This is ostensibly an adult book, or the “New Adult” sub-genre that gets mashed in with the regular romances, but it really felt like a young adult book to me. The main characters are barely 21 (in fact one turns 21 half way through) and it starts when she is 15 years old.
Auburn has recently moved to Texas from Portland and is not very happy. She’s working as a hairstylist, but hates it and isn’t very good at it. She’s looking for a part time job when she sees a sign go up in an art gallery she passes on her way home from work.
Owen is the young artist in residence. People leave anonymous confessions in his mailbox, and when inspiration strikes, he creates paintings based on the confessions. He is talented enough to have a following and his own gallery, which he opens once a month.
Owen is desperate for help since his girlfriend/employee quit on him and the job right before his opening. So when Auburn inquires he immediately hires her for the staggering sum of $100/hour. They have immediate chemistry, and book follows their budding romance, alternating their point of view each chapter so we get to hear what Autumn thinks and what Owen thinks.
It’s a great way to write a romance, if a bit repetitive at times, but Hoover really brings these characters to life. They each have secrets which slowly unfold to the reader, and eventually to each other. I can understand why this book is landing on some best romances of the year lists. It was a sweet yet compelling read. Rainbow Rowell and John Green fans will love it.
12/15 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
CONFESS by Colleen Hoover. Atria Books (March 10, 2015). ISBN 978-1476791456. 320p.