The success of Colleen Hoover and her novels


Emma Braman, Staff Writer

Colleen Hoover has swept the country with her novels within these past few years. The American author captivates many teens with books about romance, relationships, and all the problems that can come along with being in love. With many of her stories being inspired by personal experiences, Hoover gives an inside view of abusive relationships, toxic masculinity, sexual assault, and much more. 

Hoover grew up in Saltillo, Texas, and graduated from Saltillo High School in 1998. She went to college at Texas A&M, majoring in social work. In 2000, she married her high school sweetheart, William Hoover, with whom she has three children. Hoover worked various social work and teaching jobs before writing her first novel in November of 2011, with no intention of it being published. However, in January of 2012, Hoover self-published her first book, Slammed. A sequel, Point of Retreat, was published only a month later. 

Maryse Black, a book blogger, stumbled across Hoover’s work. Reviewing her novels and giving her a five-star rating, Black had just started Hoover’s career. Sales rapidly took off for Hoover’s first two books, landing her on the New York Times bestseller list: Slammed at number eight, and Point of Retreat sitting at number eighteen. 

After the success of Slammed, Hoover quit her job in social work and became a full-time author. She continued to write twenty-two more books from 2013-2022, nine of which being on the New York Times bestseller list. With more books to come in the future, Hoover has proven herself to be a successful writer. With the help of TikTok, Hoover’s books have been spread to new audiences. She has sold over 20 million copies of her novels around the world.

Her work has been a hit with high schoolers and teens. Hoover’s way of writing is simple and easy to understand, yet her stories are complicated and sophisticated, making it easy for teenagers to follow along. 

These books by Hoover give teenagers a sense of reality about dating, and what to look out for during a relationship. Her novels help teens realize the red and green flags of a relationship, while giving readers a suspense and mystery filled novel to enjoy. This is especially helpful for high school aged kids since they are diving into the world of dating. It is important for these teens to be able to identify a healthy and abusive relationship, but also shows how exciting and fun a new relationship can be.

With over twenty novels published, Colleen Hoover has made an impact on many lives with her work. Many people on social media are praising her books, urging others to read the lively novels themselves. I have been reading her books for the past few months, and I certainly do love them myself. Though they may be ‘cookie-cutter’ romance novels, they are filled with excitement, passion, and mystery. With an eventful story line, and even more exciting characters, they are perfect novels for high school students to enjoy. 

Hoover’s literature has also inspired many teens to dive into reading. Most high school students aren’t huge fans of reading on their own time, especially when they could be playing sports or video games instead, but Colleen Hoover’s work has made reading fun and exciting again. Who wouldn’t want to read a book full of suspense and love? Teens can relate to her stories since they are going through the experiences in the books themselves. 

I highly recommend Colleen Hoover’s books to anyone who is struggling to finish a book all the way through, people who love romance, and teenagers in general. Her novels are easy to follow along, full of excitement and mystery, and you won’t want to put the book down.