Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

Description

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.

My Thoughts

This was a difficult book to read. A good book. A great story. But the content made it difficult because not only are mother and daughter (Morgan and Clara) grieving, but they are also at odds with each other.

In typical Colleen Hoover fashion, she wrote a story that really tears at your heartstrings.

During chapter one, we're introduced to main character Morgan when she's a teenager. She has a small group that she hangs out with that includes her boyfriend Chris, her sister Jenny, and their friend Jonah. The four spend all their time together running around town and having fun together. But it's a surprise to all of them when Morgan finds out she's pregnant at seventeen.

Cut to the future, where Morgan is still hanging out with the same people. She and her husband Chris live a comfortable life with their sixteen year old Clara. Jenny is always nearby, along with Jonah and their infant son Elijah. 

They share history, and that makes them family.

I'll be honest. Even though I read the description of the book beforehand, I was not prepared for the "tragic and questionable" accident that tore this family apart. My heart broke for everyone involved, in different ways.

What really broke my heart was the rift between Morgan and Clara. It was tough to read because they were clearly just grieving in different ways. Morgan was kind of in denial, picking and choosing what she chose to accept about the situation, and also picking and choosing what she chose to share with her daughter.

I get that she was trying to protect her, but it was really frustrating.

Meanwhile, Clara is missing a lot of information and therefore, believes a lot of things that aren't true. It was one of those deals where I was like "Why can't these two characters just talk to each other? It would make things SO much less tense". Clara was really hard on her Mom because of the information she was missing, and it did make me feel bad for Morgan.

But with that being said, I really enjoyed this book. I liked the mother-daughter aspect of the story and although lack of communication was a big part of the story, I really enjoyed getting to see how Jonah helped Morgan and Miller helped Clara.

I would definitely recommend this book. The story is different from other Colleen Hoover reads but her writing style is always a pleasure to read, so I enjoy pretty much any book she puts out. It seems like a lot of her stuff is available on KU so I've been catching up on the backlist.

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Before I go, I wanted to share that Regretting You is available in Kindle Unlimited, and the audiobook is included as well. I listened to the audiobook while I was working on other things and I thought the narrators for Morgan and Clara (the story is told through alternating perspectives) were very nice to listen to.

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