The Random Bibliophile

by Renee Alexis

Renee Alexis
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Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
This book has been sitting in my to-be-read list for a couple of months now and I finally was in the mood to pick it up. I love Colleen Hoover's books. I 've been a fan of her since 2016 and this one is a little bit different from her previous works but it's equally as poignant as the others. If you haven't read this book yet, I'm just gonna warn you that there will be some minor spoilers up ahead. ✌

The book started out with Morgan's POV. I was immediately engrossed because I'm a sucker for high school romances. I did not expect that the next chapter would be a fast forward to the present - 17 years after chapter 1.

I was kind of mislead by the synopsis of this book. I was given the impression that Morgan and Clara had a bad mother-daughter relationship but the relationship they had, in the beginning, was okay. It just went downhill later on when Chris died, which I think was normal because both of them were grieving and they had different ways to cope up.

It was devastating to read in Morgan's POV knowing the truth and how she had to hide it to protect her daughter, and very frustrating reading in Clara's POV knowing that she got it wrong. Clara is the typical teenager who bursts out in spite and anger when something was not right by her. I can never really blame her for acting out though because she was grieving. Losing two loved ones at a very young age is very traumatic especially when they were your whole world. But I have to say that I found her a little bit annoying sometimes.

As I was reading through, I couldn't wait until Clara would find out about the whole truth so that she would finally understand what her mother was really going through. I had tears in the last chapters of the book. The relief I felt was overwhelming when Clara finally understood what was happening. I was thankful that Clara was wise enough to put the pieces together even though Morgan was hesitant to tell her the truth because I didn't want her to hate her mother.

Overall, the plot was not that extraordinary but how it was written and presented was excellent. I expect nothing less from CoHo because she really delivers every time. I love the characters, especially Miller. He was there for Clara through her ups and downs. I liked Morgan best, she was the strongest person in this book. Going through all those things would break a person but she kept going because she loves her daughter so much. What I really would have loved to know more is about Chris and Jenny. I badly wanted to read the contents of the letters but I understand that not knowing is a part of letting go. Morgan is a character I would look up to when it comes to making difficult decisions because I can never do the things she did if it was me in her position.




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