Confess by Colleen Hoover Book Summary

Winner of the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

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Confess (Colleen Hoover) Book Reviews

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- I wish it was longer5 star

This book was amazing

- ‘OMG’💫💥🍷 🖼5 star

This is the fourth book that I’ve read of hers. I was so sure ‘It Ends With Us’ was my favorite but this book definitely takes first place. Wow! I cannot wait to read every book Colleen Hoover has ever written. Yes it’s that amazing! Love Owen so much!!


LOVED THIS SO MUCH. New favorite book, no doubt.

- I really don’t have words to describe it.5 star

This book went way beyond my expectations, I can’t even put it into words. Like I say in every review I do of Colleen’s novels, her writing is impeccable and is no doubt my favorite to read. The way she builds her characters and builds these relationships through words is astonishing. The whole time I’m reading it feels as if I’m reading a strong story of poetry. It’s amazing! This story is about two unlucky souls who find each other through fate. They become inseparable, though the events that flow through the story tear them apart. It’s an incredible journey for them to find a way around it and I highly recommend reading to find out how they do it. Also, I could not have loved the ending more, though my heart squeezes a little at the thought of how cool it would have been if Auburn knew about Adam and Owens situation. Kind of like Hopeless in a way.

- Wow!5 star

I’m not sure what I expected this book to be about but wow! The storyline was so good. This is the first book I’ve read by Colleen Hoover and I can’t wait to read another. The characters were so well written, the twists in the plot were captivating and I enjoyed every second of this book.

- Beautiful5 star

I’ve read almost all of Colleen’s books (and always read them in one day because I can’t put them down) they always pull you in and make you feel the feels. I always feel so emotionally drained while reading them though. Maybe Someday, Ugly Love and this book are my favorites!!

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- Amazing!!!4 star

My eyes are so puffy from crying. Cried in the first chapter & then on the last one. So captivating & the storyline is just ACE. 🙌🏽 Beautiful written. I just wish there was more closure but other than that, AMAZING!

- Outstanding5 star

This is only my second book I’ve read from Hoover yet both are my favorite out of all the romance books I’ve ever read (and I’ve read thousands). This book is perfection. Once I started reading I could stop, even when I was crying about what was taking place. I was immersed into the world of Auburn and Owen and couldn’t escape. I felt all the pain, all the tension, and all the joy they encountered. How Hoover gets me to connect with the characters and feel their every emotion astounds me. This book is a must read or even reread!

- Phenomenal5 star

This book completely touched my heart and really opened my eyes to the world of domestic abuse. Colleen’s “note from the author” at the end of the story about her mother is so heartbreaking, but shows what an incredible woman she is. This is an amazing book wow.

- Wow5 star

This Book Made Me Laugh And Made Me Cry. I Felt What Adam Felt, I Felt What Owen Felt And I Felt What Auburn Felt. Took Me Only A Day To Read And From The First Page To The Last I Loved Every Word!! Besides Ugly Love This Is The Second Book Of Colleen's I Have Read.... I Wish This Didn't Have To End. Thank You!!

- Must Read5 star

I'm not sure how Colleen Hoover seems to come up with the most amazing and memorable quotes, but she does every time. I'm sure you will notice my list of favorite quotes is the longest I've ever made. I even left some out because the list kept growing. Colleen's writing reminds me more of poetry or song lyrics than a novel. She invokes such strong emotions and feeling with her writing that I can only compare her to a very short list of authors. I love how Colleen waited until the very last chapter to reveal certain events that happened years before and had unknowingly impacted Auburn's life both in the past and the present. Yes, these events COULD have been revealed in the beginning of the story, but I felt like the mystery throughout combined with the revelation at the end added so much more emotion with a larger impact. I am slowly making my way through all of Colleen Hoover's books and as soon as I heard about Confess being made into a show for Verizon's Go90 app, I knew this had to be my next read.

- Loved it5 star

Loved it make feel like you are there with them.

- I'll love you forever ... even when I shouldn't5 star

What a beautiful story. I’m not sure what I thought Confess would really be about but I loved how Owen, an artist, has a slot at his studio where people can walk by and leave anonymous confessions about anything they want. He uses these as inspiration for the art he creates, naming each piece with the confession. Owen finds a kinship with these confessions as he tries to cope with his own fractured past. Auburn finds herself living in a new city for very challenging reasons after the love of her life dies as a teenager. She needs another job and finds herself in front of Owen’s gallery where a help wanted sign is posted. It sort of feels like fate. We get to experience these two broken souls as they connect on that fateful night. With all the hurdles they each have to face, can they find a path to love? Will they let themselves realize that they deserve love? I loved every heart stopping moment of this incredible love story that also surprised me more than once with the wonderful twists and turns.

- OMG5 star

This book is amazing. I started reading it and could not put the book down, read it in one day.

- I can't read it1 star

I purchased the book and it keeps telling me error none of the pages will load.

- Beautiful5 star

This book was beautifully written and immediately had me engrossed. The amount of emotions this story evokes are amazing. I knew from the first page that I was going to love this and I'm so grateful that I picked it up by chance. It's such a beautiful story and I'm thrilled that it will grace my bookshelves forever!

- Amazing!!5 star

Colleen Hoover is a fantastic author. Confess is the first book of hers that I read and I literally couldn't put it down. Within the next few days after finishing it I read 4 more of her books. I highly recommend!!

- Wonderful5 star

This story made me cry 😔 I feel so happy I ran into this book in the library ❤️ wow! Bravo Colleen! I would soooo love this book come to life! A movie 👌🏼❤️😊 I will definitely go to sleep thinking about this book! Excellent job👏🏼

- Literally sobbing.4 star

She just continues to amaze me with her stories. They really pull at the heart strings.

- Purely Amazing5 star

Confess by Colleen Hoover is enchanting, caught me with every word I wanted to keep reading more and more of it, if you have the chance I would recommend reading the book!

- Wow😍😍😍5 star

I absolutely love every book I have read by Colleen Hoover but this one is by far my favorite....words can't even describe how beautiful this book is. All I can say is read it, just read it!

- Great book!5 star

Great book!

- She does it again!!!!!4 star

I've read every single one of her books and they all blow me away in a different way! There is no writer that can compare! Absolutely loved this story! There's so much more I want to know! Maybe Someday and Ugly Love are still my favs by a small margin! I'm giving it a 4 star because of that and because I wish it could have been longer! Please never ever stop writing!!!

- Couldn't put it down!5 star

I Loved this book! It is so well written I couldn't put it down. The characters are so real and I loved the connection the characters had, even if Auburn wasn't completely aware of it... Owen is simply amazing. I plan to read ALL of her books. Truly an amazing author and I have read enough to know.

- Heartfelt5 star

The story is so compelling that didn't want to stop reading and leave the characters. All the pieces didn't come together until the very end and when they did, it was beautiful.

- Had me in tears!5 star

Talk about a tear jerker!! This book had me balling my eyes out!! One of he best stories ever. Really made me believe in fate. It was just so unexpected. Love it!! Must read!!!

- Picture says it all5 star

Wow this was awesome. Owen the troubled artist. Auburn appears to be his fate. His love for her just tears you apart. Her love for him has to build and grow. But their story is awesome. Great read.

- I confess I should have read this sooner.5 star

Colleen you once wrote on FB that a person should continue writing until their story gets noticed and that you were very lucky. I have to agree. What you have many authors will never learn. I'm not sure it can be taught. We all learn to write in school just as most learn an instrument but in both cases I'm neither a writer nor a musician.Some people are blessed with talent. Colleen you are blessed with multiple talents. You are an amazing writer. An amazing poet. An amazing advice giver. When you write you open my mind and eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. You make me a believer. When I read your books I do not think these are a work of fiction I think these are probably based on someone else's life. I already feel the connection from the first few sentences in each one of your books. It's as if the whisper chill is running down my back at the way your words make me feel. Your words reach deep inside of me and create a world so different from what I currently live. I love the mystery behind the characters. Only giving and sharing small pieces of themselves for another time. I love how Colleen uses the simplest of things that most people take for granted and use it in a way that is memorable. Such as holding hands, staring into ones eyes, breath on ones neck, tucking hair behind ones ear, and caging someone in with there arms. The chapters switch back and forth between Owen and Auburn's POV. I love when authors do this. It gives instant perspective on how the other character is reacting to the situation. The story is separated into two parts. The name of the book was a bit deceiving at first. I thought it was a story full of people's confessions. Instead the concept for confessions was so much better than I originally thought. I was blown away by the fate that brought Owen and Auburn together.

- Confess paints a story of loss, heartbreak, fear, strength and hope.5 star

Colleen Hoover has a way of bringing something new to the book world. Like when she had the talent of singer/songwriter Griffin Peterson write a 7 song album that went with her book Maybe Someday. This is one of the many things I love about Colleen Hoover. She brings all these different disciplines of artistic abilities together. Writing is an art, just like painting and songwriting; bringing these different aspects of art together and supporting other artists is pretty amazing to me. These collaborations are beautifully done and Colleen Hoover is a pretty awesome trend setter. I would very much be in support of more authors taking part in collaborations such as these. I love books that have a connection to the art world. For me, art is an extremely intimate and personal expression; I suppose as an artist myself I find a connection in characters that are artists. Owen Gentry is an artist that beautifully paints the confessions of others. Although, I should say that the artist Danny O'Connor's paintings are beautiful. Within the book you will find images of paintings mentioned in the book; adding a unique and intimate element to the story. I was able to create a personal connection with Auburn that caused me to understand so very much of what it was she was feeling. The situation she finds herself in is one that she never could have predicted or been prepared for. She is a young woman doing all that she can to be the best person she can for those she loves. As for Owen, he is doing the same thing. Protecting those he loves. The two of them realize that while protecting and doing everything they can for everyone else, they have sacrificed so much of themselves. They both begin to contemplate just how much of themselves they have given up, and when to say enough is enough. They find strength and courage in each other that they didn't have before and start to fight for a future that is far better than what they have been living. Writing is an art. An author "paints" a story for her readers, only she uses words instead of the stokes of a paintbrush. Slowly the colors are added, the mood is set, and the final product begins to take form. A completed picture that slowly comes together piece by piece, word by word. Confess paints a story of loss, heartbreak, fear, strength and hope. I read these pages and watched the story of Owen and Auburn come together, both their individual stories and the story they write together. At times there were paint strokes I didn't see coming and it would change the picture in my mind from light to dark. It broke my heart, but there was still beauty to be found beneath the sadness. I really really wanted to have an epilogue that was set a bit in the future just to tie off a couple of the secondary loose ends. I wanted to be able to paint that final picture of happiness in my mind.

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- Great story5 star

Great story, I like how she writes and tells a story and this is the first book of hers that I read and very happy I did 😊

- LOVED5 star

this was the first book I've read from Colleen Hoover & have since purchased a few more! This book was amazing and had me on edge I couldn't put it down or stop reading I really felt like I was in the book seeing all this firsthand, great read I would for sure recommend it

- OMG...5 star

These three letters we all know will also mean something else after you read this book. Just wow! I've have read all the books from Colleen, they're all good but this one was amazing.

- Beautiful fate5 star

Another beautiful, tear jerker from Hoover. Please don't miss out on this one.

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- Truly a novel that brings a fist to my heart!5 star

I soaked in every chapter. And I shake my head in awe and amazement. When I wasn't reading the book, I was reminiscing the scenes in my mind and what the next chapter would bring. Colleen is brilliant and talented! Empty your own penny jar because it's worth every single cent! OMG....sigh

- A lovely book....4 star

...not gonna lie, gets a little tedious in parts, but be patient and you'll be glad you were. Sweet, sometimes a little scary, a little sad but ultimately worthwhile.

- Must read!!5 star

Can't say enough about this book! Still thinking about it the day after reading it:)

- Colleen never dissapoints and this book was no different!5 star

Great book by a wonderful author. I read it in two days (would have been one if I let myself) it was so good. I couldn't put it down. Auburn and Owen have a true connection, and Colleens choice of words makes you feel like you personally know the characters. The confessions in the book were a great additive. I wish I could read more of them!

- Creative, fresh and oh so swoon worthy!5 star

A wonderful story of young love between old souls. This is such a fresh story line and combining it with real art that we can admire along with the story made the book that much better. Once again, I am in book love with another of Hoovers' book boys!

- Loved it!!5 star

I loved this book so much! I laughed, I cried, I couldn't put it down. I was so tense at times to see what would happen that I couldn't wait to get to the end, but at the same time I never wanted it to end. I know it will be added to the list of books that I could read over and over! Thank you for such a great book!


OMG : ) This book is a was amazing! Original storyline, loveable characters, so well written. Colleen Hoover gets better and better with each book she writes, this is her best yet!

- Second fate!5 star

Loved this story. Had me crying two pages in but also found lots of joy and happiness as I read further. What a way to wrap it up. OMG!! Coleen's stories really get me involved in the characters and I want to know more...

- Amazing5 star

All I can say is OMG I'm speechless..... Every book I think you can't beat it but this book is my favorite along with Maybe Someday, ugly Love, Slammed, Hopeless and so on and so on. Thank you Collen Hoover for the Amazing books 💕👏😘📚💕😜

- OMG5 star

OMG! What a powerful HEA. The story and art work were so beautiful. Be prepared to have all kinds of feelings. The confession in the book, wow!

- Confess Your Truth5 star

I have wanted to read this book from the moment I first heard about it. Finally, a story from an author that has a main character as an artist! Then I got a little nervous, because artists are not easy to completely depict. However, as any CoHort will tell you, I had to put my faith in Colleen Hoover to deliver what she does best. …And…OMG…did she. As we are brought into Auburn Reed’s world, she is struggling to make her life work. She has responsibilities and needs to be careful of who she lets in. Now enter, Owen Gentry. He is the artist and the man that has awoken something in Auburn that she thought was long gone. Through the ups and downs of their relationship, confessions are not only present in Owen’s artwork, but they play a big part in how we learn more about these characters. They say that confessions are good for the soul, but will they bring Auburn and Owen closer together or farther apart? Or will they be each other’s fate? As each page turned, I realized how well-crafted this story is. There is no twist or turn that the author misses in the past or the present in this book. She brings the emotion and passion that we all love to read about. Her characters are not only multi-dimensional, but they are real. I have commented on this in the past, but it is an aspect of a well written book that always pulls me in. A character must be one that I, as the reader, can visualize as a real person. I want to be allowed to laugh, cry, and get angry right along with them. With Confess, this is exactly what you get. From cover to cover, there is nothing about this book that I don’t like. Art Note: Because a large part of this book centers around art, I feel that I must make some sort of comment on this aspect. When you are able to see the pieces, you will understand just how beautiful the work of Danny O’Connor (aka DOC) is. The quality of in which the paint applied as well as the variety of lines creates an abstraction that goes simply beyond normal portraiture. The artist’s gift for manipulating the canvas allows these portraits to come to life. Whether it is the artist's intention or not, when I see his pieces, I am deeply affected. It is almost as if I am seeing the emotions (…or confessions) of the people that are depicted instead of their features. I can honestly say that the artist’s work enhances the story of Owen and Auburn.


COLLEEN IS ONE OF THE BEST AUTHORS EVER. Every single book is nothing short from perfect and I'm sure this book is one of them.

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@MohsinDotDot: drop ya names, lemme confess

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If Monica ever goes to confess, the father is gonna have to step out and go confess too

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@RepAdamSchiff Too bad nobody will commute your sentence. Care to confess? Why don't you tell us about Chateau Marmont?

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@TheGammatrap: "They might confess one truth, which is this: we have to kill the army to get to the tower. Usually this starts bare-hand…

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@selfolarea its okay, at least you’re brave enough to confess your feeling. semangaaat sender! semuanya akan berlalu😊🌷

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@HeyTammyBruce: Finally they confess the real agenda... Is someone at the federal level going to step up and put an end to this attempte…

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@confess_to_you Baru liatt, ini siapa yg ngirim😂 btw makasii yaaa😜

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@Peter_Fitz: And this, Elizabeth, is a streak of Australia I confess to being gobsmacked by. We are so strong in so many areas. And yet…

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@arsfiIm You guys really confess??? I thought that was a joke :(

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@nilus110 @zackncodeines When do you think they confess about the crankshafts and cigars thing?

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@degudetama Bikelah akan ak cari bahan confess

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@HeyTammyBruce: Finally they confess the real agenda... Is someone at the federal level going to step up and put an end to this attempte…

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@akusyapa__ di tunggu confess ny

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Can someone please confess their feelings for me. I won't curve you, unless your name is Jordan Takeoff

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@TheGammatrap: "They might confess one truth, which is this: we have to kill the army to get to the tower. Usually this starts bare-hand…

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