Colleen Hoover never fails to astound me. The skill in which she makes a fictional story, all the highs and lows of a relationship, seem so real, blows me away. All Your Perfects was real, raw, and an all-consuming read for me. Colleen takes what should be an idyllic marriage and slowly picks it all apart in front of the reader, making you feel the pain and devastation, the sheer want and the soul-deep love until you’re left with little more than an ache in your chest and a tear in your eye.
I was not expecting this book to affect me in the way that it did. I was, of course, anticipating an emotional read, but I was not prepared to be so fucking SAD for this couple. This was such a true-to-life story. Watching this couple struggle, taking this journey with them, feeling how deeply in love they are, yet so broken at the same time, was hard. Anyone in a committed relationship could easily put themselves into Graham & Quinn’s shoes, realizing how their problems could so easily be their own.
“I promise to love you more when you hate me than when you love me.”
This story reached a part of me that few ever do. It opened my eyes to how delicate love is, how we need to nurture our relationships and remain open and receiving to our partners, even when we don’t like what might result from that.
As with any Colleen Hoover book, I was emotionally wrung out after reading All Your Perfects, my heart full while at the same time aching. There are so many facets to this story to reveal and understand, and I look forward to re-reading this story very soon (much more slowly, this time!) so that I can more acutely feel everything that Colleen was trying to convey in this story.
In my eyes, All Your Perfects was much like a successful marriage…the painful parts hurt like a bitch, but the end result is so, so worth it.