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 a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?
Colleen Hoover has quite clearly moved away from writing cute little romance stories. Well even those stories, the ones she wrote until a few years ago, were more emotional and touching than so many others but I still place them in the category of feel-good stories. It Ends With Us wasn’t a feel-good story for me, it was a punch in the gut kind of story, it was poignant and real, and this one – don’t let the cover let you think otherwise – is the same. She now obviously writes stories with a message, about things that life throws at you and how people cope with that.
The story has 2 plotlines, one showing Graham and Quinn at the very start of their relationship (cue swoonworthy moments) and years later in the present, when their relationship comes under such durress it might not even survive. How did it get this far when they were such a perfect couple? I really wanted to hang onto the chapters in the past but the author didn’t let me and kept the story going into the present too so that I couldn’t escape what was going on with them.
““What’s the secret to a perfect marriage?’ The old man leaned forward and looked at me very seriously. ‘Our marriage hasn’t been perfect. No marriage is perfect. There were times when she gave up on us. There were even more times when I gave up on us. The secret to our longevity is that we never gave up at the same time.”
The main topic of the story was maybe a little bit out of the way of my own experiences and ideas about what I want in life, but I could understand Quinn and it wasn’t hard to root for them to find their way to each other again. I liked Quinn but it hurt me too to see how she pushed Graham away and let this unfulfilled dream come between them. As a bystander it’s easier to see what is needed and what is going on of course, and I wanted to tell her that communication was the only way out of it but I could only hope and wish so hard that they’d come to the same conclusion before reaching the breaking point of their marriage.
I really liked the story but if I want to compare it to the previous novel I read then I have to admit I really liked reading All Your Perfects but didn’t love it like It Ends With Us. It was heartfelt but this time it didn’t break me into a million pieces like her other novel did. It is however still a very recommendable story!
I purchased an ecopy of this novel. This is my honest opinion.