All Your Perfects was a book blog darling upon its release – something that made me very hesitant to pick it up. All of the bloggers I follow were raving about it and touting it the best romance of 2018. I’m not sure if this is just me, but when a book gets a ton of hype, I get nervous to read and review it in case my opinion goes against the grain. So after a bit of a cooling down period, I finally got my hands on a copy of this book and devoured it in one sitting (a rare occurrence for me these days). It was surprisingly poignant and tackled difficult subject matter with poise and realism, and might be one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.
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?
All Your Perfects is told in two timelines: when Quinn and Graham met and when their marriage is falling apart. Instead of reading like two separate stories, the two timelines were used masterfully to support each other – the earlier timeline provided context and contrast to the later one and vice versa. The dual plot lines were an exceptionally well used plot device. Even with parallel plots, there was no dragging or dull parts of the book – it was well paced the entire way through. I was surprised by how much ground and time the book covered, but with the timeline jumps, the author was able to cut out mundane scenes and still maintain continuity of the story.
Full disclosure: this book tackles some pretty serious subject matter. Two of the most predominant themes are infidelity and infertility – subjects that are all too often trivialized or watered down for the sake of a plot device. The author handled both topics thoughtfully and with surprising grace. As Quinn and Graham go through their marital and infertility struggles, they reactive realistically and with raw, pure emotion. The heavy moments never felt played up or as if they were inserted just for the sake of drama.
Quinn was a fantastic character: she was well defined, had deeply complex traits, and had . Further, she grew and developed as the story progressed – she was never stagnant. Graham was also a complicated character: he made some poor choices but owned up to them and constantly acknowledged his own flaws. The chemistry between Quinn and Graham was off the charts – in the earlier plot line they were heartwarming to read about and in the later plot they brought raw emotion to all of their scenes together. Even as their marriage fell apart and they both made poor choices, they still felt like a believable, realistic couple. Both characters were deeply imperfect, but that’s what made them so enjoyable to read about.
This was a emotional page turner with great pacing and interesting characters – this is definitely the first of many Colleen Hoover books I plan to read. I highly recommend that you find a few hours, a comfy chair, and a box of tissues before you dive into this book. 5/5.