All Your Perfects
by Hoover, Colleen






A damaged couple in a troubled marriage grapple with the memories and mistakes they've made and secrets they've kept as they try to repair their love.





Quinn and Graham meet outside an apartment where their significant others are cheating on them. They bond and eventually marry. The story moves between their courtship and a rough period in their marriage as they struggle with infertility. While the infertility details are tragically realistic, the sadness does not take away from the poignant love story as these two find their way to each other again after balancing on the edge of divorce. With Hoover's (Without Merit, 2017) evocative style, readers will experience the emotion of this story while sympathizing with both Quinn and Graham. Each makes mistakes. Quinn shuts Graham out and Graham kisses a coworker. Adoption is legally not possible for Graham, and medical issues interfere, yet they work through it all. Insensitive comments by others and the pain of siblings' repeated pregnancies highlight their difficult journey in vivid detail. Many tales about infertility end with a miracle baby; it is refreshing to find that Hoover takes a different approach. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.





Named for an imperfectly worded fortune cookie, Hoover's (It Ends with Us, 2016, etc.) latest compares a woman's relationship with her husband before and after she finds out she's infertile. Quinn meets her future husband, Graham, in front of her soon-to-be-ex-fiance's apartment, where Graham is about to confront him for having an affair with his girlfriend. A few years later, they are happily married but struggling to conceive. The "then and now" format—with alternating chapters moving back and forth in time—allows a hopeful romance to blossom within a dark but relatable dilemma. Back then, Quinn's bad breakup leads her to the love of her life. In the now, she's exhausted a laundry list of fertility options, from IVF treatments to adoption, and the silver lining is harder to find. Quinn's bad relationship with her wealthy mother also prevents her from asking for more money to throw at the problem. But just when Quinn's narrative starts to sound like she's writing a long Facebook rant about her struggles, she reveals the larger issue: Ever since she and Graham have been trying to have a baby, intimacy has become a chore, and she doesn't know how to tell him. Instead, she hopes the contents of a mystery box she's kept since their wedding day will help her decide their fate. With a few well-timed silences, Hoover turns the fairly common problem of infertility into the more universal problem of poor communication. Graham and Quinn may or may not become parents, but if they don't talk about their feelings, they won't remain a couple, either. Finding positivity in negative pregnancy-test results, this depiction of a marriage in crisis is nearly perfect. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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