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“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”

All Your Perfects is a wonderfully written insight into marriage; into how life in all its myriad of technicolour can affect us as individuals as well as impact the love, friendship and relationship we have for and with that one significant other. Colleen Hoover writes an honest, touching and heartbreakingly accurate insight into how a devastating reality can make or break the happiness and dreams of two people who love each other fiercely.

‘A lot of people can’t pinpoint the exact moment they fall in love with another person.
I can.
It just happened.’

Quinn and Graham seemingly had it all. A love so strong borne out of meeting under difficult circumstances. Compassion turns into passion. Attraction turns into love. Everything is beautiful, fun and their lives together, just beginning. This is a story of adulting, of facing those life obstacles that throw a spanner into your dreams. Life doesn’t always play out as you wish it to, neither does it discriminate or justify itself. Sometimes what we crave to fulfil a want or an ultimate perceived happiness just never comes to fruition. How we overcome, ‘survive’ and deal individually as well as a couple paves the path for what’s to come as a consequence.

“I miss you, Quinn. So much. You’re right here, but you aren’t. I don’t know where you went or when you left, but I have no idea how to bring you back. I am so alone. We live together. We eat together. We sleep together. But I have never felt more alone in my entire life.”

These characters stole our hearts, they burrowed deep and we laughed alongside them and cried our eyes out for and with them. Colleen Hoover is a master of the written word, she’s proved that once again. She has her own unique way of writing a romance with relevance and truth; where nothing feels apologetic. Graham has a soul that’s truly beautiful and he loves with honesty and intensity. His depth of character was astounding. Yes he has his flaws; but his perfects outshine them. And are they actually flaws or mere desperation? Quinn has lost her way, her identity and her vision. What she craves to fulfil her dreams is out of reach and so everything else fades and a hard non-caring exterior is erected. She never loses sight of her love for Graham though, a love that guides decisions and actions which come from a place of despair and hope that is lost.

‘…it’s hard to admit that a marriage might be over when the love is still there.’

Marriage is not easy; anyone who tells you that marriage is filled with sunshine, rainbows and unicorns is living inside that exact fairy-land they’re describing marriage as. Marriage can be hard on the best of days no matter how filled it is with love, respect and companionship. A marriage can be tested on a daily basis or during those moments when life gives you lemons. What you make of them is the important part for survival. It’s the weathering of the storm, the dancing in the rain and the running for shelter hand in hand that’ll determine whether that storm makes or breaks that bond. A bond that doesn’t necessarily transcribe to a love lost. Merely an inability to find that love underneath the rubble afterwards.

“We’re all full of flaws. Hundreds of them. They’re like tiny holes all over our skin. And like your fortune said, sometimes we shine too much light on our own flaws. But there are some people who try to ignore their own flaws by shining light on other people’s to the point that the other person’s flaw becomes their only focus. They pick at them, little by little, until they rip wide open and that’s all we become to them. One giant, gaping flaw.”

Colleen Hoover writes a story filled with those dreaded sensitive subjects that affect so many of us. More than you’d think. You never know the struggles of another until you’ve walked in their shoes as they say. There are no rose coloured glasses here; rather she’s held a mirror up to real life and as the title suggests; with an emphasis on the fact that we all have flaws. We all have wonderful intentions, altruistic behaviour and beautiful characteristics but we also share the flaws. And as Colleen Hoover so eloquently writes; it’s what you decide to place the most emphasis on that’ll truly shine and guide how you live, how you feel, how you act and how you chose to treat others.

“If this is what our marriage is…if this is all it will ever be…just me and you…will that be enough? Am I enough for you, Quinn?”

This story was raw, highly emotional and so incredibly soulful whilst filled with angst and breaking hearts. It’s a story of love and remembering what love is and how to find -the happy- again focusing on all the perfects.

“I have loved you every single second of every day since the moment I laid eyes on you. I love you more now than I did the day I married you. I love you Quinn. I fucking love you!”

****All Your Perfects releases 17th July

Synopsis

Colleen Hoover delivers 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?

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