“Right after something tragic happens, you feel like you’ve fallen off a cliff. But after the tragedy starts to sink in, you realize you didn’t fall off a cliff. You’re on an eternal roller coaster that just reached the bottom. Now it’s gonna be up and down and upside down for a long, long time. Maybe even forever.”
The 2019 book by Colleen Hoover, Regretting You follows Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, who 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. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris – Morgan’s husband, and Clara’s father. 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.
This was my first Colleen Hoover, and I absolutely loved it. From the first chapter, I didn’t want to put this book down. It had me feeling a rollercoaster of emotions, and I’m left wanting to read another CoHo book immediately!
Beautifully written, this is an easy book to jump straight into as you quickly feel attached to the characters and the relationships that are both coming together and falling apart. Hoover crafts her story fantastically, making you feel every high and low as this family attempt to deal with a tragic situation that has shaken all of their lives.
Blending young adult and contemporary romance, you can relate both to both mother and daughter as Hoover navigates their emotions tremendously. Clara is going through a troubling time with her family at the same time as experiencing her first serious relationship, and you can really understand her need to act out.
Grown-ups might not have their shit figured out any more than we do. They just wear more convincing masks.
But it’s Morgan who I connected to the most. She’s faced with a painful situation, but I could really relate to the torment going on in her head, stuck in limbo trying to figure out how to look after everybody around her.
Their stories are then weaved together as their mother-daughter relationship develops around how they deal with their individual grief. There were a few tears, but I smiled through most of them.
There are definitely moments that pull on your heartstrings, but it’s mostly a lovely story that will leave you filled with hope and warmth.