Regretting You - Book review
Updated: Mar 5
Regretting you by Colleen Hoover
Published on December 10th, 2019
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I have, by now, read most of Colleen Hoover’s books, and I must say that she’ve never disappointed me. All of her books I’ve read so far prompted a wide range of emotions, from shivering with fear, to crying my eyes out, to feeling so warm and happy. And her last novel Regretting You is no exception, it left me breathless so many times yet still enable to put the book down.
“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.”
The book follows Morgan and Clara, mother and daughter, as they go through a journey of loss, love and forgiveness. Told from alternate POVs the story made me dive into the minds of Clara and Morgan. Their pain resonated within me and allowed me to understand the reasoning behind their actions. I had to stop reading so many times, because I felt for Morgan.
There is a special takeaway from this mother/daughter relationship: the up and down but most importantly how they found their way back to each other through a situation that is very hard to face! It all just hit close to home and made me realize how much we take our parents sacrifices and efforts for granted.
Besides the family aspect, the book is also about romance and do I need to tell you that CoHo nails them love stories? The dual romance going on was a great add to the story and I just love how the male characters are so loving and respectful.
Overall, Regretting You is a poignant read. A book about family, love, betrayal, grief, sacrifices and honesty. It is beautifully written and one I would recommend to lovers of contemporary and romance.
Let me wrap up this post by sharing my favorite quotes from the book :
“Sometimes you have to walk away from the fight in order to win it.”
“You’re a sacrificer. I don’t even know if that’s a real word, but that’s what you are. You do things you don’t want to do to make life better for the people around you. Like being the designated driver. That doesn’t make you boring. It makes you a hero.”
“Sometimes when we’re alone, he looks at me in a way that makes me feel empty when he looks away.”
“I don’t understand how my body can be full of everything bodies are full of—bones and muscles and blood and organs—yet my chest sometimes feels vacant, as if someone could scream into my mouth and it would echo inside of me.”