20.3.15

Book Blurb Breakdown: Confess by Colleen Hoover

book blurb breakdown

Book Blurb Breakdown is a Sarcasm & Lemons feature where your anal English degree-holding author (gently) rips apart jacket blurbs to pin down what makes her want to pick up the book instantly--and what makes her want to throw it at the wall.  See the original post for more detail.  





today's blurb





Status:  Unread


the blurb: as is 
from Goodreads

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. 

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s 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 risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets 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.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…


the blurb:  shredded 

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new (Duh.) novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies (Hm, this confuses me.  What exactly is "finding your heart"?)

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. (Okay, interesting.  We have a clear potential for conflict, some hint of her personality.) But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn't expect to find a deep attraction ("Find" is weird here.  How do you "find" an attraction?) to the enigmatic (Ugh. Of course he is.) artist (Mm, okay, I love artsy boys. You've got me.) who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover (that) Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out (This phrasing is awkward.  From coming out?  So they're not his secrets?  Whose are they?  Why not just say he's keeping secrets?  Besides the grammar, this is pretty intriguing, although I wish for something more evocative than "major".). The magnitude (Weird word, again.  He has a big past?) of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn (Hm, cool.  This really makes me wonder how his past could be connected to Auburn.  I also imagine that controlled, driven Auburn must really be reeling.), and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it. (Conflict!  Girl taking control of her life!  Yay!)

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn (Oh dear, split narrative.  Oh well.), but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art (Okay, this is a really great line.  Creates an atmosphere, a mystery.). All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess (Nice!  "Confess" is so evocative here.  It's much more interesting than "tell the truth" and really hooks me.). But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin… (Oooooooh.) 



the verdict 
4.5/5 stars

would i read it?:  yes

Despite a few grammar hitches that really irritate me, this is a great blurb.  It succinctly lays out the nature of the characters and the main conflict.  It creates tension and mystery without giving too much away.  In particular, it sets up Auburn as a rather inhibited girl who takes a risk, only to be burned for it.  I like this, because so often girls in romances take risks and it's all amazing and dandy--but sometimes it's dangerous!  The blurb also dances around the nature of Owen's secrets in an infuriatingly intriguing way that makes me want to read, if only to figure out the truth.  And that word, "Confess."  It evokes crime, sin, corruption.  It makes me wonder what could be seen as "subjective."  I'm not a huge straight-romance fan, but I'm sold.   



your thoughts

Does this blurb grab you?  
Do you agree with my thoughts?  If not, how so?  
Do you have any recommendations for blurbs I should shred?  



some previous breakdowns 

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Dangerous by Shannon Hale
She's Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgewick
Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine



4 comments:

  1. It's the first time I've come across your blog (and thus this post), and it is BRILLIANT. I totally judge books by how cheesy their blurbs can be, so this obviously I loved this feature. ;) Maybe next time you should turn this into a meme and let others join in, because it's really too fun to resist.

    The first line in the first paragraph actually made me roll my eyes a bit. It sounds like something I've seen in thousands of other blurbs. But the "artist" part in that paragraph definitely piqued my interest as well! I love the cutting the guy out of her life bit, too. The other parts of that paragraph irk me because of the grammar and cheesiness. But the entire last paragraph = yes!

    So for me, I think this is still more of a maybe (2.5-3 stars, I'd say?), but I'm glad this one grabbed you! ;)

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoy it. It's one of my favorites. I also love the meme idea. I never thought of that. Maybe I'll start that out this week.

      Ha, I did a little as well. It's definitely not the most inventive language. I typically am a little softer on the writing, just because I know that it's the marketing department, not the authors, who typically write these up. So, while the cheesiness annoys me, I don't necessarily attribute it all to Hoover.

      I think looking back I'd probably give it a 3.5 or 4, just because I know it's probably going to be your typical NA, but I try not to let my preconceptions rule me too much. I think I'm very swayed by cute artist on this one. ;)

      Thanks for coming by!

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  2. It always helps for me to read the blurbs in the voice of the Moviefone guy, which softens the "OMG INFLATED HIGH STAKES" edge of just about every contemporary novel book blurb ever. As a fellow English grammar marm, I applaud your red penning. :)

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    1. Haha, that's such a great idea! I love it. I'm definitely trying that next time. It gives a good feel for whether the blurb is punchy or not.

      As for the red pen...why thank you. ;) I just can't overlook certain things.

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