30 Apr 2019

Review: All Your Perfects

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

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

From Goodreads:
Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

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

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

An unfortunate coincidence brought them together. Life tore them apart. 
Quinn Whitley was ready to get married to her fiancé Ethan in the grand venue of her mother's choosing. She was ready to get on with the rest of her life. One night she returns home early only to find Ethan occupied with someone, in a little bit too intimate way. To make matters worse, there is another man waiting in the hallway of their apartment for Ethan's partner of choice to emerge. Graham decided to confront Shasha about the cheating and finally break their relationship off. He meets Quinn in the hallway and before their ways depart he gives her his number on a post-it. Six months later their paths cross again unexpectedly.

The book follows Graham and Quinn's life in two different timelines; Then, from when they met in the hallway and the early months of their marriage, and the Now, seven years into their falling-apart marriage. The Then sheds light to the present situation and makes the reader realise that there's no such thing as the perfect couple. They might look perfect on the outside, but we all have our problems.

The book broke me emotionally. Two people are suffering immensely because nature is against them. They have both quit hoping, almost quit on each other in the hope of achieving their long-time dream of having a baby. But several rounds of IVF later their hope is stretched to too thin. The way the pain is put to words is just too real. Quinn's pain hits home and I spent most of the book on the verge of tears.

The message All Your Perfects sent was empowering. You should not lose hope in your other half when you are experiencing hard times. And I am not talking about hard times as abusive or otherwise dangerous times, but as the moments where you think the other one has fallen out of love even though deep inside you know they haven't.

Like all other Colleen Hoover's books, this one is definitely worth the read and momentary agony. If you are looking for a love story without the rose-coloured glasses, character development, and a journey to rediscover your love, All Your Perfects will not disappoint. 

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