Heart-breaking and absolutely inspiring. This book played at my heartstrings and then healed them completely. I was hooked from the get-go and by the time I reached the end, it seemed like I had completely flooded the house with my tears of catharsis. This is a must-read for couples in a serious relationship or those considering one in the future. The following is a spoiler-free review.

All your perfects book cover by Colleen Hoover for review

Book Blurb:Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

Then: The last thing Quinn expected was to meet the love of her life just outside her fiance’s front door. A year after leaving behind their cheating partners, Quinn and Graham are in a perfect relationship that seems designed by fate.

Now: Seven years later, Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair. All Your Perfects is powerfully moving story about a broken couple whose future hinges on promises made in the past, reminding us that the enduring power of love is the ultimate saviour.

Quinn and Graham are a couple with some major relationship issues. They’re not perfect people. In fact there were several moments where I felt quite peeved and wanted to shake them into seeing sense. I found the alternating ‘Now’ and ‘Then’ chapters to be particularly effective in gradually introducing the reader to the two characters and building a contrast which is immensely emotive. We are given a view into how they first met (where they humourously stole their cheating spouses’ Chinese takeaway and proceeded to eat it in front of them) and how their relationship blossomed into something extraordinary. This is in stark contrast to seven years later, where the couple has to deal with some heart-wrenching personal problems which appear set to ruin them forever.

However, the couple made a promise the day before they were married that should they ever want a divorce, they would open a wooden brown box with some secret contents. Whatever is inside could be their saving grace. Naturally, we don’t find out what’s inside the wooden box until near the end of the book.

Upon finishing this book I felt amazed at how poignant it was. Hoover has worked her magic once again by showing us the importance of communication, support, and most importantly never losing sight of why you made a promise to love someone in the first place. A stunning read.

My favourite quotes from the book:

When you meet someone who is good for you, they won’t fill you with insecurities by focussing on your flaws. They’ll fill you with inspiration, because they’ll focus on all the best parts of you’

If God didn’t believe in me, then I’d have to believe you were just a coincidence. And you being a coincidence in my life is a lot harder for me to fathom than the mere existence of a higher power’.

And of course… ‘If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim’

Rating: 4.5/5  

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