Why People Love Colleen Hoover

Roza Spartalyan, reporter

Can one woman be the defining author of a generation?

Colleen Hoover is a popular author who writes contemporary romance novels. Hoover’s books have always been popular among readers, but now even more so because of her recent popularity on Tik Tok.

Tik Tok is an app created to share videos of all kinds, and one of those kinds of videos is book reviews or recommendations. This side of Tik Tok is referred to as “Book Tok.” Users of the app that also read use their platforms to talk about their favorite books.

The book that brought Hoover her fame is her 2016 novel It Ends With Us. The novel came highly recommended by many people on Tik Tok until it reached almost everyone on the app. People who rarely picked up a book were deciding to read It Ends With Us.

The book gained popularity because of its shocking plot twist and the characters that Hoover was able to make readers sympathize with, which is her specialty.

The question is, why did people love this book so much, along with all her other books? Colleen Hoover’s books, while being mostly romance, also contain themes that aren’t usually explored in a romance novel. Hoover dives into complex family relationships, friendships, and situations in relationships that most people would feel weird talking about in a normal conversation.

Senior Marianna Balian said, “My favorite Colleen Hoover book is Reminders of Him, which is about a mother in a tough situation reconnecting with her daughter. It was refreshing to read about something that no one really talks about.”

Hoover’s use of these themes captures the attention of any reader and keeps their attention long enough to reach her plot twists that produce more shock than the plot itself. Another draw to Hoover’s writing is her ability to connect readers with her characters and their situations. The protagonist of It Ends With Us made creators on Tik Tok come to the support of a woman who does not exist.

Senior Ariana Khzarjyan said, “I felt for her and knew that if I was in her position I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.”

Colleen Hoover writes contemporary romance novels that catch the attention of teenagers and young adults because she is able to craft plotlines that delve into things no one expects to see in a romance book, as well as creates characters that readers never want to see in the situations they’re in. Hoover has grabbed the attention of an entire generation and she doesn’t plan on letting it go anytime soon.

A collection of Colleen Hoover’s most popular books, centering It Ends With Us, which she is most recognized for.

Photo Credit: Roza Spartalyan

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