Title: Regretting You
Author: Colleen Hoover
“I think it’s time I figure out who I was meant to become before I started living my life for everyone else.”
Morgan and her daughter Clara have a complicated relationship which becomes more hostile after Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, gets in a car accident. They soon learn that their lives will forever be changed, in more ways than one. Misunderstanding each other, both women lean on the men closest to them. However, this in turn causes the mother and daughter to drift further apart. They soon must decide if they will continue on this track or let the truth set them free.
“Sometimes you have to walk away from the fight in order to win it.”
I have mixed feelings about this book. Since it is a Colleen Hoover book, I had really high expectations, but it in no way compared to some of her other pieces of work such as It Ends With Us. The romance aspects were a bit dry and the relationship between the mother and daughter was infuriating. I actually had to skip through parts of the book because I HATED the daughter Clara. Regardless of the misunderstanding, Clara was terrible to her mother who in my eyes was just being a protective mother. I found myself skimming through a lot of Clara’s chapters because I couldn’t stand hearing her complain about how her mother is a terrible person for getting mad at her for being out past her curfew.
The ending of Regretting You was sweet, but I still wasn’t satisfied because I felt like everyone just gave Clara a free pass for being rude. I think Colleen Hoover was trying to show that everyone grieves differently, but Clara was a very aggravating character that hurt the overall outcome of the book. I didn’t see the ending as a mother and daughter finally coming together, I saw it as a spoiled brat learning that the whole world doesn’t revolve around her.
“I’ve believed in you since the moment I met you. I believe in myself now that I’ve finally left you.”
Now that I got that out of my system, I would like to talk about a few things that I DID like about this book. This book made me feel some strong emotions, including anger, sadness, and happiness. My heart hurt for the betrayal that Morgan experienced and then having to deal with Clara on top of that would have been nearly unbearable. Seeing her get back on her feet and begin to smile again made me genuinely happy for her. I really liked Morgan’s character in general. She was a very selfless person who stayed strong through an impossible situation.
Lastly, I liked the overall message of this book that things may not always be as they seem and that communication is important. A lot of the conflict that happens between the main characters could have been avoided if they would have been more open with one another. Although I rated Regretting You 3 out of 5 stars, many other people really like it so if it sounds like something you may be interested in, you should still give it a try!