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Reminders of Him: A Novel

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As they continue to get to know each other, he figures out who Kenna really is, which leaves him conflicted, and she begins to rehabilitate herself with a low-paying grocery store cashier job. I say this because there was no chemistry between them. It was just lust from day one. Too insta love for me. They didn't even know each other.

t Ledger also hate her for killing his best friend? he gets over that pretty fast and actually betrays the trust of the child's guardians by showing Kenna pictures of her child, which was totally not his place to do. he's known those people for his entire life, he practically co-raises that kid but throws it all away for a woman he barely knows and who killed his best friend? make it make any kind of senseAdd to this an important secret that threatens to keep them apart. Hoover writes with description that captivates her readers and doesn’t let go. In this story it is only through poetry that the truth is in their hearts, and the characters of Layken and Will hope for a future where their love can be a cause for celebration, not regret. Point of Retreat

Yes, Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover has a happy ending and all the storylines are tied up tightly at the conclusion of the book. 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.

The male protagonist is sort of a generic romantic protagonist, but I liked that the main character of Kenna had a nice sense of personality which helped me to appreciate and root for their relationship. Kenna is described as someone with a unfortunate childhood, resulting in being someone in her younger years who wasn’t really “put together”, dressed somewhat provocatively and wasn’t the type of person parents wanted their son to bring home. I liked her imperfections, and it made the story feel a little more real to me. Some Criticisms it has absolutely zero relevance to the plot. it's barely a scene, but people say to start criticism with something positive, so here you go. When you typically burn through a Colleen Hoover book in one sitting, but you can only force yourself to read a chapter or two of her latest each night, you know it's time to move on.

Ledger, on the other hand, who just met this woman, who's known her for all but 20 minutes, is sure that Kenna's face is "a work of art" and god, how he wishes "there was a picture of it hanging on a wall in a museum somewhere so [he] could stand in front of it and stare at it for as long as [he] wanted." Not the "face is a painting and belongs in museum" trope, I beg thee. 😭 The two are drawn to each other, even when they try to resist, and as secrets are revealed, their bond is intensified. Change in both of them is paramount and both characters hope to heal their emotional scars and live with less boundaries in their young lives. In the companion book Losing Hope, Colleen take the story further, but this time from the perspective of Dean, the troubled youth with secrets to reveal.I wish there were more parts of the kid Diem.... She's an awesome kid. I want a second part of the book. I love that Colleen let us feel for Kenna and gave us so much insight in her heart and head through letters that when we found out what had happened, we couldn’t help but feel sympathy for her. I was sympathetic towards everyone in this book. Each of their situations were unique and I could understand why they felt the way they felt. There were no good guys or bad guys, just imperfect human beings. Kenna Rowan is an ex-con who served her five year sentence in prison for involuntary manslaughter of her then still alive boyfriend. Upon discharging, she’s looking to start over and reconnect with the daughter she carried and birthed during her serving time but never had the chance to hold.

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