Review: Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

From #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us comes a poignant novel about family, first love, grief, and betrayal that will touch the hearts of both mothers and daughters.

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.

**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

It has been more than three years since I last read a book by Colleen Hoover. That is a long time, and Regretting You has reminded me that I need to get back and read the books that have been released since then. I finished this book in two sittings. It was so engaging and I just couldn't put it down. This book is told in dual POV, that of the mother Morgan and her sixteen year old daughter Clara. Morgan had Clara when she was a teenager, and doesn't want Morgan to make the same mistakes she made. However, Clara is a good girl that mostly follows the rules. However, when tragedy strikes this family, Clara does what a lot of teens do in this situation, which is to act out.

I absolutely loved that we got to follow the story from both the mother and daughter. It felt like two stories but it was integrated perfectly. You could feel the heartbreak and it brought me to tears many times. Morgan is trying to find herself, and come to terms with things from her past. Clara is conflicted and blames herself for the death of her father. Regretting You was a refreshing and original read. It was about family, forgiveness, and moving on. It also had romance that I enjoyed a lot. It felt natural and not fabricated. It wasn't perfect, and the characters didn't act the way I expected, which I loved. It was unpredictable, which had me on the edge of my seat. I would love a sequel because I hated saying goodbye to the characters, and I am very curious to see where they all end up in the future. I am ready to go back and read all the Colleen Hoover books that I missed out on. 

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including the bestselling women’s fiction novel It Ends with Us and the bestselling psychological thriller Verity. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Hoover and her family founded the Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service that offers signed novels donated by authors. All profits go to various charities each month to help those in need. Hoover lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. 

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