No spoilers until the end
~ TW: Trigger warnings for abusive relationships, sexual assault, and drug addiction.
A romance story about two young people, who both have difficult pasts they'd like to keep secret.
Auburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio searching for a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it—but can she do it?
When I first started reading, I was slightly sad because of Adam’s story. They were each other's first loves and because they were only 14 nobodies took their relationship seriously. I understand that young love is mostly seen as something that’s not real love, but I think that is not true and thought too easily. Love is something that is most of the time between two people that have an attraction to another and love each other for who they are. That can also happen at a young age. I hate that their parents don’t take that seriously. Adam was a beautiful human, and he deserved more time.
When I read about Owen, I thought he was a great guy and someone that had a lot of passion for what he did. I love it when someone completely lives in something they love and their passion. His art was attuned to confessions which I thought was so beautiful, bringing other people’s secrets to life without knowing whose secrets they are. It’s such a beautiful meaning to the art. When I read about his personal life and his problems where I was shocked at first but after I understood everything It made me love Owen even more. I'll go into this in more detail later but let me introduce you to the main characters first.
Published March 10, 2015
Page count 320
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Meet the main characters
Owen Mason Gentry was a beautiful artist that loved to turn confessions from strangers into paintings. He was talented and a kindhearted guy. Something that happened a few years ago to him caused some problems and struggles in his and his father's lives. His father also takes part in the story. He is a lawyer and has not a great bond with Owen. Owen was a good guy, in my opinion, I loved him so much and I think he is so creative with the paintings he makes. I think he has a gift for making those paintings.
Auburn Reed is a young woman that has been left with a huge hole in her life after losing someone that meant the world to her. When her first love, Adam, died because of cancer she was devastated. Especially when nobody took their relationship seriously because they were still young. Auburn has a big concern after Adam died. It was one of the things that kept her close to Adam’s family. Adam’s mom, Lydia, is one of the people that Auburn hates. She was also one of the people that didn’t took her son’s relationship seriously. It was one of the reasons Auburn didn’t like Lydia, but the real reason she hated her was way bigger.
The one thing I loved so much about this book was the art. I love art and especially with how it was represented in this book. The beautiful confessions were also one of the things that made me love this book more and more. I love it when there are relatable quotes in books. You can understand the book better and feel more of what the characters are feeling. One of the quotes I loved the most was, “ I think love is a hard word to define. You can love a lot of things about a person but till not love the whole person.”.
Adam was a character that I liked a lot, as far as I got to know him in the book. His family is real cruel though. I hated his brother Trey and his mom, Lydia. Trey was so annoying during this book. How he tried to get together with Auburn and how he forced her made me sick. Trey was so sneaky and mean, I hated him just as much as his mother, maybe more. When I discovered that Auburn was pregnant with Adam’s child right after he died, I was kind of shocked. I think it was good for auburn thought, that she still had a piece of Adam, but what Lydia did was horrible. It was nice of Lydia that she wanted to take care of Auburn and her child, Aj, but when she started to act like Aj was her child and pretended that Aj was Adam, that was just really wrong.
My opinion on the characters
Owen Gentry is one hell of an artist If you asked me. I love how this guy creates confessions into art, it’s amazing. In my opinion, he was a really cute and caring guy. When I found out about the pills, I first thought that Owen was a drug addict, but when it became clear that his father was a drug addict, I was shocked. When Owen stood up for his father because the police found drugs in his father's car, I was genuinely sad. He didn’t need to do that. I loved him more, though, that he went that far to save his father. That means a lot. I also loved how he felt for Auburn. When he got to know Auburn more and more, the love he had for her grows. He was so good to her, just like she deserved. I loved him for who he was and how he treated auburn.
Auburn Reed was a strong woman. What she had to go through with Adam’s family and her child. Auburn deserved better than what happened to her with Lydia and Trey. She deserved to bring up her own child and be there for him and she never deserved to be harassed by Trey. It broke my heart to read about this. Auburn was such a great human and deserves everything good in her life.
I liked this book, but I was not really mesmerized by it. It was a cute romance book, but the story was just not special to me. I was shocked more than once but, in my opinion, Colleen Hoover has written better books. I just felt like this book didn’t really have a special plot twist. Colleen Hoover Is known for her amazing plot twist and I just didn’t feel that in this book. I enjoyed reading Confess and it was not a bad story it was just not special to me. Like I already said probably a hundred times, I loved the art in this book. I have never seen that in any other book I’ve read. I definitely enjoyed this book more because of the art.
“I’ll love you forever, even when I can’t”
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