Book Review: Too Late by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Too Late
Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: April 8th 2016, on Wattpad
Pages: 247
Genre: New Adult
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.

Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way.

Nothing except Carter. (Goodreads)

My thoughts:

For me, this was my first Colleen Hoover book so I was pretty excited going into it because everyone raves about Colleen Hoover’s books. Sadly, I was kind of let down by the book. First off I would like to give a trigger warning for domestic violence and sexual abuse because those are recurring themes in this book. So if you do not want to read about those things, don’t read this book. This book is available as a free book on Wattpad. So for anyone who’s wallet is as empty as mine and is still looking for a book to read, check this out!

This book is about Sloan who is in college and dating Asa Jackson. Sloan’s brother has a lot of issues in his life and is stuck in a mental care facility. Sloan is dating Asa to be able to help her brother out in his tough situation. Asa claims he loves Sloan but does not always show it correctly. One day Sloan meets Carter in her Spanish class and she starts to fall for him and his sweet demeanor.

First off a few things I did like about this book, I thought Colleen Hoover’s writing style was very good. I liked her description of things and I liked that she didn’t sugar coat situations, even the events of sexual abuse. This may sound weird to say, but sometimes I feel it is very unrealistic how authors portray sexual violence and abuse in novels. They may shy away from the really horrible parts of it. For this reason, the way Colleen Hoover didn’t sugar coat the events made it feel more realistic.

I also enjoyed Sloan’s relationship with Carter. Both of their characters were very likeable and you grew attached to them very quickly. I also enjoyed the way they interacted with each other. They were cute and made jokes which felt very true to what a college relationship should be like.

I disliked the way Hoover didn’t really go into Sloan’s brother. I would have loved to have seen more of Sloan’s relationship with him and I really think he could have been a much bigger side character.

I also felt that there was some instalove between Carter and Sloan, this really put me off at first and I even thought about putting the book down. Eventually, I got over the instalove and was able to continue on with the story but it did keep burning in the back of my mind.

Overall, I enjoyed this book enough to continue with Colleen Hover’s books. I will probably be picking up another one of her books in the summer for a nice contemporary read. This book didn’t get me off to the greatest start on her books but I did really enjoy the writing style and it was a quick and easy read so I will be picking up more of her books.

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