10 Best Colleen Hoover Books Ranked, According To Goodreads
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Whether you saw her books on your TikTok or perused that intriguing cover in your local bookstore, it's likely you've heard of Colleen Hoover . Known for her heartbreaking, raw romances, Hoover debuted with her novel Slammed , the first book in the series, in 2012. And her success is reflected in the excitement at her upcoming book, It Starts With Us , which already has a Goodreads rating of 4.64 , ahead of its release.
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But the question comes down to: "What is Colleen Hoover's best book?" None of her books are so much better than others, so much as they are different. While every reader may choose which book they like best, their Goodreads ratings have spoken. While not the most accurate response, these ratings give us a glimpse into Hoover's best books (not including un-released books and/or novellas).
Morgan doesn't want her daughter to end up like her: knocked up and pregnant young. Likewise, Clara wants to be nothing like her mother: boring and typical. The only thing holding the family together is Morgan's husband and Clare's father, Chris. But when he gets into a tragic yet questionable accident, the last straw snaps. It isn't long before the mother and daughter walk separate paths and stray so further apart there may not be a way back together.
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Written from a dual POV, Regretting You is an exhilarating romance yet so much more, the pain and the agony of losing a family member and finding love, all in a bundle of 350 pages that will blow your mind. It has a Goodreads rating of 4.22 .
When Tate moves in with her brother, she isn't looking for love, but it doesn't hurt that the man next door is probably the most handsome man she has seen, and to make it better, they share a hard-to-miss mutual attraction. Fortunately, none of them have the time for love. And their friends-with-benefits relationship is made easier by Miles' rules.
Never ask about the past.
Don't expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but when love gets ugly, can they escape its wrath?
A heartbreaking story with a happy ending, Ugly Love is a somewhat controversial book with a Goodreads rating of 4.22 . Despite the devastating reasons of grief and regret driving significant actions, the story glorifies the "I can fix him" belief and normalizes comparatively toxic relationships .
‘All Your Perfects’
Quinn and Graham have a perfect love story that everyone covets. Their marriage, not so much. Not that they'd accept it. They're dancing around emotions, doing anything to avoid the issue threatening to upend everything they've created together. When the memories and the mistakes they've made over the years threaten to unleash mayhem on their life, will Quinn and Graham break apart? Or will a forgotten promise change everything?
An exceedingly well-executed marriage-in-crisis accompanies a heartbreaking story with a fabulous ending in Colleen Hoover 's All Your Perfects . While the TWs are necessary to check, everyone who isn't affected by them should read the book at least once in their lifetime. The book has a Goodreads rating of 4.23 .
‘Point Of Retreat’
After a tumultuous year, Will and Layken finally came to terms with their realities and made a beautiful home together. But when a ghost from his past threatens to destroy everything they've built, Layken is left second-guessing the relationship, while Will does everything in his power to prove his love. Young love faces hurdles that risk upending the lives of the characters and their loved ones in this fantastic sequel to Slammed .
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The second book in her iconic Slammed series, Point of Retreat , ranks sixth on the list with a Goodreads rating of 4.24 with over 160k ratings.
Sky and Dean have reputations that rival the others. She knows better than to fall for guys like him, yet she finds herself both captivated and terrified of him all in the span of their first encounter. Dean ignites feelings in her Sky never knew existed, and the intense chemistry they share lights sparks that threaten to resurface buried memories she's better off without. But when she realizes he's not who he claims to be, it's only a matter of time till her life is struck by mayhem.
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The first book in the Hopeless series, Hopeless , is somewhat underrated, with a Goodreads rating of 4.29 .
Fallon is all set to fly across the country and leave everything behind. But, while preparing for her flight the next day, she runs into Ben, an aspiring novelist. Their connection is so intense that they spend her last day in LA together, and her creative life inspires Ben's novel. Year after year, through relationships and tribulations, they meet on the same day every year. Until one day, Fallon becomes dubious if Ben has been fabricating his entire life as a ploy to get the ultimate plot twist to his novel.
A heartbreakingly devastating yet shockingly refreshing tale of pain and love, November 9 has a Goodreads rating of 4.29 .
Everything Beyah is today is all thanks to no one but herself. All her parents ever gave her was a sad life and a dismal last name: Grim. She's ready to move on to better things, except for the two-month interim separating her from the future. But when an unexpected death leaves her homeless, she must move in with a father she barely knows. She plans to keep her head down, but her neighbor, Samson, might not be on the same page. When they realize their chemistry is undeniably intense, they decide on a summer fling, but that's not all these polar opposites will experience over the summer.
One of the most underrated books by Colleen Hoover, Heart Bones is an incredible book that will make you rethink your life. The book maintains a Goodreads rating of 4.34 .
‘It Ends With Us’
If sunshine were a brand, Lily Bloom would be a brand ambassador. Despite the dysfunctional and abusive relationship between her parents, Lily still holds out hope for love and believes that one day, she will find someone perfect for her. She thinks she's found her soulmate in Ryle Kincaid ... until ghosts from her past threaten to destroy their relationship and the idea of love as she's always known it.
One of her most popular books, It Ends With Us has a Goodreads rating of 4.38 , and its sequel, It Starts With Us , is set to release on October 18, 2022.
Lowen Ashleigh is a broke, struggling author, so when she gets the chance of a lifetime to complete the remaining books in a successful series of a bestselling author who's injured, she should've no reason to hesitate. Except for said author's husband, who she seems to be developing an attraction to. Upon her arrival, Lowen plans to hole up in Verity's office and work herself to the bone ... until she discovers an unfinished biography that reveals secrets that could cause upheaval for the family.
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A dark thriller, quote-unquote unputdownable, Verity is a New York Times bestseller that will make you feel all the chills. With a Goodreads rating of 4.42 , Verity is one of Colleen's darkest books and ends on a cliffhanger of a lifetime.
‘Reminders of Him’
After five years of serving her sentence for a tragic mistake, Kenna is ready to meet her daughter she never got to see. Diem, the name so uncommon so she could find her little baby girl. But the demons of the past might catch up to her when she meets Ledger Ward, the man she is falling hopelessly in love with and the man who won't let her rebuild the bridges she burned down.
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A poignant yet heartwarming love story of a mother yearning for her daughter, Reminders Of Him , is unequivocally the best book by Colleen Hoover and boasts a Goodreads rating of 4.52 .
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When it comes to #BookTok, Colleen Hoover (aka the Queen of Romance ) is all the rage. Whether you’ve heard about her contemporary romance novels from social media or one of Hoover’s covers caught your eye at your local bookstore, her books seem to be taking the industry by storm. And after reading a handful of her bestsellers, we’re here to tell you they’re worth all the hype.
Hoover is known for her heartbreaking, raw romances with complex storylines and abrupt plot twists that will make your jaw drop — making it easy to read her books in just one sitting. The hard part? Restraining yourself from buying yet another Colleen Hoover book seconds after finishing the last.
The author recently released her latest book, “It Starts With Us,” the sequel to the highly-rated page-turner, “It Ends With Us.” But what about the rest of her books? To help you create the perfect reading plan, we created a list of the top 10 Colleen Hoover books based on our own opinions and Goodreads reviews.
Disagree with our rankings? Let us know which Colleen Hoover book is your favorite in the comments below.
1. “ It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover , $10
If you’re just now joining the Colleen Hoover train and don’t know where to start, you can’t go wrong with “It Ends With Us.” It has the most reviews and is an inspirational story that anyone would enjoy.
The story is about themes of jealousy, generational trauma and love triangles. While the main character Lily falls in love with handsome surgeon Ryle, her first love, Atlas, comes back into the picture.
Note: this book has themes of physical abuse.
2. “Verity” by Colleen Hoover , $11
If you’re a reader drawn to dark thrillers, we recommend starting with the stand-alone page-turner “Verity.”
This book seamlessly blends romance and horror and is about two writers — Lowen Ashleigh and Verity Crawford. Lowen is asked to ghostwrite Verity’s latest book, but many obstacles get in the way.
Note: this thriller has themes of abuse, violence and grief.
3. “Reminders of Him” by Colleen Hoover , $10+
“Reminders of Him” is a heartbreaking tale of Kenna Rowan, who has recently been released from jail and is on a mission to make things right but, most importantly, find her young daughter.
4. “November 9” by Colleen Hoover , $10
If you’re craving a juicy read that features slow-burning love and serendipity, November 9 is the book for you. The book follows Fallon and Ben as they live entirely separate lives (except on November 9 every year). While the plot is entertaining in its own right, the final plot twist will have you itching for more.
5. “It Starts With Us” by Colleen Hoover , $13
“It Starts With Us” is Hoover’s latest book release and the most anticipated after the first novel in the series, “It Ends With Us” (2016), blew up on TikTok earlier this year.
Without spoiling too much, the novel follows Lily and her new life after the first novel’s events.
6. “Ugly Love” by Colleen Hoover , $10
“Ugly Truth” may be Colleen Hoover’s saddest book yet, so make sure you have a fresh box of tissues before you start this one.
The novel follows Tate Collins and airline pilot Miles Archer, who start off on the wrong foot. With the only thing they can agree on being their mutual attraction, they leave everything on the sidelines and keep things simple: sex only. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
7. “Layla” by Colleen Hoover , $9
8. “Regretting You” by Colleen Hoover , $11+
“Regretting You” captures family drama, the complicated nature of mother-daughter relationships and the different ways generations get through grief in a beautifully written sequence. The book follows Morgan Grant and her teenage daughter, Clara, after a tragic accident with themes of redemption, second chances and, of course — a few steamy scenes in the mix.
9. “Heart Bones” by Colleen Hoover , $13+
In this young-adult book, Beyah Grim transitions to adulthood after a tragic death when she is forced to spend the summer in Texas with her estranged father. While there, she meets Sampson, a rich kid that shows her a different way of life.
10. “Hopeless” by Colleen Hoover , $12+
Last but certainly not least, “Hopeless.” While Hoover is known for her contemporary romances, she certainly did not drop the ball on this young-adult novel.
The main character Skye falls for Dean Holder, your typical bad boy with secrets. Except one of his secrets relates to her past.
Note: this book features themes of child abuse.
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The best Colleen Hoover books to start with, according to her fans
From capturing the hearts of book lovers on TikTok to dominating the New York Times bestselling lists , Colleen Hoover has made a name in the book world. The author is best known for writing gripping stories that throw relatable characters into dramatic situations.
"I consider myself a connoisseur of romance novels and love stories, and Colleen Hoover’s books are a masterclass of the genre. Every time I read a book by 'CoHo,' I know I am buckling in for an emotional rollercoaster, but I think that’s what makes her voice so unique," Lianna Cohen, the 28-year-old Canadian podcast host of "Get Lit With Lianna," tells TODAY.com.
Now, Hoover's success is translating to the screen. The movie version of her 2016 megahit “It Ends With Us” will star Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni , who will also direct. Fans can see what happens next in the book’s sequel “It Starts With Us,” which came out in 2022 and sold a record-breaking 800,000 copies on its first day alone .
As popular as they are, Hoover’s books also have ignited controversy. Critics think “It Ends With Us,” which depicts a woman caught in a cycle of domestic violence, glorifies abuse. And even her most ardent supporters have thoughts about the book: When plans for an “It Ends With Us” coloring book were announced, many fans fought back, leading to the cancelation of the project. Hoover readers for “accountability.” Even Lively’s casting as the movie’s star caused heated conversation within and outside the fandom.
Since she seems just about everywhere right now, you may be curious to try a book by Hoover — if you haven’t already. But with over 20 books published, it can be hard to choose which Hoover book to start with. Luckily, CoHorts (as Hoover’s fans call themselves) are here to help narrow the search. From romance to page-turning thrillers , here is a guide to help spark your Hoover reading journey, according to the author’s fans.
Perhaps the best place to start is with Hoover’s romantic debut novel. The 2012 book tells the story of 18-year-old Layken, who is forced to be the voice of reason for both her mother and younger brother as they cope with her father’s sudden death.
Resilient yet on the verge of losing hope, Layken finds comfort in 21 year-old Will Cooper, her slam poetry aficionado neighbor. Their undeniable chemistry comes to a halt on Layken’s first day of school, when she discovers that Will is her new poetry teacher. What follows is a painful journey as they struggle to keep away the attraction they have for each other.
This kind of tense and emotional hire-wire is what keeps fans like Leticia Farnezes, 28, from Nova Lima, Brazil, reaching for the next book.
“'Slammed' was the first book I read (this year) and I fell in love with it,” Fernezes, who has read 15 of Hoover’s books, tells TODAY.com. “Easy to read and the narrative flows naturally. It's actually a trilogy, but having finished the first one, I can say I feel happy and sure I want to read the next two books.”
'It Ends With Us'
It Ends with Us
The BookTok phenomenon is one of Hoover's top novels to read, with over 20 million copies sold. The story centers around Lily Bloom, a recent college grad who pours her savings into a florist business. She thinks her life is coming together when she meets neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid. Love and trust don’t come easy for Lily, as she recounts growing up with a physically abusive father. History repeats itself when Lily suddenly faces an abusive relationship with Ryle. Her childhood friend Atlas Corrigan reenters her life to show her another way.
If Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni starring in the book’s movie adaptation, is not reason enough to read “It Ends With Us,” then perhaps its shocking plot story will be.
If mystery is what you're looking for, stop at Hoover's “Verity." Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer who gets the opportunity of a lifetime to co-write a series with acclaimed and ailing author, Verity Crawford. When she arrives at Verity's home to do research, she sparks an attraction for the author’s husband, Jeremy Crawford, while also discovering shocking truths in Verity's life story. Lowen soon comes to find the cause of Verity’s illness might be quietly roaming the halls at night.
“'Verity' is a thriller that you simply cannot put down,” Fernezes says. “The end is shocking and I love talking to people who have read to see if we share the same opinion.”
Some would argue there are no rules when it comes to love, but Hoover’s “Ugly Love” characters Tate Collins and airline pilot Miles Archer don't believe that — at least, not at first. Their undeniable attraction for each other has a set of rules in store, as Collins believes she doesn’t have time for love, while Archer doesn’t want love at all. Their arrangement, which consists of nothing more than a physical connection, leads to a series of complications as they soon realize their hearts have already broken some of heads' ground rules.
Eden O’Neill, 35, from Peoria, Ill. admires Hoover’s honest characters. Some of her most honest can be found in the mother and daughter duo of "Regretting You," Morgan and Clara Grant.
At 17 years old, Morgan put her dreams on hold when she became pregnant with Clara. Years later, their clashing personalities are often louder than their love for each other. The two must put aside their differences after tragedy strikes. The novel spotlights a complex relationship between a parent and a child, forbidden love, and tragedy.
“Colleen’s books are just so raw and lovely,” O’Neill tells TODAY.com. “They make you feel something in a deep and visceral way. Her characters feel so real. You literally feel like you’re on the journey with them, and I just love that.”
'All Your Perfects'
All Your Perfects
An emotionally raw page-turner is the best way to describe Hoover’s “All Your Perfects,” as she carves the honest and hard realities of marriage. Quinn and Graham's love story seems nothing but perfect at the beginning, but within a few years, promises, mistakes and secrets come to their breaking point.
Family affairs continue in “Without Merit” through the Voss family. They're anything but typical. To start off, they live in a repurposed church. The Voss mother, a cancer survivor, lives in the basement. The father is married to the mother’s former nurse. Merit, our main character, also has a little half-brother who isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun and perfect older siblings.
Things take a turn for Merit when she meets a charming boy named Sagan. They take an even further turn when Merit discovers Sagan is her sister's boyfriend. To make matters more complicated, Sagan moves into their home. Merit retreats deeper into herself, as she deals with love complications and uncovers secrets that lead her to want to leave her family for good.
“'Without Merit' is my favorite because the story is set in a house that used to be a church and that is very unusual,” Farnezes says. “ I also really liked the characters and their personalities. It's a big family, they are very different and connected.”
Have you ever let the universe determine which way your love would will go? Hoover puts it to the test with “November 9.” Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their attraction leads them to spend Fallon's last day in L.A. together. She becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. The two decide to meet again on the same date every year. As time goes on, this agreement creates hardship – they have their separate lives, and the brief one they share together.
"November 9" is one of Cohen's favorite Hoover books. "This title in particular is the perfect blend of swoony, yet still so emotional and raw," she says.
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The best Colleen Hoover books, ranked by Goodreads' reviewers
Whether you've seen her books all over TikTok or in the "bestseller" section at your local bookstore , Colleen Hoover's books are everywhere. She's known for her heartbreakingly raw romances, many of which have thriller-like twists that keep readers turning the pages and reaching for her next book before they've finished the last.
Hoover's novels — especially "Verity," "It Ends With Us," and "Reminders of Him" — are hugely popular on Goodreads, which is why we turned to Goodreads reviewers to rank her best books. Goodreads is the world's largest platform where over 125 million readers rate, review, and recommend their favorite books to friends and the community. From emotional romances to fast-paced fiction, here are the best Colleen Hoover books, as ranked by Goodread's reviewers.
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All of Colleen Hoover’s Books, Ranked in Order of Where to Start
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In 2022, more Colleen Hoover books were sold than copies of the Bible . That same year, she simultaneously held six of the ten positions on The New York Times ’s paperback fiction best-seller list and released two new books while working on several more novels set to be released over the next few years.
With no experience and no connections in the industry, Hoover took a chance on herself and self-published her first novel, Slammed , in 2012. Twelve years later, she’s outsold many of the world’s most famous authors, has a feature film in the works starring Justin Baldoni and Blake Lively , and become one of the most popular authors on BookTok. And Hoover’s massive catalog of novels is still ever-expanding. (As of this year, she’s released 27 novels.)
With so many options, it can be daunting for new CoHorts to choose what books to read (and in what order). To help, we ranked all 27 of Hoover’s novels according to their ratings on book website Goodreads’ five-star system—organized by series and then standalone books. Take it from us: Start with the best from each list. You’ll be so hooked, you’ll find yourself adding the rest to cart in record time.
Colleen Hoover series, ranked
Hopeless — 4.27 stars
The first novel in the series, Hopeless has everything YA romance fans could want: a persistent pursuit, desperate longing, a dark secret. One reviewer called this love story between high school senior Sky and brooding bad boy Dean Holder “beautiful, heart-wrenching, and uplifting,” while another said the steamy novel was in a class of its own. In 2014 it was rumored that Hopeless would be turned into a movie, but that has yet to come to fruition almost 10 years later.
“Hopeless,” by Colleen Hoover
Losing Hope — 4.22 stars
Losing Hope is less a sequel and more a retelling of Hopeless from Holder’s point of view. This novel gives readers new insight into what was going on in his head during the first novel and more context as to why he acted the way he did….
“Losing Hope,” by Colleen Hoover
Finding Cinderella — 4.07 stars
While this novella could technically act as a stand-alone book, the context provided by the previous Hopeless novels brings this story added depth (and meaning!). Finding Cinderella delves into the story of Daniel and Six, the best friends of Hopeless main characters Holder and Sky. We won’t give too much away in terms of the plot, but readers did say this novella made them feel more than entire books.
“Finding Cinderella,” by Colleen Hoover
All Your Perfects — 4.11 stars
Readers say this novel in the Hopeless series gave them “emotional whiplash” and reminded them why they read romance in the first place. While Graham and Quinn may have the perfect love story on paper, their imperfect marriage leaves a massive gap between them. Are the two able to overcome years of pent-up anger and unsaid secrets? You’ll have to find out for yourself.
“All Your Perfects,” by Colleen Hoover
Finding Perfect — 4.18 stars
Much like Losing Hope , Finding Perfect steps into Daniel’s mind to give readers a better look at his own motivations throughout the story—and provides a long-awaited conclusion to Daniel and Six’s story. (Head’s up: It’s recommended that you read this novel last to give added context and meaning to the overarching novel.)
“Finding Perfect,” by Colleen Hoover
It Ends With Us — 4.25 stars
Perhaps one of CoHo’s most popular books, It Ends With Us is a perfect introduction to the romance author and what you can expect from most of her novels. So if you don’t start with the Hopeless series, we recommend beginning here instead.
After Lily graduates from college, she moves to a new city and meets the perfect guy. But after her first love comes back into the picture, things start to get a little confusing for Lily as she tries to find the right decision for her heart. The novel itself is loosely based on CoHo’s parents and doesn’t shy away from conversations about sexual assault and domestic abuse. (Editor’s note: Some people have suggested this novel romanticizes toxic relationships and abuse; find a list of trigger warnings here .) IEWU is currently being adapted for the big screen with Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni. Oh, and did we mention the novel has more than 2.6 million ratings (over 1.3 million of them are five stars) and was also a Goodreads Choice Award winner for best romance in 2016?
“It Ends With Us,” by Colleen Hoover
It Starts With Us — 3.93 stars
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This highly anticipated sequel picks up where the first book left off—and adds a new perspective to the first novel by providing Atlas’s insight into the story. Switching between Lily’s and Atlas’s viewpoints, ISWU navigates life post-divorce, second chances at love, and so much more.
“It Starts With Us,” by Colleen Hoover
Slammed — 4.20 stars
Slammed is CoHo’s first-ever novel. A self-published book, it landed on The New York Times ebook bestseller list in 2012 thanks to book bloggers and social media, which ultimately launched her full-time writing career. The novel earned a Goodreads Choice Award nomination for best young adult fiction and best Goodreads author in the same year. The story follows a young teenager, Layken, grieving her father’s death while taking care of the rest of her family. When Layken’s new neighbor moves in, the duo strike up a romantic connection, until a massive secret pulls them apart.
“Slammed,” by Colleen Hoover
Point of Retreat — 4.19 stars
Slammed ’s highly anticipated sequel takes Layken’s love life to a new level. Will her new relationship stand the test of time, or will she be left brokenhearted once again? Fair warning: Some reviewers say you might fall head over heels in love with Will Cooper. Read at your own risk.
“Point of Retreat,” by Colleen Hoover
This Girl — 3.91 stars
The final novel in the Slammed series, This Girl takes readers deeper into Layken and Will’s love story—and that’s all we can tell you without spoiling the first two novels. Still, if you’ve read the other two novels, this one is a must to round out the series and get a satisfying conclusion to the story.
“This Girl,” by Colleen Hoover
Maybe Someday — 4.07 stars
A Goodreads Choice Awards nominee for best romance (2014), Maybe Someday delves into the life of a 22-year-old college student who discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her. In the wake of their breakup, she starts to crush on her neighbor, who happens to be a budding musician. If the love story isn’t enough to get you to start this series, it’s accompanied by original music to really immerse you in CoHo’s world.
“Maybe Someday,” by Colleen Hoover
Maybe Not — 3.72 stars
Maybe Not isn’t a sequel to Maybe Someday but is rather a companion novella following similar themes around love. This novel follows two roommates of opposite gender who kinda, sorta hate each other. But…also…maybe don’t? TL;DR: Enemies to lovers but make them roommates with lots of spice.
“Maybe Not,” by Colleen Hoover
Maybe Now — 3.93 stars
Maybe Now is the sequel to both previous books, giving readers updates on the love lives of Ridge and Syndney as well as Warren and Bridgette. Readers called this “cheese-galore” but said that didn’t stop them from enjoying the final novel.
“Maybe Now,” by Colleen Hoover
Never Never — 3.93 stars
Cowritten with Tarryn Fisher, the first novel in the Never Never series follows best friends (and lovers) Charlie and Silas as they try to piece together their past after they both wake up with no memory of their romantic relationship. Be forewarned: There is a devastating cliffhanger at the end of book one that’ll have you adding the sequel to your cart ASAP.
“Never Never,” by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Never Never: Part 2 — 3.98 stars
The sequel to Never Never amps up the stakes, blending a desperate race for answers with even more questions. We can’t tell you much more in order to avoid spoilers.
“Never Never: Part Two,” by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Never Never: Part 3 — 3.49 stars
The long-awaited finale of the Never Never mystery. That’s all you need to know; if you’ve read the first two, you’ll definitely be picking this one up from the bookstore too. Fair warning, some readers have said the conclusion wasn’t worth the hype of the first two books.
“Never Never: Part Three,” by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Colleen Hoover stand-alone books, ranked
Reminders of Him — 4.43 stars
CoHo’s highest rated stand-alone novel follows a young mother who was recently released from prison. Desperate to earn redemption for her past mistakes and be able to see her daughter again, the woman fights to prove herself while learning to love again. One reviewer said this book had them crying “ugly tears” at two in the morning, while another said the book made them hurt in the best way possible. Oh, and did we mention it was a Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for best romance in 2022? Yeah, enough said.
“Reminders of Him,” by Colleen Hoover
Verity — 4.35 stars
Verity is one of the most well-known CoHo novels. No, seriously. This psychological thriller boasts a Goodreads Choice Award nomination for best romance (2019), almost 2 million ratings to its name, and an Amazon Studios adaptation is in the works . The novel follows Lowen Ashleigh, an aspiring writer who accepts a job ghost-writing for an injured best-selling author. After discovering the author’s unfinished biography with some alarming admissions, Ashleigh weighs massive moral decisions while trying to make sense of her own complicated feelings for the woman’s husband.
“Verity,” by Colleen Hoover
Heart Bones — 4.29 stars
Published mid-2020, this YA novel follows Beyah Grim as she moves in with her estranged father, navigates grief, and finds love in an unexpected place with a boy who is her polar opposite. A recent review said the book left the reader “speechless” and that their heart was “broken into a million pieces.” Another review , written by someone who claims to not particularly like CoHo books, said this one “well done” without any “cheesy twists.” So yeah, add this one to cart ASAP.
“Heart Bones,” by Colleen Hoover
__November 9 __ — 4.20 stars
Reacting to what’s best described as a love story between an artist and his muse, reviewers pine for the romance between Fallon and aspiring novelist Ben. And that’s all you really need to know, as most reviews recommend you dive into this novel with little knowledge of the story and enjoy the ride. Okay, fine, if you want a little teaser, one reviewer said they read this book in a single sitting with their heart racing the entire time. “The story was SO unique and unexpected that it took me completely by surprise over and over again!! I swooned, I fell in love, my heart was broken, and then healed again,” they wrote .
“November 9,” by Colleen Hoover
Regretting You — 4.17 stars
Fans of contemporary fiction and young adult novels that center complex mother-daughter relationships will fall head-over-heels in love with Regretting You . The novel, which was a 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards nominee for best romance, follows Morgan and Clara as they attempt to navigate life after tragedy, the messiness of being a teenager, and learning to cope with heartbreak. Reviewers call this work “outstanding” years after it was published.
“Regretting You,” by Colleen Hoover
Confess — 4.14 stars
A reviewer best described this early CoHo novel as The Notebook meets The Fault in Our Stars . The novel won a Goodreads Choice Award for best romance in 2015 and has racked up more than 400,000 reviews. The novel follows a young woman set on rebuilding her life—and finally giving into love. But when she finds out her new beau is keeping a major secret, her only choice might be to break up with him for good. The thing is—she might not be strong enough to do it. Bonus: If you enjoy the novel, you can watch the TV adaptation from 2017. The series only got one season, but it might be worth a stream.
“Confess,” by Colleen Hoover
Ugly Love — 4.11 stars
A 2014 Goodreads Choice Award nominee for best romance, Ugly Love is one of CoHo’s first novels and has amassed over 1.4 million reviews to date. A contemporary romance that’s great for fans of complicated friends-with-benefits tropes, Ugly Love will have you on the edge of your seat as you witness Tate Collins and pilot Miles Archer break all their own rules (and a few promises too!). Some reviewers loved this book so much they wanted to give it six stars .
“Ugly Love” by Colleen Hoover
Too Late — 3.95 stars
This 2016 psychological suspense novel is perfect for fans that squeal over dangerous love triangles, especially if said trope involves a drug lord and an undercover DEA agent. While some reviewers think this novel lacked a certain edge , others rave about the book, saying it was a “beautiful” story that tugged at their heartstrings. On the fence about it? We’ll leave you with this line: “Love is not found. Love finds.”
“Too Late,” by Colleen Hoover
Without Merit — 3.76 stars
With nearly 200,000 ratings and a Goodreads Choice Award Winner for best romance (2017), Without Merit follows the life of Merit Voss, the family secret keeper who is fed up with all the lies. With emphasis on mistakes and forgiveness, this novel has mixed reviews from loyal Hoover fans. Some say it deals with too many serious topics (mental illness, abuse, sexuality, suicide, and more) without doing any of them particularly well. Meanwhile, others say this book lived up to the hype and actually caused them to take time and reflect on the seriousness of the book’s themes. “Clasp your pearls to your chest and grab a hanky; this one is a tear jerker, but per classic Hoover, there is a ray of hope that turns into what a real happily ever after should look like,” one reviewer wrote .
“Without Merit,” by Colleen Hoover
Layla — 3.69 stars
Despite being last on the list, Layla has over 343,000 reviews and counting. This 2020 CoHo novel is a paranormal romance with plenty of spice. After Layla recovers from an attack that leaves her emotionally scarred, her boyfriend Leeds brings her to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. With the distance between Layla and Leeds growing with each passing day, Leeds takes an interest in another guest, Willow. Some reviewers have called this novel “problematic,” with Leeds being described as a villain as opposed to a sympathetic main character. Meanwhile, others rave about Layla, saying it’s unlike anything they’ve ever read before— in a good way .
“Layla,” by Colleen Hoover
By Jessica Radloff
The Best Colleen Hoover Books (All Books Ranked and Rated)
Colleen Hoover self-published her first novel Slammed, in 2012. It managed to hit the New York Times bestseller list in seven months. She then wrote the sequels. And then some stand-alone books. And then some more series. Along the way, she’s written 25 books, built a loyal audience and sold over 20 million books.
This year, she has regularly sustained 3-5 books on the New York Times bestseller list. For those of you who aren’t in the biz, this is positively unheard of. Usually it’s just new(ish) books that hit the list and then they eventually fade away, only to be replaced by another new book.
But CoHo (as her rabid fans call her), keeps finding new audiences who are gobbling up her books, and keeping her at the top of the charts. If you are new to the party or you’ve read one book and don’t know where to go next, we are here to help you with this list of the best Colleen Hoover books.
This guide is divided into three sections. First, we’ve got a list of 10 top-rated Colleen Hoover books. Then, we list out all of her books, (by publication date) and the series (in order). And lastly, we’ve got a list of all Colleen Hoover books ranked, with a short synopsis for each.
Our intent is to help you figure out where to start with Hoover and then where to go next.
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What Are the Best Colleen Hoover Books: The Top 10 Rated
In what order should i read colleen hoover, coho stand alone books.
If you are wondering which Colleen Hoover book to read first, you could start with any of her stand alone novels. And then if you like what you get, then read more of the stand alones, or move on to one of her series. Here are the stand alones by publication date:
- Verity (2021)
- Heart Bones (2020)
- Layla (2020)
- Regretting You (2019)
- All Your Perfects (2018
- Without Merit (2017)
- Too Late (2016)
- November 9 (2015)
- Confess (2015)
- Ugly Love (2014)
Colleen Hoover Series Order
- It Ends With Us Series : It Ends With Us (2016), It Starts With Us (2022)
- Hopeless Series : Hopeless (2012), Losing Hope (2013), Finding Cinderella (2013) Finding Perfect (2019),
- Maybe Series : Maybe Someday (2014), Maybe Not (2015), Maybe Now (2018)
- Slammed Series : Slammed (2012), Point of Retreat (2012), This Girl (2012)
- Never Neve r: Never Never: Part One (2015), Never Never: Part Two (2015), Never Never: Part Three (2016)
All Colleen Hoover Books, Ranked
Reminders of Him
- Published: 2022
- Rating: 4.51
Five years ago, Kenna Rowan made a tragic mistake. Now, she’s back in town, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. This proves to be harder than Kenna originally anticipated, as everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to keep her away. Everyone except for Ledger Ward, a local bartender and pseudo-father figure to her daughter. Kenna and Ledger know they should stay away from each other, but something keeps bringing them together.
“I felt different reading this one. Instead of the usual butterflies and heart flutters [Colleen Hoover’s] books normally give me, this feels raw and heavy. It’s definitely a life story more than it is a love story.” Reminders of Him is said to be Hoover’s most “sob-worthy” novel, so make sure you have plenty of tissues on hand.
Read it for book club and use our Reminders of Him discussion guide .
- Published: 2021
- Rating: 4.41
This is one of the most top-rated Colleen Hoover books and it’s a startling departure from her typical romance genre.
Jeremy Crawford, the husband of the best-selling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen Ashleigh to complete his wife’s next novel after she was left injured and unable to continue. What began as the job offer of a lifetime for the struggling writer quickly turns sour after Lowen discovers Verity’s manuscript full of bone-chilling admissions that were never supposed to be found. Initially, Lowen keeps the manuscript a secret, but as she falls deeper and deeper for Jeremy, she starts the wonder how she can use Verity’s words to trap him once and for all.
Verity was Colleen Hoover’s first attempt at a thriller and a stark contrast to the rest of her collection, but it is still one of her most popular novels.
“What I’ve come to appreciate the most about Colleen Hoover’s work – whether it’s an emotionally charged love story or, in this case, her first go at suspense – is her penchant for pushing boundaries. For telling the unexpected story.”
Read it for book club and use our Verity reading guide . And if you want more dark psychological thrillers, we’ve got a whole list featuring more books like Verity in tone, setting and creepiness.
It Ends With Us (It Ends With Us #1)
- Published: 2016
- Rating: 4.37
This is one of the best Colleen Hoover books for both ratings and longevity on the best seller lists.
Lily’s life hasn’t been easy, but her luck seems to change when she meets Ryle, a handsome and mysterious neurosurgeon. Ryle’s initial aversion to relationships seems like his only downside, but as the two fall deeper and deeper in love, Ryle’s ugly side begins to show. Just as Lily starts questioning her new relationship, she runs into Atlas – and the one that got away has finally come back.
“I honestly don’t know how I feel. There are times I am angry and times I am sad. And then I’m both. And it’s worst because there is a war raging inside me, and the winner keeps changing. How is it possible to switch from denial to sorrow to fury to acceptance in a heartbeat?” It Ends With Us is arguably Colleen Hoover’s most talked-about novel, and it’s sure to leave you reaching for the nearest tissue.
Read it for book club and use our It Ends With Us discussion guide .
- Published: 2020
- Rating: 4.34
Life was never easy for Beyah Grimm, but now she’s on to bigger and better things – thanks to no one by herself. An unexpected death forces Beyah to spend the next few months in Texas with her estranged father. Beyah is determined to keep her head down and wait out the summer, but her new neighbor Samson has other plans. What began as a shallow end-of-summer fling quickly turns into a rip current ready to drag Beyah out to sea.
“I’m so used to [Colleen Hoover] writing about adults that I was a little taken aback when I realized this is about two young people right on the cusp of adulthood. I think this story explores a lot of great topics that surround people who are in the vulnerable transition period between high school and university, between youth and adulthood.”
- Published: 2015
- Rating: 4.29
On her last day in Los Angeles, Fallon (seemingly by chance) meets Ben, an aspiring novelist. The pair have an immediate connection, and Fallon quickly becomes Ben’s muse for his next novel. The plan is simple; they will both live their lives, Fallon in New York and Ben in LA. But they agree to meet and have dinner together every November 9th for the next five years. Told over the course of five November 9ths, Fallon and Ben continue to fall for each other until one day, Fallon becomes unsure if Ben’s being true or if he’s fabricating his feelings for the sake of his novel.
“The perfect blend of sexiness, emotion, and intrigue. It’s Colleen’s best, most exciting book to date.”
Read it for book club and use our November 9 discussion guide .
Hopeless (Hopeless #1)
- Published: 2012
Hopeless is one of the best Colleen Hoover books if you really like sinking your teeth into a series.
Dean Holder’s reputation precedes him, and Sky quickly learns that the truth might leave her feeling more hopeless than his lies. But that doesn’t matter because Sky can’t seem to stay away from him. Once his secrets are revealed, Sky learns Holder might not be who he says he is, and his secrets threaten to change her life forever.
Losing Hope (Hopeless #2)
- Published: 2013
In the follow-up novel to Hopeless, Sky is left with just as much mystery as she started with. All of Holder’s secrets have been revealed, but that doesn’t mean every question has been answered. In order to really move on with his life, Holder first needs to look to the past and confront the ghost that’s been haunting him.
“ Losing Hope was utterly heartbreaking, compelling, and beautiful. And… I somehow managed to fall even harder for Holden than I already had in Hopeless.”
Finding Perfect (Hopeless #2.6)
- Published: 2019
- Rating: 4.27
“This felt like a closure and a beginning. It was heartwarming and heartbreaking. It felt like everything my heart needed.”
Finding Perfect is a nine-chapter novella that follows the same characters from Hopeless as they plan an upcoming Friendsgiving at Sky’s parent’s house. Daniel suddenly finds himself in a situation where he is forced to confront Six about their shared secret, bringing a dark cloud over the holiday.
Finding Perfect is not required reading in the Hopeless Series, but fans of the series love the added closure it brings to some of their favorite characters.
Point of Retreat (Slammed #2)
- Rating: 4.23
The second novel in the Slammed Series picks up right after Layken and Will manage to overcome the obstacles that had threatened to destroy their love. Layken and Will think this proves they were destined to be together, but the very things that brought them together might just tear them apart. Point of Retreat forces the couple to embark on journeys of self-discovery, but what they find along the way could change their entire world and the lives of those who depend on them the most.
“What a crazy, crazy ride this book was! Colleen Hoover really knows how to mess with our emotions, and have us wanting to cry and laugh at the same time. This woman really is a literary genius.”
- Rating: 4.22
Tate and Miles aren’t in a relationship. They wouldn’t even go as far as to call themselves friends. But what they do have, is an undeniable mutual attraction – which just leaves sex. Miles doesn’t want love, and Tate doesn’t have time for it. It seems like the perfect set-up, that is, until Tate struggles with the two rules Miles set for her: never ask about the past and don’t expect a future.
“Alright, so this was probably one of the saddest books I’ve ever read. I’m not kidding. It’s really intense and painful. It’s also so beautiful and hopeful.”
Slammed (Slammed #1)
Layken is forced to be the rock for her mother and younger brother after her father dies, but she’s quickly losing hope. But then everything changes when she meets Will Cooper, her attractive, older new neighbor. The pair form an immediate, intense emotional connection that leaves Layken feeling like there might actually be hope left in the world. That hope is short-lived when new revelations bring their relationship to a screeching halt. Layken and Will must find a balance between the feelings pulling them together and the secret keeping them apart.
“Wow! I can’t believe I’m only allowed to give this book five stars. It affected me on so many levels. I mean, gut-wrenching, sobbing, terms streaming down my face affected me… it touched my soul.”
All Your Perfects
- Published: 2018
Quinn and Graham met when things were difficult for both of them. But they fell in love and decided to make a life together. Now, they love still each other dearly, but they are struggling to hold it together. Will they overcome their challenges? Or will they become undone by them? No spoilers here, you’ll just have to find out for yourself.
“Emotional whiplash, Ms. Hoover. That is what awaits every single person that picks up this book you’ve created.”
Morgan Grant is determined to stop her daughter, Clara, from making the same mistakes she did: getting pregnant and married way too young. As Clara reaches 16 years old, the mother-daughter duo finds it increasingly difficult to coexist. The little peace they have left is shattered when Chris, Clara’s father and Morgan’s husband, is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. As Clara and Morgan struggle to rebuild their lives, they might just fall so far apart that it’s impossible for them to ever fall back together.
“The simplicity and consistency of the storytelling is the strongest aspect of this book. With faultless pacing front the very first page, we meet characters who are in the midst of defining moments predicated on a single decision.”
- Rating: 4.20
Auburn Reed meets Owen Gentry when she walks into his art studio looking for a job. Auburn has been determined to rebuild her life but takes a chance by putting her heart in control and letting herself fall for Owen. It seems like everything might finally work out for Auburn when Owen’s deep secret threatens to ruin it all. She is then forced to choose between loving Owen or cutting him out to rebuild her life.
“ Confess is nothing like I have ever read before, it cannot be summed up in a few words… I started this story late at night, and within the first few pages, I was crying, and I knew this book would shake me to my core.”
It Starts With Us (It Ends With Us #3)
Published: 2022 Rating: 4.19
It Starts With Us is the long-anticipated sequel to one of Colleen Hoover’s best-selling novels, It Ends With Us.
Picking up right where the first novel left off, Lily must juggle her excitement of reuniting with her first love Atlas, with the impending fear of knowing her ex-husband Ryle will not take their reunion well. The novel switches between Lily and Atlas’s perspectives to deliver long-awaited answers about Atlas’s past and Lily’s insight, as she gives love a second chance.
“My most anticipated read of the year was my most joyous read of the year. I laughed, I cried, I swooned, and I basked in the absolute privilege of being able to revisit these characters that mean so much to me. Thank you, Colleen, for giving us this gem of a book.”
Read it for book club and use our It Starts With Us reading guide .
Maybe Someday (Maybe #1)
- Published: 2014
- Rating: 4.16
Sydney was in college, had a steady job, a wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and a great roommate/best friend, Tori. You could say she had it all. Until she discovers Hunter is cheating on her, and her whole world gets flipped upside down. In order to get her mind off Hunter, Sydney sets her sights on Ridge, her mysterious neighbor – and there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore either. When the inevitable happens, the pair soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.
“Once again, Colleen Hoover has delivered an emotionally charged masterpiece that will capture your heart! Maybe Someday is not your typical romance, but I promise you, it is one of the most deeply passionate and uniquely beautiful books I have ever read.”
Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5)
- Rating: 4.15
Finding Cinderella is the first of two short novellas in the Hopeless Series. In this one, we follow Daniel, whose chance encounter leads him to love – at least for the next hour. Daniel’s mystery woman loves him on the one condition that their love will only last one hour. When the hours up, she rushes off, and Daniel is left trying to convince himself nothing he felt in the past hour was real. One year later, Daniel finally meets his Cinderella, only to find out she has a few secrets of her own.
“There’s something about Colleen Hoover’s novellas; I tend to love them more than her full-length novels. Which is so rare because most of the time novellas don’t have enough time. But this book in it’s entirely and shortness made me fall in love with it.”
This Girl (Slammed #3)
- Rating: 4.04
You’ve heard Layken’s side, but now it’s time to hear Will’s. The final novel in the Slammed Series finds Layken and Will basking in newlywed bliss until Layken yearns to know all Will’s painful secrets. For the first time ever, Will begins to untangle his most painful and intimate memories, including a few shocking confessions from when the pair first met. This Girl determines for good if Will and Layken’s love was meant to last.
“Will, Lake, and the rest of the gang in the Slammed Series have made permanent residency in my heart. So even though it was bittersweet to say goodbye, I couldn’t be happier with how Colleen Hoover has ended Will and Lake’s story.”
Maybe Now (Maybe #3)
- Rating: 4.03
The final novel in the Maybe Series has Ridge and Sydney finally happy and together. But while these two are happy, Warren and Bridgette struggle with their tumultuous relationship, and Maggie grapples with her illness. Maggie decides to live her life to the fullest and embark on an adventure of her own while keeping Ridge updated on life. This leaves Sydney dealing with past feelings of jealousy that might end with her walking away from the man she loves forever.
Never Never : Parts One, Two & Three
- Rating: 4.02
These books were originally sold individually, but they are now sold as one set. So, we’ve got descriptions for all three parts, but the link on the button will take you to the compilation.
“Hoover and Fisher have combined their unique talents to deliver a deliciously twisted tale of deceit, love, and friendship that keeps you guessing long after the heart-stopping end.”
Never Never: Part One
Charlie Wynwood and Silas Nash are in love. They’ve been in love since they were fourteen-years-old until they wake up one morning to find that they’re strangers. Every single memory they have of each other has vanished overnight. The two must now work together to figure out what happened to them, but their journey for answers seems to lead to more questions about why they were even together in the first place.
Never Never: Part Two
Never Never: Part Two picks up right where the first left off and finds Silas racing against time as more lies twist together. One this time, the stakes are higher because Charlie’s in trouble, but he’s also the only one who can bridge the chasm between their past and their present.
Never Never: Part Three
Never Never: Part Three is the much anticipated final installment to the Never Never Series. Silas and Charlize will finally learn if they can regain what they once had and if it will be enough to restore who they once were.
- Rating: 3.95
Sloan is stuck in a relationship with the dangerous and morally corrupt Asa Jackson – and she’ll do anything to get out of it. Nothing will get in the way of Sloan’s escape and Asa’s shady business – nothing except Carter.
Don’t let that fool you. This is not Colleen’s typical love triangle. Sloan does find herself falling for Carter, but Carter is an undercover cop sent to destroy Asa’s business.
Maybe Not (Maybe #2)
- Rating: 3.86
Maybe Not is a short novella from the Maybe Series that follows Warren, a side character from the first novel who begins living with Bridgette, a cold and seemingly calculated woman. Tensions run high as the two try to coexist until Warren comes up with an idea. Someone who has the capacity to hate this much must also have the capacity to love this much. Bridgette suddenly finds herself in the warm embrace of Warren, who may or may not be the one to finally teach her how to love.
- Published: 2017
- Rating: 3.85
Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets she’s forced to keep. Her once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, her father is married to her mom’s former nurse, her little brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and her older siblings are seemingly perfect. But then she meets Sagan, a man who renews Merti’s spark but is also unavailable, which causes Merit to retreat further into herself. Finally, at her wit’s end, Merit decides to shatter her happy family.
“I loved Without Merit so much. It was a powerful, intense, fun, and emotional story. From beginning to end, the journey is riveting!”
- Rating: 3.75
Leeds is convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with Layla, that is, until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scaring has left Layla a woman Leeds doesn’t recognize. Feeling distraught after his romantic gesture doesn’t bring Layla back, Leeds finds company in Willow – a stranger who shares his concerns. Leeds soon realizes he can’t have them both and must choose between who Layla was and who Willow is.
“You know that book that you open and instantly feel a connection to? The one that, even if you put it down, you can’t stop thinking of? That you carry around everywhere with you? THIS is that book for me!”
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- Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover books in order
Colleen Hoover is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels and novellas.
Born in Sulphur Springs, Texas, she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
In 2015, Colleen founded The Bookworm Box, a charity subscription service and bookstore that has since donated over $1,000,000 to assist the needy.
Her novel Confess (2015) has been filmed as a series starring Katie Leclerc and Ryan Cooper.
Colleen married Heath Hoover in 2000 and together they have three sons.
Genres: Romance, Thriller, Young Adult
- All Your Perfects
- Colleen Hoover Ebook Boxed Set Hopeless Series: Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, and Finding Perfect
- Colleen Hoover Ebook Boxed Set Maybe Someday Series: Maybe Someday, Maybe Not, Maybe Now
- Colleen Hoover Ebook Boxed Set Slammed Series: Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl
- Finding Cinderella (A Novella)
- Finding Perfect
- Heart Bones
- It Ends with Us
- It Ends with Us, It Starts with Us Ebook Collection
- It Starts with Us
- Losing Hope
- Maybe Someday
- Never Never
- Never Never: Part One
- Never Never: Part Three
- Never Never: Part Two
- Never Never: The Complete Series
- One More Step
- Point of Retreat
- Regretting You
- Reminders of Him
- Two More Days
- Without Merit
- Ugly Love (2014)
- November 9 (2015)
- Confess (2015)
- Too Late (2016)
- Without Merit (2017)
- Verity (2018)
- Regretting You (2019)
- Heart Bones (2020)
- Layla (2020)
- Reminders of Him (2022)
- Never Never (2023)
- One More Step (2020)
- Two More Days (2021)
It Ends with Us Series
- It Ends with Us (2016)
- It Starts with Us (2022)
Never Never (Co-authored with Tarryn Fisher)
- Never Never: Part One (2015)
- Never Never: Part Two (2015)
- Never Never: Part Three (2016)
- Never Never: The Complete Series (2017)
- It Ends with Us, It Starts with Us Ebook Collection (2022)
- Colleen Hoover Ebook Boxed Set Slammed Series: Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl (2022)
- Colleen Hoover Ebook Boxed Set Maybe Someday Series: Maybe Someday, Maybe Not, Maybe Now (2022)
- Colleen Hoover Ebook Boxed Set Hopeless Series: Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, and Finding Perfect (2022)
- Hopeless (2012)
- Losing Hope (2013)
- Finding Cinderella (A Novella) (2013)
- All Your Perfects (2018)
- Finding Perfect (2019)
Maybe Someday Series
- Maybe Someday (2014)
- Maybe Not (2014)
- Maybe Now (2018)
- Slammed (2012)
- Point of Retreat (2012)
- This Girl (2013)
Detailed book overview
It was never love at first sight when Tate Collins met Miles Archer, an airline pilot. In fact, they didn’t even consider themselves friends.
Their intense, indisputable attraction however sees them set up the perfect agreement. Miles isn’t looking for love and Tate doesn’t have time for love—so sex it is!
Miles however has only for two rules for her:
Never ask about the past. Don’t expect a future.
The two are convinced that they can handle it, only to soon realize just how hard it really is.
Hearts will be invaded. Promises will be shattered. Love will get ugly.
“You’ll never be able to find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.”
When Ben and Fallon end up spending her last day in L.A. together thanks to their mistimed meeting and attraction, her hectic life gives Ben the kind of inspiration he has always been yearning for his novel.
Despite leading separate lives in their respective relationships, the two continue to meet over time on the same date every year.
That is however until Fallon starts having her doubts about Ben; uncertain whether he has been creating a perfect reality just so he can get the most ideal plot twist.
Will their relationship, and is novel, prove to be a love story if it ends in heartache?
Auburn Reed had already lost everything dear to her by the time she was twenty-one.
As she struggles to pick up the broken pieces and rebuild her life, her sole promise is that there simply won’t be any room for error.
When she however goes job searching at a Dallas art studio, an attraction with the artistic Owen Gentry is formed.
She for the first time puts her heart in control, only to find out that Owen is hiding a deadly secret.
Owen must confess if their relationship is to survive, but confessing could very well cause more damage than the actual sin.
Sloan will go to the ends of the earth for those she loves. She in fact does it daily.
Mud stuck in a toxic relationship with the wild and disreputable Asa Jackson, she’ll do whatever it takes to persevere until she finds a way out.
Nothing will get in her way, except Carter.
Sloan is the best thing to ever happen to Asa, while Asa similarly claims to be the best thing to ever happen to Sloan.
He leads an inappropriate lifestyle and nothing will get in his way—except Carter.
“Not every mistake deserves a consequence."
Nothing about the Voss family is normal.
The once cancer-affected mother resides in the basement, the father is married to the former nurse of the ailing mother, the young half-brother never does anything fun while the eldest siblings are annoyingly perfect.
Merit Voss on the other hand is unlike the rest of the family. Forced to keep her family secrets for the longest times, she one day decides to desert her them for good.
But when her escape plans fails, Merit is forced to face repercussions that could see her lose her one true love.
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the verge of a financial disaster.
So when Jeremy Crawford, who is married to bestselling author Verity Crawford, offers to finish up the remaining books on behalf of his injured wife, Lowen willingly accepts.
Although Lowen only intends to stay at the Crawford home for perhaps one or two nights to collect all the notes she needs, she finds herself spending more and more time with Jeremy.
In the process however, she comes across a disturbing manuscript that Verity swore to take to her grave.
And for Jeremy, discovering the truth would truly shatter his already grieving heart.
Morgan Grant doesn’t want Clara, her sixteen-year-old daughter, to repeat her mistakes of getting pregnant and married while still way young; something that forced her to postpone her dreams.
Clara also doesn’t want to follow the same path that her now predictably organized mother took.
But with opposing ambitions and personalities, Morgan and Clara struggle to live with each other.
The only unifying factor in the family is Chris— Morgan’s husband and Clara’s dad.
Everything however changes when Chris is involved in a terrible and suspicious accident; one which will have ramifications that will stretch beyond just Morgan and Clara.
If it were up to Beyah, she wouldn’t even be born.
Yet here she is, struggling to make something out of herself.
Now just two months shy of the future that she has struggled to build, a tragic event leaves her with nowhere to go; forcing her to spend the rest of the summer with her alienated father in Texas.
She plans on keeping a low profile for the remainder of the summer, until she meets Samson.
Born with a silver spoon, Samson's life is in stark contrast to that of Beyah. However, the two have more in common than they could have possibly imagined.
When Leeds crosses paths with Layla, he has no doubt that she’s his dream woman.
All that however changes when Layla is hospitalized for weeks after a vicious attack.
Upon being discharged, Leeds takes her to the B&B where they first met in an effort to heal her emotional trauma; efforts which prove futile after Layla’s behavior take a turn for the worse.
Estranged, Leeds crosses paths with Willow at the B&B and the two spark an instant connection.
But as his interest in Willow blossoms, his desperation to help her conflicts with his priority to assist Layla.
Who will help in the end, given that he can’t save both women?
After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself.
The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them.
The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk. Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a future out of hope and healing.
Never stop...Never forget...Just remember.
Charlie Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They've been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning...they are complete strangers. Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love...every memory has vanished. Now Charlie and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why.
But the more they learn about the couple they used to be...the more they question why they were ever together to begin with. Forgetting is terrifying, but remembering may be worse.
NB: Co-authored with Tarryn Fisher.
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The following authors have contributed to this anthology:
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The Bookworm Box is proud to present Two More Days, our second anthology installment. Much like the first installment, Two More Days is an exciting and unique reading experience with contributions from several of our charity's featured authors. Each author was given the same first sentence. Where they took that sentence was completely up to them.
Every story is different. No story is related.
The only thing these stories have in common is their starting point. Each author showcased in this anthology was featured in The Bookworm Box in 2020. Each author has graciously donated their story so that 100% of profits from this anthology will be going to the various charities The Bookworm Box is able to support because of you, the readers.
Contributing authors: Aileen Erin, Alessandra Torre, Chanda Hahn, Charleigh Rose, Colleen Hoover, Dominique Laura, Eric R. Asher, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Jennifer Wilson, Jessica Hawkins, Jewel E. Ann, K. Bromberg, Kandi Steiner, Karina Halle, Katie Ashley, Kelsie Stelting, Laurelin Paige, Leia Stone, Lexi Ryan, Lora Richardson, M. Robinson, Marni Mann, Max Monroe, Meagan Brandy, Micalea Smeltzer, Dr. Rebecca Sharp, R.K. Lilley, S.J. West, Tijan, Willow Aster.
Lily has worked incredibly hard for the life she envisions for herself.
Having come from a little town in Maine, she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and launched her own business and even met Ryle Kincaid—the charming neurosurgeon.
Although Lily is his weakness, Ryle is quite confident, stubborn and with a pinch of arrogance.
He however has a “no dating” rule, which makes Lily curious about Atlas Corrigan—the woman he first fell in love with.
Lily and Ryle’s relationship will face the ultimate test when Atlas suddenly resurfaces.
Before It Ends with Us, it started with Atlas. Colleen Hoover tells fan favorite Atlas’s side of the story and shares what comes next in this long-anticipated sequel to the “glorious and touching” (USA TODAY) #1 New York Times bestseller It Ends with Us.
Charlie Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They've been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning... they are complete strangers. Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love... every memory has vanished.
Charlie and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be, the more they question why they were ever together to begin with.
“Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last. And never stop loving me between all of them. Never stop, Charlie. Never forget.”
Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers.
Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can't imagine, beckons to be found.
“Where are you, Charlie?”
New York Times bestselling authors Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are back with the much-anticipated final installment in the Never Never novella series.
Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything.
Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?
Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been buddies ever since they were young. Having been in love since they were fourteen, they hold dear memories of their first kiss, their first fight and the moment they fell in love.
This morning however, they are distant strangers.
What really happened to them?
Why were they ever together in the first place if they feel this way about each other?
This book is a collaborative work by Colleen Hoover, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hopeless , and Tarryn Fisher, the New York Times bestselling author of Mud Vein.
In the “brave and heartbreaking” (Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author) #1 New York Times bestselling TikTok sensation It Ends with Us , Lily is overwhelmed with passion for the inflexible and proud Ryle. But her too-good-to-be-true romance is suddenly a lot more complicated when her first love, Atlas, suddenly comes back into her life.
Then, in It Starts with Us , read Atlas’s side of the story as Colleen Hoover explores more of Atlas’s past and what comes next for him, Lily, and Ryle.
In Slammed , Colleen Hoover beautifully captures all the magic and confusion of first love, as two young people forge an unlikely bond before discovering that fate has other plans for them.
In Point of Retreat, eighteen-year-old Layken and twenty-one-year-old Will have endured hardships and they may have to fall even further apart to realize just how much they belong together.
And in This Girl, readers learn that there are two sides to every love story—now hear Will’s, in the gripping conclusion to the beloved Slammed series.
Colleen Hoover brings readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache and this ebook collection is the perfect gift for her fans.
In Maybe Someday , college student Sydney is devastated when she discovers that her beloved boyfriend is cheating on her. Facing an uncertain future, she finds herself increasingly entranced by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge.
In Maybe Not, a spinoff novella to Maybe Someday, Ridge’s roommate Warren jumps at the chance to have a female roommate. But the wrong kind of sparks fly, with the two barely able to stand being around one another. Nevertheless, Warren is determined to woo the passionate and fiery Bridgette, if only she'd stop fighting him long enough to see how charming he is.
Picking up where Maybe Someday left off, Maybe Now concludes the magical series as Maggie grapples with her illness and determination to live life to the fullest. She includes Ridge on her adventures, raising Sydney’s suspicions. As each of them faces questions about their future, Sydney must make an important decision about her and Ridge’s relationship.
In Hopeless , readers are introduced to Sky Davis, a troubled girl who falls for an equally troubled classmate, Dean Holder. The two embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover lessons of life, love, trust, and above all, the healing power only truth can bring.
In Losing Hope, readers learn the truth about Dean and how sometimes, in order to move forward, one must first face the past.
In Finding Cinderella, a novella about the search for happily ever after, a chance encounter in the dark leads Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love each other—for just one hour, but it’s only make-believe…
And Finding Perfect brings together all the beloved characters from both the Hopeless series and All Your Perfects—Daniel, Six, Holder, Sky, and Breckin with Quinn and Graham—to deliver the heartwarming conclusion that fans have been hoping for, and illustrates the power of following a difficult journey through to the end to discover what comes next.
“Learning the truth can sometimes leave you more hopeless than believing the lies.”
That is the lesson that Sky Davis learnt after she met Dean Holder.
Coming with a reputation that could only match her own, and equipped with a mysterious ability to stir her feelings like no one else ever has, Dean terrifies and attracts Sky from their very first meeting.
No longer able to fight off his intense charm, Sky eventually gives in. It however doesn’t take long for her to discover the source of his unstable and unpredictable behavior.
It truly will test her belief in the dejected boy that she has fallen in love with.
“In order to move forward in life, you must sometimes face the past”
Holder has throughout his life been haunted by thought of the girls he couldn’t save from danger.
He has never moved on, and is constantly searching for the girl in order to make peace with his heart.
Unbeknownst to him however, their meeting will cause even greater pain to him.
In the first installation of the Hopeless Series , we learnt of what happened when Sky Davis, an unsettled girl, met a long-lost childhood friend by the name Dean Holder.
Hopeless was the story of Sky. Losing Hope is the story of Dean.
After an accidental encounter in the dark, eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl agree to love each other. The only condition however is that their professed love will only last for an hour!
When the hour elapses, the girl takes off like Cinderella, as Daniel tries to convince himself that what occurred was only just make-believe.
A year later, after one awful relationship, Daniel meets Six: a mysterious girl whose name is just as strange as her personality.
There are however no such things as fairytales. And unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella threatens their happily ever after, rather than assuring it.
This third book of the Hopeless Series can also be read as a standalone novel.
“Can a sonorous love between two imperfect people begin well and end well?”
Quinn and Graham have had a marriage that is everything but perfect, and this is the one thing that threatens their perfect love.
The memories, slip ups and secrets that the two have compounded over the year is now drawing them further apart.
At this point, the only thing that can save them could very well be the one thing that pushes their marriage on the edge—to the point of having irreconcilable differences.
This is a heartfelt and sincere novel about a wounded couple whose future is based on a promise made in the past.
This book marks the return of some of Colleen Hoover's most adored characters. Told through the personal thoughts and opinions of Daniel from Finding Cinderella, readers will in the end get the conclusion that they have been yearning for.
In order to get the ultimate reading experience, this moving book should be read after Hopeless (2012), Losing Hope (2013), Finding Cinderella (2013) and All Your Perfects (2018).
A college student with a stable job, sharing a room with her best friend Tori, and madly in love with her delightful boyfriend Hunter, it’s safe to say that twenty-two year old Sydney has an amazing life.
All that however changes in a split second when she learns that Hunter is cheating on her, and she still doesn’t know what action to take.
Sydney has a mysterious neighbor, Ridge, who she just can’t take her eyes off. For some reason, Ridge also can’t ignore her.
When the unavoidable meeting of the two finally takes place, Sydney and Ridge will realize they need each other in more ways than one.
Also a standalone novel, this book is about friendship, disloyalty and romance.
Warren jumped head first at the opportunity of having a female roommate. It was an exciting change. Or maybe not.
Bridgette, the roommate, is however scheming and unwelcoming. When tensions become palpable and tempers reach boiling point, the two can’t even stand being in the same room together.
But according to Warren, anyone who can hate with that passion can also love with that passion.
Will Bridgette eventually learn how to love?
Maybe. Maybe not.
This second installation of the Maybe Someday Series is a spinoff and can as such be read separately.
What’s more important? Is it friendship, loyalty or love?
Colleen Hoover and Griffin Peterson collaborate once again to bring fans of Maybe Someday back
This book brings together the musical world of Ridge, Sydney, Maggie, Warren and Bridgette, as they go through new relationships and old friendships.
Although it is a follow-up to the New York Times bestselling novel, Maybe Someday, this book should be read after Maybe Not.
Eighteen-year-old Layken becomes the cornerstone for both her mother and younger brother after the sudden death of her father.
Although she maintains a strong outward appearance, she is assuredly losing all hope.
Layken however gets a new lease of life when she meets Will, her new handsome twenty-one-year-old neighbor who so happens to be passionate about poetry slams.
But soon after their first date, the two make a shocking discovery that suddenly ends their new relationship.
When daily interactions become unbearable due to the constant struggle between their true feelings and the forces that pull then apart, poetry will intervene.
In Slammed , young couple Layken and Will had a love strong that it conquered insurmountable challenges to emerge stronger than before.
In Point of Retrea t, the story of the two continues where a secret from Will’s past leaves them with doubts about what they thought they knew about each other.
With the very force that holds their relationship weakening, Layken and Will must decide whether they are want to fight for their future, or retreat once again to a life of loneliness and heartache.
"For every love story, there are two sides. This is Will’s side."
Having fought for their love and overcome insurmountable challenges to emerge stronger than ever before, young lovers Layken and Will are now happily married; enjoying the safety and security of their union.
Although Layken loves their new life together, she still has the insatiable desire to know everything about her husband, even though for Will, it only invokes upsetting memories from the past.
Unable to resist his wife’s request however, Will starts revealing his deepest thoughts and feelings, narrating both the good, bad and nasty moments.
In this final part of the Slammed Series , the future of their relationship will depend on how they tackle issues from the past.
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I put my hand on the mattress to lift myself up off the floor, but immediately shift backward onto my palms when I catch Verity watching me. Her head is in a different position, turned to the right, her eyes on mine.
my blood runs cold when my eyes are pulled to the figure standing at the top of the stairs. She’s just standing there, watching her husband as his mouth roams over my breast. My entire body stiffens beneath Jeremy. Verity’s fists clench at her sides before she rushes back in the direction of her room.
He fell asleep while I was in the bathroom, attempting to abort his daughters with a wire hanger.
“After all, this is a house full of Chronics. The next tragedy is already long overdue.”
"Find what you love and let it kill you." -Charles Bukowski
I was good at spewing bullshit. It’s why I became a writer.
“Some families are lucky enough to never experience a single tragedy. But then there are those families that seem to have tragedies waiting on the back burner. What can go wrong, goes wrong. And then gets worse.”
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10 Best Colleen Hoover Books
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Who Is Colleen Hoover?
Colleen Hoover is an American author who writes romance novels and young adult fiction. She has published twelve novels, two novellas, and one short story collection. Hoover’s novels have been translated into several languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide.
Her debut novel, Slammed, was published in 2012 and became a New York Times bestseller . Some of the other best Colleen Hoover books include Hopeless, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Ugly Love, Confess, November 9, It Ends with Us,Without Merit, All Your Perfects, and Too Late.
Hoover has won numerous awards for her writing, including the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance and the Amazon Book of the Year Award. In addition to writing novels, Hoover also runs a successful book blog called The Book Junkee.
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- 336 Pages – 10/26/2021 (Publication Date) – Grand Central Publishing (Publisher)
#2: Ugly Love A Novel
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- 333 Pages – 08/05/2014 (Publication Date) – Atria Books (Publisher)
#3: Reminders of Him A Novel
- 335 Pages – 01/18/2022 (Publication Date) – Montlake (Publisher)
#4: It Ends with Us A Novel 1
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- 384 Pages – 08/02/2016 (Publication Date) – Atria (Publisher)
#5: November 9 A Novel
- New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a…
- Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move.
- 320 Pages – 11/10/2015 (Publication Date) – Atria (Publisher)
#6: Heart Bones
- 336 Pages – 08/24/2020 (Publication Date) – Independently published (Publisher)
#7: It Starts with Us A Novel It Ends with Us Book 2
- 10/18/2022 (Publication Date) – Atria Books (Publisher)
#8: Regretting You
- 365 Pages – 12/10/2019 (Publication Date) – Montlake (Publisher)
#9: All Your Perfects A Novel
- 320 Pages – 07/17/2018 (Publication Date) – Atria (Publisher)
#10: Maybe Someday
- 385 Pages – 03/18/2014 (Publication Date) – Atria Books (Publisher)
Why Are Colleen Hoover Books So Popular?
Colleen Hoover is a popular author for many reasons. Her books are well-written and engaging, and they often deal with relatable themes such as love, loss, and friendship.
Hoover also has a gift for creating believable characters that readers can’t help but root for. In addition, her books tend to be fast-paced and suspenseful, keeping readers glued to the page until the very end.
All of these factors combine to make Colleen Hoover one of the most popular authors around. And with so many great titles to choose from, it’s no wonder that her fans keep coming back for more.
Are Colleen Hoover Books Worth It?
Colleen’s novels are typically classified as romance or women’s fiction, but they often feature elements of other genres as well, including suspense, mystery, and even comedy. While Colleen’s books are all excellent, some stand out above the rest.
Here are three of the best Colleen Hoover books , in no particular order.
First on the list is It Ends With Us . This novel tells the story of Lily Bloom, a young woman who has been through some tough experiences in her life. Despite this, she’s worked hard to build a successful career and create a happy life for herself.
However, when she meets Atlas Corrigan, she starts to question everything she thought she knew about love and relationships. It Ends With Us is an emotional rollercoaster of a novel that will leave you both laughing and crying.
Next up is November 9 . This book follows Fallon O’Neill and Ben Hudson, two people who meet by chance and instantly connect. However, their relationship is fraught with challenges from the very beginning.
First, they live in different states and can only see each other on weekends. Second, Ben is dealing with some major baggage from his previous relationships. And third, they both have secrets that could destroy their relationship if they’re ever revealed.
November 9 is a touching story about learning to trust again and taking chances on love.
Finally, we have Confess . This novel follows Auburn Reed and Owen Gentry, two artists with very different backgrounds. Auburn is a street artist who lives in Atlanta, while Owen is a wealthy gallery owner from New York City.
Despite their differences, they’re drawn to each other and begin a tentative relationship. However, when dark secrets from Auburn’s past begin to surface, Owen starts to question whether he really knows her at all. Confess is a suspenseful novel that will keep you guessing until the very end.
If you’re looking for a great read, any of these Colleen Hoover books would be an excellent choice.
Who Are Colleen Hoover Books For?
Colleen Hoover is one of the most popular authors in the Romance genre. Her books have strong themes of love, loss, and hope , and her characters are relatable and likable. Her writing style is fast-paced and emotional , and her stories always keep readers engaged.
While Colleen Hoover’s books are definitely romance novels, they can be enjoyed by readers of all ages . In fact, many of her fans are teens and young adults who appreciate her relatable characters and powerful messages.
If you’re looking for a well-written romance novel with complex characters and an engaging plot, then Colleen Hoover is definitely the author for you.
How to Choose The Best Colleen Hoover Books
If you’re looking for a good Colleen Hoover book to read, there are a few things to consider.
First, think about what you’re in the mood for. Colleen Hoover has written both contemporary and historical romance, so if you have a preference, that’s a good place to start.
Secondly, take a look at the reviews . Not all of Colleen Hoover’s books are created equal, and some are definitely better than others. Reading reviews can help you narrow down your choices and find the perfect book for you.
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask your friends or family for recommendations . If you know someone who’s a big Colleen Hoover fan, they’re sure to have a favorite that they think you’ll love just as much.
With these tips in mind, you’re sure to find the best Colleen Hoover book for you.Happy reading!
In what order should I read Colleen Hoover’s books?
Colleen Hoover is a New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, including Slammed, This Girl, and Point of Retreat. She has won several awards for her work, including the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance.
So, in what order should you read Colleen Hoover’s books? If you’re a fan of contemporary romance, you’ll want to start with Slammed . This novel tells the story of two young poets who fall in love against the odds.
For fans of Young Adult fiction, This Girl is a must-read. The novel follows the complicated relationship between a girl and her best friend’s brother.
And finally, for fans of suspenseful thrillers, Point of Retreat is Colleen Hoover’s most spine-chilling novel yet. It follows a woman who is being stalked by an obsessive ex-boyfriend.
So, there you have it! These are Colleen Hoover’s best books, in order from first to last.
What is Colleen Hoover’s saddest book?
Colleen Hoover books often deal with heavy topics like abuse and addiction, and she is known for writing emotionally charged scenes that have made readers both laugh and cry.
While all of her books contain elements of both romance and tragedy, some are sadder than others.
Colleen Hoover’s saddest book is probably All Your Perfects , a novel about a struggling marriage. The book follows the story of Quinn and Graham, a couple who seem to have it all until they start to crumble under the weight of their secrets and lies.
All Your Perfects is a heartbreaking novel about the power of love and the importance of communication, and it will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
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Colleen Hoover’s 26 Books, In Chronological Order
The romance author, whose bestseller “It Ends With Us” is currently being adapted into a movie, has published 26 books. Here’s all of them in order.
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Time to catch up on your romance novels.
Colleen Hoover, author of the inescapable dark-sided romance It Ends With Us , has published 26 books. While the Blake Lively-led film adaptation of her best-selling hit remains on hold for the writer’s strike , it’s time to catch up on Hoover’s works, dating all the way back to 2012.
In Hoover’s 2012 debut, she tackled the butterfly-filled period of confusion that is first love. Meet Layken and Will.
Point of Retreat (2012)
A follow-up in her Slammed succession, Layken and Will’s heart-stopping romance begins to unravel.
The first book in her Hopeless series, Hoover opened up the fabled relationship of Sky and Dean.
This Girl (2013)
In the final of her Slammed books, Hoover allows the reader to take up Will’s point of view.
Losing Hope (2013)
In the second Hopeless book, readers finally learn the truth about Dean, changing his relationship with Sky forever.
Finding Cinderella (2013)
An epilogue to the Hopeless series, follow the strand of Dean and Sky’s relationship to a new growing couple, Daniel and Six.
Maybe Someday (2014)
Launching into her Maybe books, readers enter the twisting loves of Sydney.
Ugly Love (2014)
One of Hoover’s first smash hits, watch her tear apart the notion of love at first sight.
Maybe Not (2014)
What’s more classic than the looming enemies-to-lovers arc? Enter Hoover’s second Maybe novella.
Lies and deceit can be the final nail in the coffin for a strong relationship. Will Owen ever confess? You’ll have to read and see.
November 9 (2015)
Art and love will forever be tied. Here, Hoover considers the growing relationship between a writer and his muse.
Too Late (2016)
While Hoover’s dramatic arcs were certainly complex, Too Late marked her first stab at a true thriller. What happens when you mix love and obsession?
Never Never (2016)
Joining forces with The Wives author Tarryn Fisher, Hoover takes on yet another new genre: mystery.
It Ends With Us (2016)
Hoover’s gold standard, It Ends With Us remains a leading book in the fiction market at large. Starting as a pure romance, it asks readers to tackle difficult questions of love and violence.
Without Merit (2017)
Straying from her romantic impulses, Hoover takes on the idealized family image with grit, tearing it down piece by piece.
All Your Perfects (2018)
Another addition to the Hopeless world, Quinn and Graham fight their way through growing marital troubles.
Maybe Now (2018)
Long awaited, Hoover provides satisfying closure for both of her previous Maybe books.
A #1 New York Times bestseller, Verity proves once and for all that Hoover knows her way around a psychological thriller. Follow the unspooling history of Verity Crawford.
Finding Perfect (2019)
Six years after wrapping up their stories, Hoover revives the Hopeless favorites Dean, Sky, Daniel and Six for one last novella.
Regretting You (2019)
Meet Morgan and Clara, the complicated mother-daughter duo you didn’t know you needed. Maternal love is challenged, pulled apart, and ultimately celebrated.
One More Step (2020)
Her first anthology addition, Hoover takes on the Bookworm Box challenge: start with the same sentence as a litany of other writers, and craft your own narrative.
Heart Bones (2020)
Returning to her Slammed roots, Hoover dives deep into the unsteady world of adolescent love.
After tragedy strikes, Leeds attempts to rekindle his budding love with Layla. That is, until her behavior becomes erratic, and Willow enters the picture.
Two More Days (2021)
Hoover returns for round two of the Bookworm Box challenge, flexing her literary muscles.
Reminders of Him (2022)
After returning from prison, suffering mother Kenna attempts to reunite with her daughter. This story of troubled redemption will tug at your heartstrings.
It Starts With Us (2022)
Shifting to fan-favorite Atlas’ perspective, Hoover returns to the world of her best-selling It Ends With Us , providing fan service for her legions of readers.
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How Colleen Hoover Rose to Rule the Best-Seller List
With legions of devoted fans and a knack for high-voltage emotional drama, Hoover has sold more than 20 million books. And she’s done it her way.
Colleen Hoover at home in Texas this month. “She’s defying the laws of how the market works,” said an industry analyst. Credit... Jake Dockins for The New York Times
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By Alexandra Alter
- Published Oct. 9, 2022 Updated June 21, 2023
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Colleen Hoover has sold more books this year than Dr. Seuss. She’s sold more books than James Patterson and John Grisham — combined.
To say she’s currently the best-selling novelist in the United States, to even compare her to other successful authors who have landed several books on the best seller lists, fails to capture the size and loyalty of her audience.
She holds six of the top 10 spots on The New York Times’s paperback fiction best-seller list , a stunning number of simultaneous best sellers from a single author. She has sold 8.6 million print books this year alone — more copies than the Bible, according to NPD BookScan.
And her success — a shock that she’s still processing, she said — has upended the publishing industry’s most entrenched assumptions about what sells books.
When she self-published her first young adult novel, “Slammed,” in January of 2012, Hoover was making $9 an hour as a social worker, living in a single-wide trailer with her husband, a long-distance truck driver, and their three sons. She was elated when she made $30 in royalties. It was enough to pay the water bill.
Hoover, 42, didn’t have a publisher, an agent or any of the usual marketing machinery that goes into engineering a best seller: the six-figure marketing campaigns, the talk-show and podcast tours, the speaking gigs and literary awards, the glowing reviews from mainstream book critics.
But seven months later, “Slammed” hit the New York Times best-seller list. By May, Hoover had made $50,000 in royalties, money she used to pay back her stepfather for the trailer. By the summer, with two books on the best-seller list — “Slammed” and a sequel, “Point of Retreat,” — she quit her job to write full time.
Her success has happened largely on her terms, led by readers who act as her evangelists, driving sales through ecstatic online reviews and viral reaction videos.
Her fans, who are mostly women, call themselves CoHorts and post gushing reactions to her books’ devastating climaxes. A CoHo fan who made the following plea on TikTok is typical: “I want Colleen Hoover to punch me in the face. That would hurt less than these books.”
So far in 2022, five of the top 10 best-selling print books of any genre are Hoover’s, according to NPD BookScan , and many of her current best-sellers came out years ago, a phenomenon that’s almost unheard-of in publishing.
“She’s defying the laws of how the market works,” said the publishing industry analyst Peter Hildick-Smith.
Most blockbuster authors break out because of a popular series, like “Twilight” or “Harry Potter,” or build a brand by writing in a recognizable genre. Hoover is eclectic. She’s written romances, a steamy psychological thriller, a ghost story, harrowing novels about domestic violence, drug abuse, homelessness and poverty. Though her books are hard to categorize, most of them have an addictive combination of sex, drama and outrageous plot twists.
“I kept being told that authors need to brand themselves as one thing. And I was like, well, why can’t I brand myself as everything?” Hoover said. “Why can’t I just brand myself as Colleen Hoover?”
‘She’s in Charge.’
Hoover’s devoted fan base has given her a degree of control over her work that is unusual in publishing.
She got her start self-publishing and has continued to do so on occasion, but has also struck deals with multiple publishers, sometimes selling print rights and keeping the e-book rights. She is currently under contract to release six books with three publishers over the next five years: three new thrillers with Grand Central, a Hachette imprint; two new romance novels with Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster; and a new novel with Montlake, Amazon Publishing’s romance imprint.
“You think about John Grisham or Lee Child or James Patterson, those guys are creatures of the traditional publishing market. They were made by big publishers, they’ve been working with the same publishers for many years, they have a strong formula — it’s like a machine,” said Kristen McLean, the primary industry analyst for NPD BookScan. “She’s just different. She’s in charge.”
Hoover’s books are now dominating the best seller lists years after they were first released. Her top-selling book, “It Ends With Us,” a drama about a florist who falls for a brooding, abusive neurosurgeon, came out six years ago, but reappeared on the best-seller list in 2021 and has remained a fixture there: It’s currently No. 1 on The New York Times paperback list, and has sold four million copies. After fans begged for a sequel, Hoover wrote a continuation, titled “It Starts with Us,” which Atria will release on Oct. 18, with a first printing of 2.5 million copies.
Hoover’s deft use of social media, where she has 3.9 million followers across platforms and posts goofy, self-deprecating videos, helped grow her audience. So did timing: While she built a strong fan base early in her career, her sales soared during the pandemic, when her books became a sensation on TikTok. To date, the hashtag #colleenhoover has amassed more than 2.4 billion views.
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Libby McGuire, the head of Atria, Hoover’s main publisher, called the phenomenon “the reverse of the Oprah book club.” Whereas Oprah was one woman making a recommendation, and sometimes selling two million books, now it’s a hundred people making a recommendation — and selling four million books, McGuire said.
“We’re all just sitting back going, ‘OK, what’s the next one they’re going to pick?’” McGuire said.
Hoover, who says she suffers from “the worst case of impostor syndrome in the world,” seems bewildered by it all.
“I read other people’s books, and I’m so envious. I’m thinking, ‘Oh my God, these are so much better, why are mine selling the way they are?’” she said.
“It’s not me,” she continued. “The readers are controlling what is selling right now.”
A Well-Oiled Operation
On a scorching summer day in Dallas, Hoover sat in a corporate conference room, looking anxious as a makeup artist fussed over her. When the stylist cheerfully asked what kind of look she was going for, Hoover seemed stumped.
“Whatever you think will help,” Hoover said. “This is so awkward for me.”
Later, hair curled into long beach waves and eyelashes applied, Hoover made her way to a cavernous underground convention hall. She took her place at a folding table, prepared for a keyed-up crowd at Book Bonanza, an annual charity romance convention she organizes.
For the next five hours, fueled by a steady stream of Diet Pepsi, Hoover signed books and posed for selfies with more than 500 fans. Many of them towed dozens of Hoover’s books in wheeled crates. Some were giddy, presenting gifts of chocolates and unicorn erasers. Others were overwhelmed, shaking and teary.
Hoover’s signings are well-oiled operations that unfold with the precision of an assembly line. A team of assistants kept the line moving: One greeted fans and scribbled their names on sticky notes. Another handed out goody bags. A third took readers’ cellphones and snapped photos of Hoover smiling with them as she signed.
The encounter often lasted less than a minute, but for CoHorts, meeting her is akin to making a religious pilgrimage.
“I’m going to cry,” one reader, Angie LePine, from Denton, Texas, told Hoover. “You are part of my life.”
LePine said she started reading Hoover’s books in high school, and returned to them a few years ago when she was struggling with postpartum depression.
“Her writing helped me laugh, cry, fall in love,” she said. “The books helped me learn how to feel again.”
A fan who had come from Cape Cod sheepishly set 18 books in front of Hoover. “I may have gone overboard,” the woman, Marie Kade, said.
By 7 p.m., Hoover had signed thousands of books, as well as T-shirts, mugs, a phallus-shaped wooden charcuterie board, and a baby onesie that said “Future CoHort Member.” Her attention to fans never flagged, but afterward, she seemed depleted, and made a stealth exit through a back service tunnel.
Making the Best-Seller List
Hoover grew up in Saltillo, a small town about 90 miles east of Dallas. Her earliest memory is from when she was two: She woke up one night to her father yelling, and saw him throw a television set at her mother, knocking her down. Her parents divorced shortly after. Hoover later learned that her father, who died when she was 25, had been an alcoholic and had physically abused her mother.
When she was four, her mother remarried. Money was tight. Their family owned a small dairy farm with about 50 cows where Hoover and her older sister, Lin, worked in the early mornings and weekends.
When Hoover filed for financial aid to attend a community college in 1997, she learned her family made $13,000 that year. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in social work, and spent years working in social services: at a child advocacy center, a home health hospice, then a state agency that offers nutrition counseling.
In 2011, when her youngest son was 7, he was cast in a play at a local theater. Hoover borrowed her mother’s laptop to entertain herself during his rehearsals. Watching slam poetry videos on YouTube gave her an idea for a novel about a lonely teenage girl who discovers slam poetry.
She shared chapters with family members and friends. Her boss at the nutrition center, Stephanie Cohen, loved it so much that she took some case work for Hoover, allowing her to write during the day. In January of 2012, Hoover uploaded the book — “Slammed” — to Amazon’s self-publishing platform.
“She called me one day and said, ‘Mom, six people I don’t know bought the book’,” Hoover’s mother, Vannoy Fite, recalled. “The next day, it was 60 people.”
When the trickle of sales turned into a flood, publishers pounced. Hoover signed with a literary agent, Jane Dystel, and sold rights to her first two novels to Atria. Atria made an offer on her third novel, but Hoover liked the freedom of self-publishing, and released it herself. It hit No. 1 on The New York Times’s best-seller list. (Atria later acquired the rights.)
Heath, her husband, started watching their boys so Hoover could write, and she hired Cohen, her former boss, to help run her business. “I still call her my boss,” Hoover said. “She runs our whole life and I don’t spend a penny without her permission.”
After “Slammed,” she wrote more than 20 books, jumping from young adult romance to erotica to a thriller. But it was in 2020, with the pandemic, that Hoover’s sales really started to pick up. That spring, Hoover made five of her e-books free. Readers devoured the free novels — and started buying her entire backlist. Hoover thought it was a fleeting moment, but it persisted. Novels that were years old popped back on the best seller lists.
“We were like, ‘Where is this coming from?’” said Melanie Iglesias Pérez, Hoover’s editor at Atria. “That’s when we started to see the TikTok videos.”
It was better publicity than anyone in sales or marketing could have engineered, she said.
Neither Hoover nor her business manager, Cohen, offered exact sales figures, and the total is hard to calculate, since royalty rates are different for self-published books, and she spreads her titles across several publishers. But there’s no question her books, now carried by chains like Walmart, Sam’s Club and Costco, have made a fortune: Collectively, Hoover’s publishers have sold more than 20 million copies.
“I used to get excited if I went into a bookstore and saw a paperback. Now I walk into a Barnes & Noble and they have a Colleen Hoover table,” Hoover told me. “It’s insane.”
‘We’re Not Flashy People’
Fame has come as a shock to Hoover, who is almost painfully introverted, and dislikes being in the spotlight. “I’ve been so nervous about this,” she said about participating in this article. “I don’t do well with interviews.”
She still shops at Walmart in her pajamas, and lives on the same 100-acre plot of land where her family’s farm used to be. Her uncle still harvests hay for his cattle on the property.
In 2015, with profits from her books, her family demolished the old dairy barn and built a spacious but homey single story ranch house. Hoover allowed herself a few indulgences: Her living room has built-in display spaces for gem stones and crystals. In her home office, a bookcase opens onto a secret second office where she sometimes hides away to write.
Her mother lives on the property. They are extremely close, and have matching heart tattoos on the inside of their wrists; Hoover writes about her admiration for her mother in an author’s note for “It Ends With Us,” her book about domestic abuse. Hoover knows almost everyone in her small town, and still keeps in touch with her high school classmates. “We’re not flashy people,” she said.
Some side effects of fame have been unnerving. Earlier this year, Hoover had a large metal security gate — custom designed to feature the same heart shape as her wrist tattoo — installed after some fans posted a video from her driveway on TikTok. The pressure to meet deadlines and to keep her business running has taken a toll, and Hoover canceled her book tour for “It Starts With Us,” because of stress-related health issues.
As Hoover has grown from an indie author with a cult following to an inescapable pop culture phenomenon, there is also, inevitably, a growing chorus of online critics who say she’s overrated. Hoover gets it — she is tired of seeing herself on TikTok, too.
“My feed became all Colleen Hoover stuff,” she said. “I just wanted to see cat videos, you know?”
Occasionally, Hoover has turned to the novelist E L James , the author of the erotica blockbuster “Fifty Shades of Gray,” for advice about navigating sudden success. This summer, they spent a morning together in Dallas before the romance convention, getting blowouts, shopping at Target, where they stealthily signed copies of their books, and eating chicken fried steak at Cracker Barrel.
“I call her all the time about what’s going on with me right now,” Hoover said. “It’s weird and not that many people have gone through it.”
As her audience has grown, Hoover has struggled at times to maintain her close connection with her readers. After the romance convention, Hoover heard complaints from some volunteers and friends who felt slighted. Hoover cried on the drive home, and called her mother.
“She was like, ‘You know what, Colleen? This is the trade off,” Hoover said. “And I was like, you’re right. You know, I’m very thankful for everything that’s happening with my career. It’s also scary.”
Just as she never expected to be a best-selling author, she said, she doesn’t expect it to last.
“Still, in my head I’m like, ‘This is going to end tomorrow,’” she said. “So I need to enjoy it.”
Audio produced by Kate Winslett .
Alexandra Alter writes about publishing and the literary world. Before joining The Times in 2014, she covered books and culture for The Wall Street Journal. Prior to that, she reported on religion, and the occasional hurricane, for The Miami Herald. More about Alexandra Alter
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‘Never seen anything like it’: how Colleen Hoover’s normcore thrillers made her America’s bestselling author
‘CoHo’ began as a self-published writer. Now she’s sold 20m books worldwide – and has legions of TikTok fans
Colleen Hoover’s book titles might lack the recognizability factor enjoyed by the Harrys and Twilights of the world, but there is no escaping the reigning queen of BookTok.
CoHo, as the author is called by her legions of fans, is everywhere: in the hands of your fellow subway rider, on the tablet that the receptionist at your dentist’s office is hiding beneath the front desk. When I mentioned to a bookish colleague that I was going to be writing about the woman who has become America’s bestselling novelist, her blank expression slowly came to life. She consulted her Kindle app and confirmed that she’d inhaled one of Hoover’s books over the summer. “It wasn’t so bad,” she said.
She’d read Verity, a sexy thriller about a disabled literary superstar and the woman her handsome husband hires to complete an unfinished work. It was self-published in 2018 and later picked up by Grand Central Publishing. The title currently occupies the No 2 spot on the New York Times paperback trade fiction bestseller list , perched one notch below Hoover’s It Ends With Us, a steamy and violent romance. There are four more books by Hoover in the top 10, and her All Your Perfects is No 11.
Four million copies of It Ends With Us have sold in the US to date, and 20m Hoover books have sold globally. (She is especially big in the Philippines and Brazil.) These would be big numbers in any industry, but are especially stunning in one where bestsellers are often counted in the tens of thousands. The literary establishment has long counted on movie tie-ins or celebrity platforms to set a blockbuster in motion, but neither factor is at play in Hoover’s case. Her Twitter bio reads: “I don’t get it either.”
Originally published in 2016, It Ends With Us became a bona fide phenomenon over the pandemic via BookTok. This subset of TikTok, where enthusiastic readers share book recommendations, is credited with making many of today’s bestsellers, from Madeline Miller’s Circe to the suddenly trendy work of Agatha Christie. #CoHo videos on TikTok are often viscerally performative, starring readers so overcome with emotion that they are gasping and screaming. In the time-lapse video that @Weebna posted of herself reading Ugly Love in one day, she can be seen burying her face in the pages to absorb the tears. The TikToker @eloisehamp uses the sleeves of her sweatshirt for the same purposes in her CoHo sob session . A synthetic female voice narrates “hehe I seriously couldn’t breathe lol” while she has her literary meltdown in her bedroom.
The mid-career success story of Colleen Hoover, a fortysomething Texas mother of three who has written more than 20 novels across multiple genres, is partly a testament to the power of social media. And yet that’s only a piece of the equation. As far as current sales go, Hoover is without rival.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Ariele Fredman, deputy director of publicity and marketing at Atria Books, the publisher of It Starts With Us, the forthcoming follow-up to It Ends With Us. Fredman has been busy packing kits of temporary tattoos and murals for the midnight pajama parties scheduled to take place at bookstores across the US for the 18 October release. “I’ve seen plenty of books become smash hits,” she said. “But the extended engagement is … almost wild.”
It’s a steady burn that has mystified Angelica Manglona, the manager at Buxton Books in Charleston, South Carolina. “The longevity is what stands out the most,” she said. “We have books that fly off the shelves when they come out – like Crying at H Mart, or The Summer I Turned Pretty – but it will generally last a week, or a month, and then sales peter out. The Colleen Hoover books keep selling.”
Courtney Poullas, 36, who lives in Youngstown, Ohio, read Verity, her “gateway” Hoover book, last year, and has blown through half a dozen since. “I used to read highbrow literature,” said Poullas, an English professor who once considered William Shakespeare her favorite author. “Colleen Hoover has a way of making you relate to the characters, and her language choices tug at my heartstrings. She makes me feel so much.”
The feelings that Hoover’s works inspire aren’t pretty. It Ends With Us opens with a “meet cute” that isn’t all that cute: the kind and pretty and young Lily Bloom is taking a moment to herself on a Boston rooftop when she witnesses a gorgeous man with impressive biceps kick a patio chair. This man turns out to be Ryle Kincaid, a rich neurosurgeon. The book chronicles their relationship, rife with sexual tension and an increasing store of violent outbursts. Filled as it is with yearning and five-alarm bedroom scenes, It Ends With Us is, at its core, a tale of domestic violence. In the afterword, Hoover shares that the story was inspired by the toxic relationship of her parents. Her father was physically abusive to her mother, and the two separated when she was a young girl.
The impetus behind It Starts With Us was decidedly less grim. Hoover wrote it as a thank you to her TikTok fans, as she shares in the book’s foreword. Here, the cycle of domestic abuse gets a Disney fairytale spin. While she is still harassed and haunted by Ryle, whose jealousy and controlling nature show little signs of abating, Lily is free to pursue a relationship with her true love, another improbably named man: Atlas Corrigan, who was her first love and is now a wildly successful Boston chef.
In her past life, Hoover was a social worker. As CoHo legend has it, she had no computer of her own so she borrowed her mother’s work laptop and wrote in the middle of the night. A desire to help others shines through her work. Using plain prose that goes down as easy as value-table white wine, she embeds lines like: “There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things” and “Just because someone hurts you doesn’t mean you can simply stop loving them.”
Lily is done with the “naked truths” that she and Ryle once traded in their intimate moments. In the more cheerful follow-up, Lily is dealing with some hard truths. While Hoover glosses over some of the realities that certainly affect the Lily Blooms of the real world – childcare, for one, always seems to be sorted out in this novel – there are other themes that feel refreshingly true to life: the awkwardness of starting to date as a newly single mom, and reflections on the inconvenient fact that exes don’t just evaporate.
Like many of today’s bestselling authors, Hoover doesn’t overly concern herself with character development. The people who populate her books can generally be slotted into two categories: likable heroes or monsters. In lieu of personality traits, they carry past traumas or past transgressions. And for all the plot twists and gut-punching climaxes that Hoover’s fans rave about, internal transformations are light on the ground.
As the critic Parul Segal put it in her viral New Yorker essay on the vogue for trauma fiction: “The trauma plot does not direct our curiosity toward the future ( Will they or won’t they? ) but back into the past ( What happened to her? ).” Hoover delivers tales packed with devastating backstories and few of the challenges so common to literature: the elaborate subplots, the webs of contradictions, the sentences so dazzling that they beg for a reread. Here is the trauma story retrofitted for the Hallmark channel. Dark as Hoover’s fantasies may be, the books themselves are normcore to the bone.
Using few physical descriptions and sticking to references that most readers will have heard of (Lily carries her passion for Finding Nemo into adulthood), Hoover has created screens that readers can project themselves on to, and messed-up situations that serve as funhouse mirrors of her fans’ own pains and problems. As the critic Laura Miller put it in her Slate essay on the author’s popularity, eliding quirk and verve is the secret to her success: “The blandness of Hoover’s characters makes them easy for anyone to identify with, and the smooth, featureless quality of her prose makes her novels easy to breeze through in a day or two.”
Hoover wrote It Starts With Us with the express goal of making TikTok happy, and it will be shocking if she doesn’t do just that. “I realized most of you weren’t asking for me to put [Lily and Atlas] through more pain,” she writes in the afterword. “You simply wanted to see Lily and Atlas happy.” It Ends With Us was a tumultuous tale that made people feel alive in those numbed-out days of early lockdown. Its soft and fluffy follow-up just might be perfectly calibrated for a moment when when everybody’s meant to be rebounding but too wrung out to bother trying.
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Colleen Hoover Books Age Rating: All Books [With Graphic]
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Find Colleen Hoover books age rating with detailed explanations and frequently asked questions!
Colleen Hoover is an author of contemporary romance novels and psychological thrillers.
Her books usually deal with heavy subject matters such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and other disturbing content which may warrant us to find out Colleen.
While these descriptions are not extremely gratuitous, they can be too intense for younger readers.
On Colleen Hoover’s website, she has a whole page dedicated to her recommended reading age. However, she professes on her website that the ultimate decision to let a child read her book is on the parent/guardian.
Colleen Hoover Books Age Rating
Colleen Hoover’s books are meant for young adults. Her audience can be broadly divided in to young adults (14+) or mature adults (17+) . A couple of her books fall in to the dark category and are suitable of adults of age 21 and above.
Let’s find more about these age rating and reading levels.
Young Adult 14+
Several of Colleen Hoover’s books are appropriate for young adults . While these books are still dealing with themes such as trauma, abuse, and death .
However, they are dealt with in a sensitive and subtle way which many young teenagers can digest easily.
Let’s take a look at Colleen Hoover’s books that are suitable for young adults.
- Heart Bones
- Regretting You
- Slammed ( Slammed Series in order )
- Point of Retreat
- Without Merit
- Never Never
The books mentioned in this list are recommended for ages 17 and above as they deal with complex themes, such as grief, alcohol, drugs, and tragedy, as well as romantic content . It includes books in the Maybe Someday series , and Reminders of Him standalone book .
- Maybe Someday
- Losing Hope
- Reminders of Him
- All Your Perfects
- Finding Perfect
- It Ends With Us ( Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us Trigger Warnings )
- It Starts With Us
- Finding Cinderella
Very Mature/Dark 21+
Verity (also read about more books like Verity ) and Too Late are two Colleen Hoover books that deal with very mature and dark content .
Frequently Asked Questions
Is verity too graphic.
Verity is considered Colleen Hoover’s most disturbing and graphic novel. Colleen Hoover’s website states that Verity is recommended for people above the age of 21 because of depictions of child abuse, physical abuse, car accident, forced abortion, and attempted murder.
What is the trigger warning for Verity?
Colleen Hoover’s Verity is widely considered as the author’s most disturbing work. Best known for her young and new adult romance novels, in Verity, Colleen Hoover deals with several dark themes that are suitable for people above the age of 21. Do not read the book if you are triggered by the following topics- attempted murder, child abuse, car accidents, abortion, physical injuries, infanticide, cheating, and death of a child.
Does Verity have spice?
Verity is a horror and psychological thriller novel by Colleen Hoover. It has a fair share of scenes that depicts sexual intercourse between two characters.
Is Verity appropriate for 13-year-olds?
Due to its extremely mature content, on her website Colleen Hoover recommends that the book is appropriate for people above the age of 21. The book deals with sensitive topics that might trigger some readers including graphic murder, child abuse, and graphic sex.
Does November 9 have spicy scenes?
November 9 is Colleen Hoover’s romantic novel that has several depictions of sexual intimacy.
Is It Ends With Us Suitable for 12-year-olds?
It Ends With Us is not suitable for 12-year-olds since it explores adult themes like domestic violence and explicit romantic content.
Is It Ends With Us appropriate for 13-year-olds?
Colleen Hoover recommends that It Ends With Us is appropriate for people above the age of 17. The book is not suitable for 13-year-olds.
Why is It Ends With Us rated R?
It Ends With Us is rated R because the novel focuses on physical abuse, domestic violence, and abusive relationships.
Why are Colleen Hoover’s books so easy to read?
Readers describe Colleen Hoover’s books as fast-food for readers because of their simple language, fast pacing, character-driven plots, and straight-up romances. Her fans enjoy her books because of their emphasis on friendships, her charming and romantic love stories, and her suspense.
Is Verity about domestic violence?
Domestic violence, child abuse, and bad relationships are just some of the topics discussed in Colleen Hoover’s Verity.
Is Verity a crime book?
Verity is described as a crime thriller with some elements of suspense and romance.
Are any Colleen Hoover books appropriate for 14-year-olds?
No, most if not all of Colleen Hoover’s books are recommended for people above the age of 14. This is because some of Hoover’s books explore themes like physical abuse, sexual intimacy, domestic violence, child abuse, car accidents, deaths, etc. However, parents or guardians can decide if a book is appropriate for their children to read.
What genre is Colleen Hoover?
Colleen Hoover is an American author who primarily writes novels in the romance, crime, suspense, and young adult fiction genres.
Is Reminders of Him Spicy?
In Reminders of Him a troubled young mother years for a shot at redemption in this heart-breaking yet hopeful story. The book contains quite a few steamy and spicy scenes which depict sexual intimacy between two people.
What age is Beach Read appropriate for?
Beach Read by Emil Henry is rated 17 and up. There are several instances of strong language and pretty heavy sex scenes.
Is Verity appropriate for 15-year-olds?
Due to its extremely mature content, on her website Colleen Hoover recommends that the book is appropriate for people above the age of 21. The book deals with sensitive topics that might trigger some readers including graphic murder, child abuse, and graphic sex. Therefore, the content of the book is not appropriate for 15-year-olds. However, parents and guardians can authorize reading of the book if they know that their 15-year-old can handle the subject matter of the book.
Is Verity appropriate for 17-year-olds?
Colleen Hoover recommends that Verity is appropriate for people above the age of 21-year-olds because of its mature content.
Is It End With Us for Adults?
It Ends With Us is a contemporary romance novel by Colleen Hoover. On Colleen Hoover’s website, she states that It Ends With Us is appropriate for people above the age of 17. The book is not marketed to teens because it delves into complex themes of love, personal growth, and resilience.
What are the trigger warnings for Reminders of Him?
Reminds of Him has the following trigger warnings- driving under the influence of a substance, car accident, child neglect, incarceration, death, and grief and depression depiction.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s November 9?
Colleen Hoover’s November 9 is recommended for people above the age of 17. It is not friendly for teenagers and kids below the age of 17 because it deals with heavy subject matter.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s Confess?
Colleen Hoover’s Confess was the winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance in 2015. It is a young adult novel that is recommended for people above the age of 15.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless?
Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless is recommended for people above the age of 17. The book is not recommended for people below the age of 17 because it depicts sexual intimacy.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s Regretting You?
Colleen Hoover’s Regretting You is a Young Adult novel that is recommended for people above the age of 14 and over.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s Heart Bones?
Colleen Hoover’s Heart Bones is recommended for people above the age of 14.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s Layla?
Colleen Hoover’s Layla is rated 17 and above.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s Maybe Now?
Colleen Hoover’s Maybe Now is recommended for people above the age of 17.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s Slammed?
Colleen Hoover’s Slammed is recommended for people 14 and over.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s Finding Cinderella?
Released in 2013, Finding Cinderella is a novella that is part of the Hopeless series. The book is recommended for people 17 and above.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s Maybe Someday?
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover is recommended for people above the age of 17.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s Without Merit?
Colleen Hoover’s Without Merit is recommended for people 14 and above.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s Maybe Not?
Colleen Hoover’s website states that Maybe Not is appropriate for people 17 and above.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s Losing Hope?
Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover is rated mature and appropriate for people 17 and above.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s This Girl?
This Girl by Colleen Hoover is a young adult novel appropriate for people 14 and over.
Is November 9 appropriate for 13-year-olds?
Colleen Hoover’s November 9 is recommended for people above the age of 17. It is not friendly for teenagers and kids below the age of 17 because it deals with heavy subject matter. Therefore, the book is not appropriate for 13-year-olds.
Is Regretting You appropriate for a 12-year-old?
Regretting You is recommended for people above the age of 14. While the book is not a very graphic novel, it does deal with certain heavy subject matters that might be hard for a person younger than 14 to comprehend. We recommend a parent or guardian read the book before checking to see if there is any inappropriate content for children.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s All Your Perfects?
Colleen Hoover’s All Your Perfects is rated mature. Therefore, it is appropriate for people above the age of 17.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s Never Never?
Never Never by Colleen Hoover is a young adult novel that is catered towards teenagers aged 14 and above
What age is Never Never Colleen Hoover appropriate for?
Colleen Hoover’s Never Never is appropriate for people aged 14 and above.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s Reminders of Him?
Colleen Hoover’s Reminders of Him is rated mature and its content is appropriate for people aged 17 and above.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s Ugly Love?
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover is rated mature as its content explores marital affairs, death, and coercive sex. The book is appropriate for people 17 and above.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s It Starts With Us?
Colleen Hoover’s It Starts With Us is rated mature and its content is appropriate for people aged 17 and above. The book explores themes like child abandonment, child neglect, domestic abuse recounted, and homeless recounted.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s Too Late?
Too Late by Colleen Hoover is rated very mature and is recommended for people 21 and above because it is graphic in nature as it deals with sexual harassment, drug abuse, and rape.
Is My Girl appropriate for a 12-year-old?
My Girl by Patricia Hermes was published in 1991 and is a tale of friendship and a coming-of-age story. The book is appropriate for a 12-year-old however, it does deal with accidental death and grief.
What are some of Colleen Hoover’s books that are appropriate for young adults?
Several of Colleen Hoover’s books are appropriate for young teenagers. While these books are still dealing with themes such as trauma, abuse, and death, they are dealt with in a sensitive and subtle way that many young teenagers can digest easily. Some Colleen Hoover books are suitable for a young adult audience.
What is the age rating for Girl in Pieces?
Published in 2016, Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow follows Charlotte Davis, a seventeen-year-old who has lost a lot but has also learned to forget. The book explores mental illness, abuse, suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, recovery, and mental health. Girl in Pieces is a young adult novel that is suitable for teenagers 15 and above.
Are Colleen Hoover books for 12-year-olds?
None of Colleen Hoover’s books are meant for 12-year-olds. Most of her young adult novels are appropriate for teenagers 14 and above.
Are any Colleen Hoover books appropriate for 13-year-olds?
While many of Colleen Hoover’s young adult novels are appropriate for people aged 14, 13-year-olds can read these books if their parents or guardians allow them to read them.
What is the age rating of Colleen Hoover’s books?
Colleen Hoover’s books are rated- young adult (ages 14 and above), mature (ages 17 and above), and very mature/dark (ages 21 and above).
What is the age rating of Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover?
Point of Retreat is part of Colleen Hoover’s Slammed series. It is a young adult novel that is appropriate for teenagers aged 14 and above.
Does Love and Other Words have spicy scenes?
Published in 2018, Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren is a romance novel. There are some scenes that depicts sexual intimacy. Love and Other Words is an adult contemporary romance that explores the themes of grief, infidelity, alcohol abuse, and the death of parents.
What are the trigger warnings in the book Verity?
Colleen Hoover’s Verity is considered her most graphic and disturbing novel. Verity has the following trigger warnings- car accidents, child abuse, murder, abortion, physical injuries, and attempted murder.
What is the big twist in Verity?
The big twist in Colleen Hoover’s Verity is that Verity has been faking her injuries and manipulating the people around her.
Some Colleen Hoover books that are suitable for 14-year-olds-
What is the first Colleen Hoover book I should read first?
Colleen Hoover has written several standalone novels and series. You can read the standalone novels in any order. Diehard fans of Colleen Hoover’s books usually recommend first-time readers to read Slammed.
Is Verity a clean book?
Verity is not a clean book and explores several dark themes and topics.