love you more when you’re hurting than when you’re happy. I promise to love you more when we’re poor than when we’re swimming in riches. I promise to love you more when you’re crying than when you’re laughing. I promise to love you more when you’re sick than when you’re healthy. I promise to love you more when you hate me than when you love me.

There are some stories that move you so deeply and so unexpectedly, that you end up shedding buckets of tears in the end, feeling too much all at once. As I read the last few pages of this beautiful book, I could barely see the words through all my tears, because nothing prepared me for the sheer emotion running through this stunning, wrenching, gem of a novel. This is the story of an anonymous epidemic affecting so many families, and one couple’s struggle to save their crumbling marriage from divorce as life continues to deny them the one thing they long for the most. I don’t know how Colleen Hoover manages to create such authentic, heartfelt stories time and time again, leaving us utterly breathless and incoherent in their aftermath, but I do know that this book is one of my absolute favourites. Ever.

People are led to believe that a marriage ends only when the love has been lost. When anger replaces happiness. When contempt replaces bliss. But Graham and I aren’t angry at each other. We’re just not the same people we used to be.

Graham and Quinn might have met at one of the lowest points in both their lives, but the instant spark between them felt fated and impossible to ignore. Their whirlwind romance was picture-perfect from the start, yet when we meet them years later, we find them grappling with very real obstacles in their marriage, barely talking about their problems, and hiding their pain and grief behind smiles that never reach their eyes. Told in fragments, their story cuts between past and present, between their happiest and their most difficult of times, to reveal an unflinching portrait of two people whose pain has made them forget their most important vows to one another. And every single glimpse into their happy past only makes their present woes all the more saddening to witness.

“Every day, I miss you. When I’m at work, I miss you. When I’m home, I miss you. When you’re next to me in bed, I miss you. When I’m inside you, I miss you.”

As the whole story is told in her voice, in Quinn we find a woman who is drowning in grief and shame as she comes to terms with the very real possibility that her greatest wish in life might never come true. Time and time again, she hopes for joy but prepares for devastation—a feeling she’s grown accustomed to in all the years she believes she’s failed her marriage—and her pain is so real at times, it took my breath away.

I haven’t felt alive inside in years. I’ve slowly been rotting away, and that rot is now eating at my marriage to the point that I can no longer hide it.

A marriage on the brink of divorce between two people who’ve forgotten how to communicate with one another, Graham and Quinn’s story is cutting and honest until the very last page, paced to perfection and incredibly relatable, and told in Colleen Hoover’s unique style, full of short, crisp sentences that pack a punch and a half. While not a ‘light summer read’, this wonderful novel will fill your heart with hope and have you dying to discuss it with someone else who’s read it. And if you’re anything like me, the ending will leave you smiling through the ugly tears.

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No matter how much you love someone—the capacity of that love is meaningless if it outweighs your capacity to forgive.

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Oh my gosh this book! It took me two evenings to read this and that was because I had to put it down so many times because the emotions were just too much. So many gut wrenching scenes. So expertly written and now days later it’s still on my mind making it hard to get into a new book!

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