Regretting You – Published 2019
“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.” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
Well, I’ve yet to come across a Colleen Hoover book that I don’t like, so it was no surprise that I loved this one, too.
The story is told in alternating perspectives of a mother and a daughter, which I’ve never seen before. The beginning of the story actually has some pieces from the mother’s point of view when she was a teenager, which added an extra layer to the story that I loved. Seeing things unfold, especially grief, through both a mother and daughter’s eyes was gut wrenching and powerful. It helped me to like each character equally, because I knew what each of them was going through, feeling, and keeping from the other.
I don’t often cry in books, but this one got me good. There were some events that I just didn’t see coming, and I really appreciated that I had no real idea of what the story was about before I read it. It was just a new CoHo book, so I read it because that’s what you do when a Colleen Hoover book releases.
If you follow Colleen Hoover on social media, or if you’ve had the opportunity to see her in person at a signing event, you know she’s real funny. She has a way of weaving that humor into her stories, even when they’re dark and heavy, like this one.
“I finished my first-ever full cup of coffee about two weeks ago, the morning after my mother knocked a random hole in our kitchen door. Since then, I’ve discovered the one thing that just might save me from my monthlong depression. Starbucks.”
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
I tend to think this author can do no wrong, so I don’t even want to say something negative. I wasn’t over the top obsessed with the YA romance in the book, but I liked both characters a lot, so it’s fine.