BOOK REVIEW: Regretting You
by Colleen Hoover
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.
Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.
With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.
While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.
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This is my second Colleen Hoover book (so far). My first was Verity.
Verity is a thriller. It’s edgy. It’s shocking.
Since that was the only thing I knew of Colleen Hoover, that’s what I expected Regretting You to be like, but this book was very different!
I have very mixed feelings about Regretting You. Half of the story is about Morgan who accidentally got pregnant at the age of 16 and married her baby daddy. She’s now 34 years old with a daughter who’s 16. Morgan isn’t unhappy necessarily, but she feels like her life is missing something.
The other half of the story is about Clara, Morgan’s 16-year-old daughter. The two of them experience the loss of Chris, Morgan’s husband and Clara’s father, and a shocking discovery along with his death.
I struggled a bit with the Clara part of the story. As the mother of a daughter the exact same age, I had a hard time enjoying the romance scenes between Clara and her new boyfriend. It was also a bit cheesy and just not what I expected.
I didn’t dislike the story, but I didn’t love switching back and forth between a wife grieving her husband and possibly entering into a new romantic relationship and her teenage daughter who’s acting out in her grief and falling in love with a boy.