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Book Review: Confess By Colleen Hoover


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 in search of 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?


Auburn Reed feels like she is a complete failure in life. Looking for a job, she runs into an Art Studio called “Confess.” There is a small box with the word “Confess.” This is where complete strangers can write their confessions in life, whether it is good or bad as anonymous. The artist, Owen Gentry, works at this studio and uses the confessions as inspiration to paint his paintings. He paints his paintings and sells them every month. Lucky for Auburn, Owen is in desperate need for a new worker to work at his studio…

One of the main reasons of why I liked this book was because of the confessions. It was so interesting because all the confessions were different. Everyone had a different problem or confession that the wanted to share. Sometimes, when people see their confession as a painting, they want to buy it, I mean who wouldn’t? Some of the confessions make me cringe while the others make me jump in excitement.

I liked Auburn but sometimes, I was really frustrated by her decisions. She didn’t follow her heart, she forced herself to do things she didn’t want to do. Plus, she was very naive. She trusted Trey even though she clearly had no feelings so this in itself is confusing to read or listen to. Owen, Emory and AJ are very colourful characters which make listening to Auburn a bit better.

Note about the audiobook: Saying Harrision is ‘Irish’ yet the accent in this audiobook came out as Scottish and NOTHING at all resembling an Irish accent is very embarrassing and annoying to listen to. Get your voice accents correct first.

The writing style was nicely paced. The plot was decent and completely different. I never saw things coming so I was really shocked when I finished the book. Listening to peoples confessions was the best part. although, if you want a realistic romance this book isn’t for you. I mean some of the things that Owen comes out with is cringe-worthy. No person would be that sappy to come out with those embarrassing words. Especially when you are in the middle of intimate matters.

That’s another thing, the intimate moments in this novel I really enjoyed how it was written. A lot of romance novels go into too much detail however in this novel it was nicely done.

3.5/5 Stars

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