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Book Review: Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

This article reviews Colleen Hoover’s book Reminders of Him. CoHo is one of the most admired romance writers on the international scene and one of the most underrated authors. Ever since I first read It Ends With Us in 2016, she has become one of my favorite authors.

The beauty of CoHo’s writing style is that it draws you in so expertly. She makes you feel every raw emotion, thought, and feeling that the main character has. Chapter after chapter filled you with hope. Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover is a truly heartwarming read. Like all of Colleen Hoover’s novels, love and the past will weigh heavily in the plot.

Reminders of Him: Story and book review

Book Review: Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover’s Reminders of Him book review

In this novel, Kenna is a single mother who spends her last 5 years in prison because of a mistake. Five years have passed since the tragic accident for which Kenna has served time. Now that she’s finally free of her, all she wants to do is to see her four-year-old daughter, Diem. But everyone is determined to avoid this reunion. She has nothing to offer her. She lacks the resources to support herself. And the only job she accepts pays her so little that she barely makes enough to make rent.

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But this is the first time in all these years that she is so close to her daughter. She will endure whatever it takes if she sees her daughter with her. She then forms a special relationship with a bar owner, Ledger, who is the last link in her daughter’s life.

On her first night in town, she decides to go to a place she and Scotty frequent. But everything has changed and all she has left is her memories. She is sitting in a corner of the bar and alone with her thoughts. What she wants most is to have a coffee.

Ledger hasn’t stopped noticing Kenna since she walked into his bar. There is something about her that attracts him. And it is not just her physical attractiveness. She gives off an air of nostalgia and sadness that he finds irresistible. She seems to carry the weight of the world on her back. He wants to meet her, to know more about her but he is afraid to scare her with his questions.

Ledger remembers that mixing with clients is against his rules so he leaves her alone. But at the last moment when he sees her leaving, he decides to invite her back at night. A simple gesture that will change their lives. Kenna and Ledger had never met before tonight. Ledger lives near Scotty’s parent’s house and has also developed a best friend with Diem.

A few more weeks pass after their initial meeting. And now Kenna and Ledger know a lot about each other. Although Kenna tells Ledger her fake name, Ledger eventually finds out about Kenna. Kenna gets a grocery store job.

Kenna had a difficult childhood, in foster care, with a mother who abandoned her most of the time. Now that she is an adult, she is strong, resilient, caring, and sensitive. But above all, she is a broken woman. No one knows Kenna or her perspective on the events that happened to her. What is her reality or what is she suffering since the night of the accident? Everyone is left with an image of her and from there they have judged her by popularity a thousand times.

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Her love story with Scotty is so beautiful and sincere. Reading it leaves us with one of the most beautiful and special moments in a drama like this. Through Scotty, she learned what it was like to feel loved and respected. He gave her a sense of belonging. Scotty never judged her, instead, he made her feel how special she was to him every time they met.

Reminders of Him is not a romance or sentimental love novel. It is a story of overcoming and resilience that gives us all sorts of emotions while reading it. Sometimes it is very emotional. And sometimes provokes such a reaction that it becomes difficult to read without getting emotional.

Reminders of Him book is written in the first person from the perspective of Kenna and Ledger. The chapters on both are interconnected which allows us to get a complete picture from both perspectives. Something complex to write about and as a reader, I appreciate that very much.

I liked the wide variety of secondary characters and their important and decisive role in the plot. The author’s style and her prose are very intricate and meticulous about the smallest details. Everything is filled with feelings, unspoken words, and emotionally charged gestures. Colleen knows how to tug at our heartstrings, she takes us to the emotional edge and moves us on every page.

However, from my point of view, Reminders of Him lack the pages to give it the ending it deserves. It is not fast enough. The plot is very unevenly paced. Sometimes it follows a frenetic pace where things don’t stop happening. While it also has very slow chapters where nothing happens despite understanding the situation.

The author has taken so much time to bring us into the picture. She should have written more about Scotty’s parents, they deserved a little more space. An ending that could release so much emotion, so much pain, was necessary. However, because in the end, only one of the two sides’ points of view is presented, that’s why it feels a little lacking. This ending seems illogical, unbelievable, and in some ways forced. Still, for me, it is one of the most unique and unforgettable stories.

Final words

At the end of this review of the Reminders of Him book by Colleen Hoover, I must say it’s a masterpiece and a work of art. Although it was heartbreaking, it makes you think about life. Highly recommended to all readers. If you want to buy this novel the link is below.

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